Industrial Distribution - BS

Industrial Distribution prepares graduates 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 has as its mission to:

  • Prepare graduates 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,
  • Conduct applied research and develop new best practices in industrial distribution, logistics, and supply chain management that mutually benefits the university and its industrial, governmental, and academic collaborators,
  • Provide service and leadership in the promotion and advancement of the department, the university and the industrial distribution profession.

Program Educational Objectives

The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M has as its program educational objectives to produce graduates who, after three to five years:

  • Demonstrate the technical and managerial skills to have successful careers in designing, integrating and implementation of technical sales, operations and customer services management systems in industrial distribution and supply chain management related industries.
  • Exhibit a commitment to professional ethics in their professional career.
  • Demonstrate increasing levels of leadership and responsibility during their careers.
  • Display a desire for life-long learning and sustainable productivity in a dynamic work environment.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, environmental engineering, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering degrees in that students take CHEM 119 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 120.  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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4  
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 1 2
IDIS 240 Introduction to Industrial Distribution 1 3
MMET 201 Manufacturing and Materials 1 4
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 3
STAT 201
Elementary Statistical Inference
or Statistical Methods
 Semester Credit Hours15
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 6 3
ISTM 209 Business Information Systems Concepts 3
MGMT 209
Principles of Business Regulations and Law
or Business Law
University Core Curriculum 3,6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
IDIS 330 Sales Engineering 1 4
IDIS 340 Manufacturer Distributor Relations 1 3
IDIS 343 Distribution Logistics 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3, 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENTC 399 High Impact Experience 8 0
ESET 300 Industrial Electricity 1 4
IDIS 344 Distributor Information and Control Systems 1 4
MMET 301 Mechanical Power Transmission 1 3
Directed elective 7 3
Technical elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
ESET 400 Industrial Automation 1 4
IDIS 424 Purchasing Applications in Distribution 1 3
IDIS 433 Industrial Sales Force Development 1 3
IDIS 464 Distributor Operations and Financial Management 1 3
MMET 401 Fluid Power Transmission 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
IDIS 434 The Quality Process in Distribution 1 3
IDIS 444 Ethics and Leadership in Distribution 1 3
IDIS 450 Analytics for Distribution Operation 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3, 6 3
Directed elective 7 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours95

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

Total Program Hours 126