Industrial and Systems Engineering at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Become an efficiency expert.

You're logical and organized, but you also enjoy the challenge of a fast-paced workplace. Turn your eye for detail into a rewarding career as an industrial and systems engineer. Manufacturers, transportation companies, health care facilities and other organizations rely on these skilled professionals to optimize processes and products and maximize results.

I chose this major because of how much I love math and organizing everything around me — I want to be behind the scenes and be able to oversee larger pictures.

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What Can I Do With an Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree From NIU?

With your expertise in the efficient use of time and resources, you'll be in-demand in a range of manufacturing and service industries. Plus, you can connect with employers before you graduate at our engineering job and internship fairs.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Business process management
  • Continual improvement process
  • Management 
  • Leadership
  • Lean manufacturing

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and logistics

Career Potential for NIU Industrial and Systems Engineering Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Collins Aerospace 
  • John Deere
  • Northrop Grumman

Job titles include:

  • Engineering manager
  • Industrial engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Plant manager
  • Process engineer
  • Quality engineer

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Industrial and Systems Engineering Major at NIU

You'll learn how to get the most out of data, machines and people as you research subjects such as project management, automation and supply chain logistics. You can choose the emphasis that best meets your interests and goals:

  • Engineering systems
  • Health systems engineering
  • Manufacturing systems

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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