BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering

Two Optional Program

The Department offers BS program in Industrial and Systems Engineering with two options: either with Summer Training or with Internship.

Old vs New Curricula

In the old ISE program, the students were required to take 133 or 132 total credit hours, this has been updated in the new programs. The students who join the ISE Department starting the Academic Year of 2021/2022 will follow the new ISE curriculum with the 129 total credit hours requirement for the Summer Training option, or 128 total credit hours requirement for the Internship option.


This program is focused on design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, and equipment; it draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design; its goals are specifying, predicting, and evaluating the results to be obtained from such systems. This program is offered in two options: the summer training option and Internship. The student is free to follow either of these options. Those who opt for Summer Training are required to complete 129 credit hours and those who opt Internship are required to complete 128 credit hours to complete the graduation requirements.


To provide world-class education, scholarly impactful research, foster industry collaboration, and contribute to the social and economic advancement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond in the area of Industrial & Systems Engineering.

Student Admission

Students are not accepted directly into the program. They must be accepted for admission into the University and spend on an average one year in the Preparatory Program. Any student who passes this program and shows interest to join the ISE program is accepted. An applicant for admission at KFUPM must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. He must have a Saudi secondary school certificate, or its equivalent, and have majored in natural or technological sciences.
  2. He is required to take an entrance exam which consists of an aptitude test and a subject test administered by the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education. The aptitude test has verbal and quantitative components.
Program Accreditation

The undergraduate program Bachelor of Science (BS) in “Industrial and Systems Engineering” is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program of Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial and Systems Engineering is designed to graduate students who are expected to attain (within a few years) of graduation the following PEOs:

PEO-1: Become leading professionals in their careers by demonstrating technical expertise in Industrial and Systems Engineering and interpersonal skills.

PEO-2: Continue their professional development and learning to adapt to ever-changing environments.

PEO-3: Make positive contributions to their organizations, profession, and society at large.

Student Outcomes

The Industrial and Systems Engineering (BS) students, by the time of graduation, will have the ability to:

  1. To identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. To apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. To communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. To recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. To function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. To develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. To acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The main study areas involved in ISE program are:

Operations Research and Statistics

Optimization Methods, Queuing Systems, Decision Making, Design of Experiments, Theory of Stochastic Systems, Special Topics in Operations Research.

Production and Quality control

Sequencing & Scheduling, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Robotics, Supply Chain Systems Modeling, Industrial Information Systems, Advanced Quality Methods, Special Topics in Production and Quality Control.

Reliability and Maintenance

Maintenance Planning and Control, Reliability and Maintainability, Industrial Safety, Special Topics in Reliability and Maintenance.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The degree requirements for the ISE program can be grouped into broad sets of requirements as shown below:

(i) General Education Requirements (22 credit hours) Credit Hours
English ENGL 101, 102, 214 9
Islamic & Arabic Studies IAS 111, 121, 212, xxx 8
General Studies CGS 392, GS xxx 4
Physical Education PE 101 1
Total Credit Hours 22
(ii) Digital/Business Foundation (12 credit hours) Credit Hours
ICS ICS 104 3
ISE ISE 291 3
COE COE 292 3
BUS BUS 200 3
Total Credit Hours 12
(iii) Math & Science Requirements (26 credit hours) Credit Hours
Math MATH 101,
102, 201, 208
Physics PHYS 101,
Chemistry CHEM 101 4
Total Credit Hours 26
(iv) General Engineering Fundamentals (16 credit hours) Credit Hours
Engineering Graphics CE 101 2
Electrical Circuits EE 204 3
Probability and Statistics ISE 205 3
Materials Science ME 216, 217 4
Manufacturing Processes ME 322, 323 4
Total Credit Hours 16
(v) Core Requirements (37 credit hours) Credit Hours
Numerical Methods CIE 301 3
Linear Control Systems CIE 305 3
Operations Research I ISE 303 3
Engineering Economic Analysis ISE 307 3
Engineering Statistics ISE 315 3
Optimization Methods ISE 321 3
Quality Control &Ind.
ISE 320 3
Work and Process
ISE 324 2
Industrial Engineering
ISE 391 2
Production Systems and Inv.
ISE 402 3
Stochastic Systems Simulation ISE 405 3
Facility Layout and
ISE 422 3
Senior Design Project ISE 482 3
Seminar ISE 499 0
Total Credit Hours 37
(vi) Electives (15 for Summer Training and 9 for Internship) Credit Hours
Summer Training Option Four ISE 4xx courses 12
One XE xxx technical elective course 3
Internship Option Two ISE 4xx courses 6
One XE xxx technical elective
Total Credit Hours 15 or 9
(vii) Summer Training or Internship (1 or 6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Summer Training ISE 399 1
Internship ISE 398 6
Total Credit Hours 1 or 6

Students taking the summer training option must spend 8 weeks of training in a facility approved by the department. Each student needs to submit a report and make an oral presentation. For the Internship option, students must join a 15-week long industrial training program approved by the department.