Industrial Distribution - BS

Industrial distribution prepares men and women for sales engineering, technical sales, supply chain management, operations management, sales management and other managerial positions.  Students are prepared for employment in industry segments that include: aerospace; automation solutions; building materials; chemical and petrochemical; electrical; electronics; information systems and technology; healthcare; fluid power; general line; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; management consulting; mechanical power; metals; oil and gas; plastics; pipe, valve, and fitting; plumbing; safety equipment; semiconductor; specialty tools; and welding. The day-to-day challenges faced by the industrial distributor or the manufacturer’s representative require the person to be a professional with many capabilities. To fulfill this demand, the curriculum provides study in business, communications, finance, information technology, applied technology, general management, engineering, ethics, and human relations. This knowledge is applicable to the graduate in relationships with executives, managers, engineers, scientists, and business analysts while taking leadership roles in their manufacturing, distribution, analysis, service, production planning and maintenance or construction operations. The industrial distribution graduate assists these preceding entities by direct application of operations, business, and product knowledge. Essentially the industrial distribution graduate becomes a consultative resource to businesses - a challenging and rewarding career that can lead to the possibility of becoming a business leader in multiple segments. Graduates receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution.


Industrial Distribution prepares students for sales engineering, sales management, supply chain operations and logistics management mid-management positions with wholesale distributors, who purchase, warehouse, sell, distribute and service a wide variety of products, and with manufacturers who sell through distributors.

Program Educational Objectives

The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M has as its primary educational objectives to produce graduates who:

  • Possess the technical skills to be immediately productive and have successful careers in regional, state or national level industrial distribution firms (or related firms across the multiple industry verticals).

  • Demonstrate increasing levels of leadership and responsibility during their careers.

  • Exhibit a commitment to professional ethics in their professional career.

  • Display a desire for life-long learning through continued education, technical training, and/or professional development.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
IDIS 240Introduction to Industrial Distribution 13
MMET 201Manufacturing and Materials 4
STAT 201 or STAT 303Elementary Statistical Inference or Statistical Methods 3
University Core Curriculum 3,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles 3
ECON 202Principles of Economics 53
ISYS 209Business Information Systems Concepts 3
MGMT 209 or MGMT 212Business, Government and Society or Business Law 3
University Core Curriculum 3, 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
IDIS 300Industrial Electricity 1,74
IDIS 330Sales Engineering 1,74
IDIS 340Manufacturer Distributor Relations 1,73
IDIS 343Distribution Logistics 1,73
University Core Curriculum 3, 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
IDIS 303Mechanical Power Transmission 1,73
IDIS 344Distributor Information and Control Systems 1,74
Tehnical elective 63
Directed elective 63
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
IDIS 400Industrial Automation 1,74
IDIS 424Purchasing Applications in Distribution 1,73
IDIS 433Industrial Sales Force Development 13
IDIS 450Analytics for Distribution Operation 13
IDIS 464Distributor Operations and Financial Management 1,73
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
IDIS 403Fluid Power Transmission 1,73
IDIS 434The Quality Process in Distribution 1,73
IDIS 444Ethics and Leadership in Distribution 1,73
Directed elective 64
University Core Curriculum 3, 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 93

Students in Industrial Distribution satisfy the 3 hour social and behavioral sciences by taking ECON 202 as a required course.  Instead, IDIS students must take a 3 hour course from the Language, Philosophy, and Culture list.  They may also use this course to satisfy one of their ICD courses.


See a departmental advisor for a list of acceptable directed electives and technical electives.


Completion of ENGL 104, MATH 151, MATH 152, CHEM 107/117, and PHYS 218 with a C or better required.

The curriculum lists the minimum number of classes required for graduation. Additional courses may be taken.

Total Program Hours 126