The Industrial and Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) skill set is valuable in a wide range of contexts, from manufacturing to healthcare, from transportation to finance, from government to small business entrepreneur.  Consequently, one can expect IMSE students to have varied career aspirations.  The IMSE cognate requirement is designed to enable students to enhance their IMSE education with a multidisciplinary focus in a complementary subject area.  By pursuing the cognate, students will also enhance their abilities to work in multidisciplinary environments, communicate effectively, assess the impact of their work in a larger context, and engage in life-long learning.


To meet the cognate requirement, the student will take a minimum of 9 credits outside the required IMSE coursework that represent a coherent area of study relevant to some aspect of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering as a discipline or practice.  Courses taken to satisfy required courses or core requirements for the BS degree in IMSE cannot be used to meet the cognate requirement.  At least 6 credits of the cognate must be at the 300-level or above.  Undergraduate research or independent study credits, consistent with the cognate topic, are allowed (and encouraged) up to a maximum of 3 credits.

Students are free to design a cognate of their own choosing, subject to these requirements and approval by the student’s advisor and the IMSE Program Coordinator. 

The following courses may not be utilized in IMSE cognates due to the overlap with required EIND courses: BMGT 322 and 335. Advisors may identify other MSU courses that will not be approved for similar reasons.

Sample Cognates

A student can satisfy the cognate requirement by completing a non-teaching minor.  Typical minors used to satisfy the cognate include:  engineering minors, business administration, computer science, economics, entrepreneurship, foreign languages, mathematics, or statistics.

Students who do not wish to complete a minor, but nevertheless have an interest in that area, could select a subset of courses from an approved minor program to define a cognate area.  For example, a student with an interest in economics may decide to design a cognate consisting of ECNS 202 (3 cr.), ECNS 309 (3 cr.), and ECNS 313 (3 cr.) which are a subset of an Economics minor.  Note that ECNS 204IS could not be used for the cognate if it is used to satisfy university core requirements.

The faculty has created several example cognates outlined in the table below, to aid students in designing a cognate aligned with their interests.  Other cognate designs are possible.  Students are responsible to create their own cognate and to check the MSU Catalog for current course descriptions and prerequisites.



Business Management

BMGT 366: Managing and Leading People* (3 cr.)

BMGT 406: Negotiation/Dispute Resolution* (3 cr.)

BMGT 466: Team and Process Facilitation* (3 cr.)

* EIND 300 substitutes for BMGT 335 prerequisite.  BMGT 335 cannot be used for cognate.

Social Responsibility

HSTR 207CS: Sci and Tech in World History (3 cr.) or HSTR 208RH: Sci, Envir, Tech, Soc: Common Exp. (3 cr.)

HSTA 482: Technology and the Fate of Humanity (3 cr.) or HSTR 415: Gender and Technology (3 cr.) or AGSC 465: Health, Agriculture, Poverty (4 cr.)

PHL 312. Contemporary Moral Problems (3 cr.)

Take PHL 101IH or PHL 110IH to satisfy university core requirement.


ETME 217: Manufacturing Process Laboratory (1 cr.)

ETME 310: Machining and Industrial Safety (3 cr.)

ETME 415: Design for Mfg and Tooling (3 cr.)* (ETME 415 is a pre-requistite for ETME 410)

ETME 410: CNC & CAM Technology (3 cr.)


MART 145RA: Web Design (3 cr.)

EMEC 403: CAE IV-Design Integration (3 cr.)

EMEC 465: Bio-inspired Engineering (3 cr.)

Take ARCH 121IA to satisfy university core requirement.

Human Factors

PSYX 360: Social Psychology (3 cr.)

PSYX 380: Memory & Cognition (3 cr.)

PSYX 481: Judgment & Decision Making (3 cr.)

Take PSYX100IS to satisfy university core requirement.

Optimization Techniques

M 274: Intro to Differential Eq. (4 cr.)

M 441: Numerical Linear Algebra & Optimization (3 cr.)

EIND 455: Design of Experiments for Engrs (3 cr.) or EIND 457: Reg & Applied Multvar Analysis (3 cr.), whichever is not taken as a required course


HDPE 221: Health Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr.)

KIN 322: Anatomical Kinesiology (4 cr.)

KIN 325R: Biomechanics (4 cr.)

Database Systems

CSCI 132: Basic Data Structures and Algorithms (4 cr)

CSCI 232: Data Structures and Algorithms (4 cr.)

CSCI 440: Database Systems (3 cr.)

CSCI 446: Artificial Intelligence (3 cr.)


CHTH 210: Foundations of Community Health (3 cr.)

HADM 445: Managing Healthcare Orgs (3 cr.)

NRSG 387R: Research in Health Care (3 cr.) or EIND 506: Design of Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 cr.)

Inventory Management

BMGT 405: Supply Chain Analytics (3 cr.)

EIND 373: Prod Inventory Cost Analysis (3 cr.)

EIND 468: Mgr Forecast & Decision Analysis (3 cr.)


LS 103: Gateway to Sustainability (3 cr.) or HSTR 205CS: The World Environment (3 cr.)

GPHY 329: Environment and Society (3 cr.)

BMGT 410: Sustainable Business Practices (3 cr.) or HSTA 470: American Environmental History (3 cr.) or SOCI 470: Environmental Sociology (3 cr.) 

Supply Chain Management

BMGT 405: Supply Chain Analytics (3 cr.)

EIND 468: Mgr Forecast & Decision Analysis (3 cr.)

EIND 457: Reg & Applied Multvar Analysis (3 cr.) or STAT 431: Nonparametric Statistics (3 cr.) or STAT 448: Mixed Effects Models (3 cr.)


HLD 121US: Leadership Foundations (3 cr.) or HLD 221: Critical Thinking & Leading (3 cr.)

BMGT 406: Human Resources Management* (3 cr.)

BMGT 420: Leadership and Motivation* (3 cr.)

* EIND 300 can substitute for BMGT 335 prerequisite. BMGT 335 cannot be used for cognate.