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Engineering management degree requirements: ground campus

The Engineering Management curriculum provides a breadth of engineering science and design with depth in one specific engineering area suitable for practice. Topics covered include project and resource management, financial engineering, risk management, configuration management, service plans, product liability, entrepreneurship, and operations management complemented by product design and process development.


Critical requirements

Arizona State University has adopted an 8 semester tracking model, which monitors completion of “critical” lower division and “necessary” upper division courses specific to each degree. This set of courses was designed to serve as predictors of academic success in the degree program. The lower division “critical” courses are shaded grey on the flowcharts and indicated on the major map. Upper division “necessary” courses are indicated with stars on the major maps. All courses listed on both the major map and the flowchart are required.

University policy allows students to retake a course one time. Students who are not successful in passing after a second attempt will need to identify a new major.

**Students are subject to any individual course prerequisite changes despite their catalog year.

Engineering management curriculum updates

Spring 2022:
IEE 376 Operations Research Deterministic Techniques/Applications: Changing from 3 credits to 4 (to include a dedicated 1 credit hour lab)

Humanities and social behavioral university general studies requirements

HU/SB Guidelines (15 semester hours or five 3-semester hour classes)

One Class Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours ~MUST BE TAKEN AT A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION

  • Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum

Within these five classes, select courses that include three awareness areas: cultural, global, and historical. No one class contains more than two awareness areas and must be met with two classes minimum. You may fulfill the awareness areas with two classes (minimum). Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Engineering Management requires students to take ECN 212, COM 316, and a general SB OR PSY 101.  These courses will count toward the SB requirements and will fulfill Cultural and Global awareness areas (see example below).


At least one Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours

  •  REL 321 (Religion in America) – Humanities (HU) plus cultural diversity and historical awareness
  •  Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. REL 321 (Religion in America) – Humanities (HU) plus cultural diversity and historical awareness
  2. PHI 101 (Introduction to Philosophy) – Humanities (HU)
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. ECN 212 – Macroeconomics (required for EM Degree) – Social Behavioral (SB)
  2. PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended for the EM Degree) – Social Behavioral (SB)
  3. COM 316 Elements of Intercultural Communication – Social Behavioral (SB) plus cultural and global awareness area

Math requirements

Engineering Management is a math intensive major which requires calculus, linear algebra, statistics, probability, and additional math electives.

Lab Science Requirements

Engineering Managements students must complete the following 11-12 credit hours of Lab Science:

  • Basic Science Elective – Students choose one of the following: BME 111, BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 113, GLG 101, GLG 102, or GLG 110, PHY 111/113.
  • Major Lab Science Requirements – Students must also complete the following: PHY 121/122 and CHM 114 or CHM 116
  • Industry Focus Areas may require additional lab sciences

IEE course frequency

The following courses are only offered during certain semesters. Students should consult with their advisors to plan their schedules accordingly to ensure that they are on track for a timely graduation

  • Fall Only Courses – IEE 412, IEE 431, IEE 454
  • Spring Only Courses – IEE 381, IEE 456

Program electives

Total required program electives is 26-27 credit hours. Three categories of electives have been designed:

  1. Global Engineering or Sustainability or Entrepreneurship – 3 semester hours
    • Sustainability electives would be chosen from advisor approved SOS courses, which include ALA 102, ABS 270, SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111, SOS 171, CEE 181, PUP 190, and SES 106.
    • Global engineering electives: FSE 394 Engineering in Global Context or from advisor-approved special topics list.
    • Entrepreneurship electives include FSE 301 Entrepreneurship and Value Creation (can only be used if not being used as a technical elective) and other advisor approved topics.
  2. Math / Science Electives – 6 semester hours see the Engineering Management Focus Area Electives link below to view the Math/Science elective options for the corresponding focus.
  3. Industry/Career Focus Area – 15 semester hours see the Engineering Management Focus Area Electives. The specific industry-focus areas developed to date are as follows:
    • Software Industry / Computer Science foundation area
    • Mechanical Products Industry / Mechanical Engineering foundation area
    • Sustainable and Environmentally Benign Industry /Sustainable Engineering foundation area
    • Electronics and Semiconductor Industry / Electrical Engineering foundation area
    • Communication and Networks Industry / Electrical Engineering foundation area
    • Power Systems Industry / Electrical Engineering foundation area
    • Business Analytics Industry / Industrial Engineering foundation area

*Additional upper division engineering courses may be reviewed upon request*

**Some of the courses above may require an additional prerequisites**

Capstone courses

  • IEE 485/486 – Offered in a two semester sequence – 6 Credits

Lean/Six Sigma Certifications

Many employers are now requiring Lean and/or Six Sigma certifications for Industrial Engineering and Technical Project Manager positions.  Lean focuses on removing non-value added processes and waste, while Six Sigma focuses on reducing variation and improving quality in value added processes.

Our undergraduate Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering programs currently offer Green Belt certificates for both Lean and Six Sigma. These certificates can be completed by achieving excellent grades in the key courses as identified below.

A minimum of two A grades and one B grade must be earned in the three classes identified for the Green Belt certificates. For most students, this can be completed without taking additional classes as long as students choose their courses wisely and achieve the required grades.

IEE 369 Work Analysis and Design
IEE 461 Production Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Six Sigma:
IEE 381 Six Sigma
IEE 474 Quality Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Green Belt Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students 6-8 weeks following the official degree conferral date for the semester in which they are awarded their undergraduate degree. It is not possible to be awarded either Green Belt Certificate independent of completing the Engineering Management BSE or Industrial Engineering BSE program.

Green Belt Certificates will be emailed to all eligible students who have applied within two or three months after graduation.