The Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies major at Penn State Behrend is designed to prepare graduates to work on the business side of a technical company. The major provides the opportunity for students to apply technical knowledge and skills with business purpose and insight. In addition to taking a core set of courses in business that allow for the IBE degree to be accredited by AACSB, students are required to be proficient in engineering mathematics and science and take an array of engineering courses.
Students also choose a focus module of approximately 15-18 additional credits in one of six areas. These areas include: accounting/finance; operations and supply chain management; technical sales; quality control; product design and manufacture; and materials and mechanical systems. The modules provide a set of tools that will help graduates provide immediate value to employers.
The IBE degree is administered jointly by the Sam and Irene Black School of Business and the School of Engineering.