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Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program

The Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors Program is a challenging four-year curriculum designed to help prepare the next generation of business leaders to communicate across business and technical domains and to practice an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving.

The Need
An increasingly interconnected global economy creates collaborative opportunities and competitive pressures for U.S. companies, generating the need for broadly educated engineers and business professionals. Ohio State’s IBE program equips graduates to meet these challenges.

Our Approach
The Ohio State’s College of Engineering and Fisher College of Business jointly offer a multidisciplinary undergraduate honors program where IBE students work, study and network as a cohort throughout their undergraduate experience. The program supplements their standard curriculum with core courses of the opposite degree, and includes a sequence of dedicated IBE courses and seminars focused on experiential, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary learning. Students work in teams to develop professional tools and skills applying classroom theory and tools to real-world practice.

IBE honors in actionUnder the direction of Georgia Pacific's Shellie Caudill, first-year IBE students practice brainstorming methods leading to a prototype of an innovative backpack during a voluntary evening workshop.

Students Served
The IBE program selectively recruits a cohort of 36 students each year. Invitations to apply are emailed in February to students accepted into Ohio State’s engineering or business honors program. 

Community
In addition to a significant educational workload, a self-selected student leadership board plans and executes a series of well-attended extracurricular activities including social and professional networking and professional skills development.

Graduation Results
Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a bachelor of science in business administration or engineering, a minor in the opposite field, and an “Honors in Integrated Business and Engineering” diploma distinction. IBE students are highly sought interns and graduate with a resume attractive to a large number of hiring companies.