Industrial Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

What sets industrial engineering apart from other engineering disciplines is its broader scope. An industrial engineer deals with people as well as things, relating to the total pictures of productivity and quality improvement. Productivity in its simplest terms means producing the most for the least input at the best quality.

An industrial engineer looks at the "big picture" of what makes society perform best - the right combination of human resources, natural resources, and man-made structures and equipment. Professionals in this field bridge the gap between management and operations, motivating people in addition to determining what equipment, computers, etc., should be used and how they should be used.

The associate degree program provides the foundation to complete a bachelor program in industrial engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

Industrial engineers have a broad array of opportunities in the marketplace. Traditionally, most industrial engineers started their careers in manufacturing facilities, but this trend has been changing. Today about half of the industrial engineers are employed in the service sector while the other half begin their careers in manufacturing.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3 - minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8- minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the following courses:
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
ENGR 1991Elective1
 14 15
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
EE 221
EE 222
4MAE 2423
MAE 2413MAE 2433
 MAE 3203
 15 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

industrial engineering

Upon completion of the associate degree in industrial engineering, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Analyze and interpret data
  3. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  4. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in industrial engineering.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering