Get started thinking about the future now.

Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.

Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:

  • Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
  • Engage. Contribute to the campus and the community.
  • Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
  • Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
  • Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.

The map just offers suggestions - you don't have to do it all.

  • First Year

    Learn:  What foundational courses should I be taking?

    • MATH 116, Calculus II
    • MATH 215, Calculus III
    • MATH 228, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
    • IMSE 255, C Programming
    • IMSE 317, Engineering Probability and Statistics
    • IMSE 3005, Operations Research

    Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?

    Network: What are important topics in my field?

    • Visit your professor’s office hours to introduce yourself
    • Join a professional organization related to your major

    Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?

    Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?

    • Start building your CV - your academic resume
    • Explore career options in your field to learn about requirements and expectations
    • Visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn about different types of financial aid, including many scholarships
  • Second Year

    Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?

    • IMSE 4585, Simulation in Systems Design
    • IMSE 4745, Facilities Design
    • IMSE 440, Applied Stat Models in Engineering
    • IMSE 4425, Human Factors/Ergonomics
    • IMSE 4675, Six Sigma & Statistical Process Improvement
    • IMSE 4795, Production, Inventory Control, Lean Manufacturing

    Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?

    Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?

    Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?

    Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?

    • Schedule a visit to the Office of Career Services
    • Work a (paid) internship or co-op into your schedule to gain professional experience
    • Assess what experiences you are lacking for current job postings and fill in those gaps before graduation
  • Third Year

    Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?

    Engage:  How can I grow as a leader on campus?

    Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?

    • Connect with alumni through the 30-Minute Mentor Program
    • Submit your best paper or research to an undergraduate student journal
    • Establish a LinkedIn profile to connect with UM-Dearborn alumni or to join industry-related LinkedIn Groups that hire students
    • Attend academic/professional conferences

    Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?

    Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?

  • Year Four

    Learn:  How do I finish strong?

    • Complete a two-semester capstone design project wherein students are assigned an open-ended problem from an area in the service, healthcare, or manufacturing industry. Students are asked to design or redesign a complete, feasible system addressing all the important aspects of operation and realistic practical constraints.

    Engage:  How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?

    Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?

    • Do targeted networking with alumni working in careers of interest and ask questions about job opportunities and the interview process
    • Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work

    Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?

    • Contribute to global learning initiatives on campus
    • Consider spending the summer volunteering with a government agency or nonprofit

    Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?

    • Apply to jobs or future education, or make plans for other adventures
    • Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
    • Explore possible graduate program opportunities at UM-Dearborn
    • Register for postgraduate entrance exams (for example, GREMCATLSAT) if you plan on graduate school
  • Where could I go after graduation?

    Employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations (according to This occupation is versatile both in the nature of the work it does and in the industries in which its expertise can be put to use.

    Here are the job titles of some our recent graduates

    • BSE-ISE ’19 Industrial Engineer, DTE
    • BSE-ISE ’15 Manager, Supply Chain Solutions Hudson’s Bay Company
    • BSE-ISE ’14 Industrial Engineering Supervisor UPS
    • BSE-ISE ’14 Manager, CapEx Operations Program Apple
    • BSE-ISE ’13 Continuous Improvement Specialist Department of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine

How to use this Major Map

Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success.

College is a time for discovering your passions — figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.

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