Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science

Northwestern's academic year operates on a three-quarter system. Students complete 12 courses per year by taking four per quarter.

To obtain the Bachelor of Science degree, a total of 48 courses are required. Seven technical electives complete the 16-course major program.

All McCormick School engineering students begin their engineering studies with the four-quarter sequence of Engineering Analysis and the two-quarter sequence of Design Thinking and Communication. Coursework in the major area usually begins sophomore year.

Core Areas

Coursework in industrial engineering and management sciences covers these core areas:

  • Probability and statistics
  • Operations research
  • Applied behavioral science
  • Engineering economy
  • Computer programming and data management


Concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Economics and finance
  • General business management
  • Industrial behavioral sciences
  • Mathematical sciences/graduate research
  • Production and logistics
  • Statistics and quality control

Capstone Design Project

A required, two-quarter senior capstone design project integrates the skills a student has learned in order to solve a real-world problem.