Bachelor of Science in Intelligent Systems Engineering

Smart environments. Your Fitbit. Your networked thermostat. Medical nanobots. Blood biosensors. Hyper-efficient computers. Personalized therapy and integrated patient records. They’re the all part of the connected world of tomorrow, and they’re growing by the day.

Our B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering provides a practical, hands-on education that will allow you to learn the skills needed to build the systems and devices that sense the world around us. Our well-rounded curriculum includes courses in math and science in combination with applied engineering classes in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, robotics, embedded systems, simulation, biomaterials, biological systems, and more to give you the foundation to re-shape the world.

Learn the essentials and choose a concentration

ISE at IU is all about building experience. Beyond the fundamentals of intelligent systems engineering, we give you options that can take you down the career path of your choosing.

You’ll choose among concentrations that include Computer Engineering, Cyber-physical Systems, Bioengineering, and Molecular and Nanoscale Engineering.

Experiences that prepare you for an in-demand career

You’ll have all kinds of opportunities to learn the real-world knowledge needed to make your engineering education what you want it to be.

Tackle team projects. Intern for engineering-intensive local employers, such as NSWC Crane naval base, engine designer and manufacturer Cummins, and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, or for employers anywhere in the world. Conduct research with a faculty member, and learn to apply your new skills to important problems. You can even earn another major or minor at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, or at IU schools such as 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—the demand for engineers is expected to create 250,000 new engineering jobs between 2014 and 2023.

Your technical and problem-solving skills will make you competitive for graduate programs in engineering and professional programs in other disciplines, such as business, medicine or law. No matter which path you choose, you’ll be able to find a career you love.

For more information about our degree maps, including the pre-med map, please contact ISE advisory Lara Hillenberg, lahillen@iu.edu.


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, Computing, and Engineering 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.