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Engineering management BSE degree requirements: online

The Engineering Management BSE curriculum at our Online campus 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.

Program structure

The majority of the courses for the Engineering Management online program are offered in a 7.5 week class length, the structure of the Fall and Spring semesters (A and B sessions). There will be some key necessary courses that may need to be offered during a 15 week, C session time frame (see advising for details). Students will need to keep in mind these are rigorous courses with the same content as the 15 week session condensed into a 7.5 week class. Students can enroll in both sessions when enrollment for the semester opens. Students should keep an eye on their my ASU portal for upcoming enrollment dates. Students need to be mindful of the academic calendar, which can be accessed through My ASU. Or students can bookmark . The academic calendar will show important dates throughout the semester, such as drop/add dates, tuition due dates and refund dates. The drop date for the 7.5 week session is typically one day into the class.

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

  1. Fall 2024 catalog years and later:
    • See “Gold” general studies updates below.

Gold general studies: 2024-2025 and later

General Studies Gold is the name of ASU’s general studies curriculum, which specifies the requirements for undergraduate students in catalog year 2024-2025 and forward.

The General Studies Gold framework reduces the complexity of the current general studies curriculum (now known as General Studies Maroon, and required of students in catalog years 2023-2024 and earlier). General Studies Gold will require the same number of credits and will provide greater transparency to students, faculty, and staff.

Required categories in the General Studies Gold curriculum include:

  • Humanities, Arts and Design (HUAD) 6 semester hours min
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBE) 3 semester hours min
  • American Institutions (AMIT) 3 semester hours min
  • Governance and Civic Engagement (CIVI) 3 semester hours min
  • Global Communities, Societies and Individuals (GCSI) 3 semester hours min
  • Sustainability (SUST) 3 semester hours min – see course list below

Maroon general studies: 2023-2024 and earlier

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 this requirement must be met 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).

Math Requirements

Engineering Management is a math intensive major, as such it requires three levels of calculus, linear algebra, and statistics and probability, and additional math electives.

Lab Science Requirements

2024 and later requirements: Engineering Managements students must complete the following 8-12 credit hours of Lab Science:

  • Major Lab Science Requirements – Students must also complete the following: PHY 121/122 and CHM 113 or CHM 114
  • Industry Focus Areas may require additional lab sciences

2023 and earlier 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

Program electives

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

  • 2024 and later: Sustainability Elective – 3 semester hours from following courses: ALA 102, CEE 181 OR SOS 181, SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111 OR PUP 190, SOS 171 OR GCU 171
  • 2023 and earlier: 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.
  • Math / Science Electives – 6 Credits, see requirements by focus area below
  • Industry/Career Focus Area Electives – 15 Credits, required courses are listed below.

Required focus area courses


Business Analytics

Math and Science Electives for Business Analytics:

  • MAT 275: Differential Equations
  • PHY 131: University Physics II- Electricity and Magnetism

Focus Areas Courses:

  • IEE 376: Operations research Deterministic Techniques/Applications
  • IEE 385: Engineering Statistics: Probability
  • IEE 461: Production Control
  • IEE 474: Quality Control
  • Upper Division IEE 3XX or 4XX Course

Mechanical Industry

Math and Science Electives for Business Analytics (select 2):

  • MAT 275: Differential Equations
  • PHY 131: University Physics II- Electricity and Magnetism
  • MAE 202: Mechanics of Particles and Rigid Bodies II: Dynamics
  • MAE 213: Mechanics of Materials
  • MSE 250: Structure and Properties of Materials

Focus Areas Courses:

  • MAE 201: Mechanics of Particles and Rigid Bodies I: Statics
  • MAE 241: Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • CEE 384 or MAE 384: Advanced Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • Upper Division MAE or MEE or MSE 3XX or 4XX Course
  • Upper Division MAE or MEE or MSE 3XX or 4XX Course

Software Industry 

Math and Science Electives for CSE courses:

  • MAT 243: Discrete Mathematics
  • General math or science (see advising for clarification)

Focus Area Courses:

  • CSE 240: Programming Languages
  • CSE 310: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSE 360: Software Engineering
  • CSE 3XX/4XX or SER 3XX/4XX
  • CSE 3XX/4XX or SER 3XX/4XX

Software Engineering- Web and Mobile Applications 2023 and earlier

Math and Science Electives for Software Engineering:

  • MAT 243: Discrete Mathematics
  • CSE 230: Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (note that this course requires an additional prereq of CSE 120 or SER 232)

Focus Area Courses:

  • SER 222: Design and Analysis of Data Structures and Algorithms
  • SER 321: Web Based Applications and Mobile Systems (prereq for other courses)
  • SER 322: Principles of Database Management
  • SER 334: Operating Systems and Networks
  • SER 421: Web Based Applications and Mobile Systems OR SER 422: Web Application Programming OR SER 423: Mobile Systems

Capstone courses

  • IEE 485/486 – Offered during C session 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.