The Curriculum of the IBE Honors Program

Lehigh University's Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program

Which courses will I take in the IBE Honors Program?
Not for the squeamish

With a rigorous requirement of 137 credit hours in only four years, the IBE Honors Program is not for the squeamish -- it's intended for the University's brightest students who are not afraid to work hard and who are interested in being uniquely qualified to become leaders in business and industry. The program is created in the Lehigh tradition -- admit very good students; challenge them to work hard in a demanding and innovative environment; graduate men and women with the skills and talents that are necessary for success in today's rapidly evolving workplace.

The 137 credits of the IBE Honors Program can be broken down as follows:

Degree Requirements




English Composition and Literature


Engl 1 and 2 Composition and Literature I and II

Humanities and Social Science


Must include Comm 130/160 Public Speaking. May be used to help satisfy foreign language requirement.



Engr 10 Applied Engineering Computer Methods

Math and Science Core


Math 21, 22, 23 and 231 Calculus I, II and III and Probability and Statistics

Physics 11, 12, 21 and 22 Introductory Physics I and II

Chem 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles

Engineering Core


A coherent set of engineering courses developed for each particular major

Business and Economics Core


A coherent set of business and economics courses including:

Acct 151 and 152 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting

Bus 5 Values Based Decision Making for Business (Beginning Class of 2020)

BIS 111 Introduction to Information Systems

Eco 1, 29 and 146 Principles, Money and Banking, and Applied Micro Analysis

Fin 125 Introduction to Finance

Law 201 Legal Environment of Business

Mgt 143 Managing and Leading People in Organizations

Mkt 111 Principles of Marketing



Specific major in business or engineering

Integrated Courses in IBE


IBE 10 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)

IBE 50 First-Year Workshop (3 credits)

IBE 150 Sophomore Lab (1 credit)

IBE 250 Junior Lab (1 credit)

IBE 380 and IBE 385 Senior Capstone Design Project I and II (6 credits)

Free Electives


May be taken from any department in the University

Summer Internships


At least one professional internship is required

Other internships, including an international internship, are strongly encouraged



This is a minimum number of credits

The actual number of credits taken would depend upon advanced placement credits

It should be noted that the IBE Honors Program has a language requirement. Students must achieve proficiency at the sophomore level in the language of their choice. Students with no previous experience in a second language may need to take 16 foreign language credits (4 courses, each at 4 credits). Students may devote six credits of humanities and social science electives, and 6 credits of free electives to language courses. Thus students with absolutely no foreign language background may need an additional four credits above the 137 required for graduation.

Detailed Curriculum Information by Major

Click below for more detailed curriculum information for these majors available from the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and from the College of Business and Economics: