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The Purpose

Designed to serve a well-recognized need in today's industrial and scientific community for well-educated scientific and technological administrators, the Industrial Management program at the College at Fredonia teaches the necessary foundation in applied physics, business, economics, and mathematics. The primary mission of the Industrial Management program is to prepare administrators who can address the present and future technological needs of our society. The emphasis is not necessarily industrial, but includes management positions in any technical setting. Students who complete the program are also prepared for careers in government, small businesses, or other organizations. The bachelor's degree in Industrial Management is an excellent foundation for the pursuit of master's or doctoral degrees in any of the business or scientific concentrations. It is similar to the very popular "Engineering and Management" programs offered at select institutions.

The Program

The Industrial Management program is an integrated multidisciplinary curriculum combining courses from physics (25/27hours), business/economics (24 hours), mathematics/computer science (24 hours), social sciences/humanities (24 hours), and courses in supporting elective subjects that can enhance career objectives. The program provides for early development of written and oral communications skills, and these are used consistently throughout the entire curriculum. In addition, a College approved field experience is required under the supervision of both a faculty and industrial sponsor following the completion of either the sophomore or junior year.

The Careers

Some career options graduates may consider are: (a) managing technical personnel, (b) administration between the engineering staff and the rest of the technical workforce, (c) service, production, sales, quality control, and cost effectiveness of automation, (d) serving as a liaison between the technical and business components of a company, and (e) graduate studies either in business, applied science, or related areas.

The Courses

Applied Physics (25/27 hours):
University physics, engineering mechanics, circuit analysis or electronics, digital electronics, thermodynamics.
Business/Economics (24 hours):
Accounting, business law, finance, management, marketing, macro- and micro-economics.
Mathematics/Computer Science (24 hours):
Calculus, differential equations, numerical analysis, C++ programming, business programming.
Communications (6 hours):
Public speaking, writing for the professions.
Operations Research & Statistics (6 hours):
Operations research, statistics.

A detailed four-year sample program listing the required courses and suggested sequence is given here (requires Adobe Acrobat viewer).

Further Information

Dr. Erica Simoson
Director of Cooperative Engineering
State University of New York
College at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

Physics Department Office

  • 150 Houghton Hall State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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