I am a senior in high school and have been accepted into multiple engineering schools, and the top engineering school I'm looking at is OSU(industrial and systems engineering). I have noticed that there is no Calculus 2 and the only programming class required is an intro to Java. I understand that OSU has an impressive engineering program, but I am unsure what courses will be necessary. Could someone please help me understand what mathematics and programming skills are needed in industrial engineering?
I am a senior mechanical engineering student at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, so I know what you mean about trying to understand the mathematics and programming courses required for your degree, i'm still dealing with it now as it is.
When you are looking at a program, different schools have different names for different things, so for example at my school you have calc 1, calc 2, differential equations (practical applications of both calc 1 and 2), and then multi-variable calculus. OSU might however have my differential equations class as an engineering specific math course such as applications of differential equations in engineering.
this is the same case with the programming class, it might not say programming in insert language here, but it might be like our schools linear systems class, which sounds like a math course, but was a MATLAB programming class on specifically how to solve calculus problems using a program that you design yourself.
mathematics skills are important and if you feel that it's even more important for you to focus in something because you wan to go into a specific industry, you can take a minor in something, or just take a class because it never hurts. The most important thing that i have learned at my internship that I've been working at for the past 2 years is that you need to adapt and learn whatever material is relevant to your current problem. if there's a formula or a concept you don't know or don't understand, don't be afraid to ask your peers, supervisor or even someone on the internet (hi there). also you might be able to find a research study or a book dealing with that specific topic that could help you understand what your trying to do, and who knows you might even learn something else in the long run, which could help you in the future.
It's good that your thinking about this now because you've got your entire college career ahead of you, that way if you wan to deviate and possibly explore something you might be interested in, you can do it. I say good on you and good luck with everything you do, and just make sure to read up on the classes so you can understand the main premise of it before you go into it.