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Engineering at Aquinas College

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Major (BS) or Accelerated Masters degree (5 years)

WMU - AQ Engineering Partnership

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Degree

(undergraduate or accelerated Masters degree)

Aquinas College and Western Michigan University have a new agreement as of January 2020 for the Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering degree. Students may obtain an Associate of Science degree from Aquinas College (two years) and continue at Western Michigan for their undergraduate degree (two years) or their accelerated Master’s degree, which can be obtained in one additional year. Aquinas College provides (60-65) semester hours in liberal arts, science, and pre-engineering courses which have been approved by the Western Michigan University Curriculum Committee for support of the Engineering degree. Western Michigan University provides (60) undergraduate credit hours for the undergraduate degree, or 90 credit hours for the Master’s degree. Students interested in the Engineering program will work with the Western Michigan University Engineering Program Coordinator on the Aquinas College campus.

The undergraduate degree requires eight (8) semesters of study with four (4) semesters at Aquinas College and four (4) semesters at Western Michigan University. The Master’s degree is an accelerated program that requires ten (10) semesters of study, with four (4) semesters at Aquinas College and six (6) semesters at Western Michigan University. The program is designed that students may at least take some of their classes at the WMU-Grand Rapids Downtown campus; the remainder of the classes will be taken at the main WMU campus in Kalamazoo. 


SAMPLE Curricular Plan:

Aquinas College Associate Degree (62 credit hours)



1ST SEMESTER (16 semester hours)

  • Calculus I (4)
  • General Chemistry I (4)
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • General Physics I w/Calculus (4)
  • General Physics I w/Calculus Lab
  • First Year Experience (1)
  • Inquiry and Expression (3)

2ND SEMESTER (14 semester hours)

  • Calculus II (4)
  • General Physics II w/Calculus (4)
  • General Physics II w/Calculus Lab
  • History or Philosophy General Education Course (3)
  • Engineering Graphics (3)


3RD SEMESTER (17 semester hours)

  • Multivariate Calculus (4)
  • Choice of World Language (4)
  • General Theology (3)
  • Microeconomics (3)
  • Statics (3)

 4th SEMESTER (15 semester hours)

  • Linear & Differential (4)
  • Choice of Foreign Language (4)
  • History of Art & Architecture I or II (3)
  • Question Everything (1)
  • Geography, Psychology or Sociology (GP) (3)

Semesters 5-8:

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Degree Courses (60 credit hours):

  • Probability for Engineers (3)
  • Circuit Analysis (4)
  • Entrepreneurial Engineering I: Cost & Financial Analysis (3 )
  • Work Design (4)
  • Engineering Statistics (3)
  • Statistical Quality Control (2)
  • Entrepreneurial Engineering II: Product & Service Design (3)
  • Engineering Economy (3)
  • Intro to Operations Research (3)
  • Report Preparation (3)
  • Simulation Modeling Analysis (3)
  • Ergonomics and Design (3)
  • Entrepreneurial Engineering III: Facilities Planning & Logistics (3)
  • Operations Control in Industry (4)
  • IE Senior Design (4)
  • Three Approved Technical Electives (9)
  • Cooperative Education or Approved Technical Elective (3)

Semesters 9-10: Accelerated Master’s degree (30 credit hours)

  • Design of Experiments and Regression Analysis (3)
  • Capital Budgeting and Cost Analysis (3)
  • Deterministic Methods in Operations Research (3)
  • Production and Operations Management (3)
  • Advanced Simulation Modeling and Analysis (3)
  • Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics (3)
  • 4 Approved graduate electives (12), OR, 2 Approved Electives (6) + Master’s Thesis (6)



  • EDMM 1420 Engineering Graphics (3)

    Essentials of engineering graphics including technical sketching, CAD applications, applied geometry, orthographic projection, section, dimensioning, tolerancing, threads and fasteners, weldments, detail and assembly drawing, charting and basic elements of descriptive geometry. All work is according to current ANSI drafting standards. Previous technical drawing is recommended.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

  • ECE 2100 Circuit Analysis (4)

    Analysis of linear electric circuits using methods based on Kirchhoff’s laws and network theorems. RL, RC, and RLC transients. Sinusoidal steady state analysis.
    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: PHYS 2070 (or taken concurrently) and MATH 1230 or 1710; with a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisites.

    Credits: 4 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

  • IEE 2010 Entrepreneurial Engineering I: Cost and Financial Analysis (3)

    This course will introduce students to how engineers can be entrepreneurs. Topics covered will include techniques used in determining the cost of designing, developing, producing and selling a product or service and how these activities relate to entrepreneurial engineering.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 2050 Work Design (4)

    Design of jobs and work environments in business and industry. Topics include techniques for job design, ergonomics in the workplace, and work measurement. A semester project requiring the design of a work station is required.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IEE 1020 and MATH 1220 or 1700. Corequisite: Recommended, IEE 2610.

    Credits: 4 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

  • IEE 2610 Engineering Statistics (3)

    Introduction to statistical methodology emphasizing applications in engineering. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, regression, analysis of variance, and design of experiments.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1220 or 1700.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

  • IEE 2622 Statistical Quality Control (2)

    Methods of applying statistics and probability theory to control processes. Application of computer programs to analyze quality control problems.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IEE 2610

    Credits: 2 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 0)

  • IEE 3010 Entrepreneurial Engineering II: Product and Service Design (3)

    Through research, analysis, drawing and prototyping, students will understand human needs that lead to the conceptualization and design of future products, environments, systems, and services. Students are taught to use design processes to resolve constraints arising from technical, human, aesthetic, and business concerns. The course places emphasis on conceptual thinking, creativity, and risk-taking.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite:  Junior or senior standing, or instructor approval required.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Restrictions: Restricted to majors Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering or minors in Entrepreneurship.

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

  • IEE 3100 Engineering Economy (3)

    Application of principles of engineering economy for establishment of equipment and system feasibility. Interest, equivalence, taxes, depreciation, uncertainty and risk, incremental and sunk costs, and replacement models.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: MATH 1230 and Junior standing.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 3110 Introduction to Operations Research (3)

    The development of mathematical concepts and models concerned with industrial engineering problems. Topics include queuing theory, game theory, linear, and dynamic programming.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IEE 2610 with a grade of “C” or better.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Restrictions: Restricted to majors in Industrial Engineering, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering; and accelerated masters in Industrial Engineering.

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 3160 Report Preparation (3)

    Learning techniques and procedures for preparation of technical documents. Intensifying critical, analytical process of thinking, and executing writing and oral strategies for different situations. This course is approved as a writing-intensive course which may fulfill the baccalaureate-level writing requirement of the student’s curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: Junior standing and IEE 1020 or IME 1020 or ENGL 1050, with a grade of “C” or better in any prerequisite.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 3300 Simulation Modeling and Analysis (3)

    Use of computer modeling and discrete event simulation methodology with emphasis on designing and analyzing manufacturing and service systems. Commercial simulation packages will be used.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: (IEE 2620 or IEE 2621) and IEE 2050 (any prerequisite may be taken concurrently).

    Credits: 3 hours

    Restrictions: Restricted to majors in Industrial Engineering, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering; and accelerated masters in Industrial Engineering.

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 3420 Ergonomics and Design (3)

    An introduction to ergonomics affording students the necessary knowledge essential for the psychological and anthropometrical development leading to good design. Emphasis is placed on health and safety. A design project is required.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

  • IEE 4010 Entrepreneurial Engineering III: Facilities Planning and Logistics (3)

    This course explores how traditional industrial engineering topics such as supply chain management, facility layout and location are relevant to entrepreneurial engineers. Students design a facility that can be used to produce the product that they designed in IEE 3010. The course prepares students to effectively practice industrial and entrepreneurial engineering.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite:  IEE 3010 and IEE 3110 and IEE 3300.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

  • IEE 4160 Operations Control in Industry (4)

    The function of production and inventory operations. Control of manufacturing production systems and modeling.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IEE 2050, IEE 2010, IEE 3110, and IEE 3300.

    Credits: 4 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

  • IEE 4190 IE Senior Design (1-4)

    This course is the capstone industrial engineering course, taken in two separate semesters. The first semester for one credit and the second semester for three credits. The course will require application of several IE design principles to a project. The projects are chosen by students or assigned by faculty. All students are required to present their projects at the Senior Engineering Design Conference hosted by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: department approval

    Credits: 1 - 4 hours

    Notes: May be repeated for credit.

  • ECE 2500 Digital Logic (3)

    Design of digital logic circuits used in computers and mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Boolean algebra, logic circuit minimization, arithmetic logic, programmable logic, memory circuits and state machine design.

    Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1110 or equivalent; with a grade of “C” or better.

    Credits: 3 hours

    Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

  • IEE 2990 Cooperative Education (1-3)

    A cooperative education program involves a full-time planned and supervised work experience in industry during the semester or the equivalent on a part-time basis. A written report of the student’s activities will be required. May be elected four semesters for a maximum of twelve semester credit hours. Must be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

    Credits: 1 to 3 hours