Bachelor of Science in Intelligent Systems Engineering

Your smartphone. Your Fitbit. Your networked thermostat. Medical nanobots. Blood biosensors. Hyper-efficient computers. They’re all small, they all represent the future, and they all require engineering.

Our new B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering is all about going small to make a big impact. Accepting new and current IU students to begin studies in fall 2016, the program focuses on engineering systems for the kind of small-scale, networked, and mobile technology that is changing the world.

Learn the essentials and choose a concentration

Our program is starting small—it’s the kind of place where trailblazers thrive. You’ll learn the essentials of engineering science, design, and practice, including creative problem solving and vital “soft skills” like how to work on a team and communicate effectively. Our design-centered, intelligent systems–oriented curriculum also includes course work and experience in essential technology approaches like big data, computational modeling, intelligent systems, and user experience.

You’ll choose among concentrations that initially include Computer Engineering and Cyber-physical Systems. Further concentrations will become available as we identify and hire leaders in specific areas.

Experiences that prepare you for an in-demand career

You’ll have all kinds of opportunities to get meaningful experience and make your engineering education what you want it to be.

Tackle team projects. Conduct research with a faculty member. Intern for engineering-intensive local employers like NSWC Crane naval base, engine designer and manufacturer Cummins, and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly—or for employers anywhere in the world. You can even earn another major or minor at the School of Informatics and Computing or at IU schools like the Kelley School of Business or the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

You’ll graduate well prepared to succeed in a popular and growing field—demand for engineers is expected to lead to 250,000 more engineering jobs between 2014 and 2023. You’ll also be ready for a graduate program in engineering or another discipline, like business or law.


The Bachelor of Science in Intelligent Systems Engineering includes a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work, including:

  • Engineering core courses
  • Engineering electives
  • Engineering concentration courses
  • Required math and science courses
  • General education and distribution requirements, including electives

One course is typically 3–4 credit hours. 

For specific requirements, see the School of Informatics and Computing undergraduate academic bulletin. Students should pursue the academic requirements of the year that they entered IU Bloomington. The academic requirements outlined in the academic bulletin in effect at the time of your matriculation will remain the same throughout your degree program, assuming you graduate within eight years. Check the list of academic bulletins below to find the version you should use.