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What is industrial engineering?

Industrial engineering focuses on reducing wasted resources such as time, money, materials and energy by both designing and optimizing complex processes, systems and organizations. Industrial engineers gain a wide range of skills so they can work in both technical positions and management. They minimize costs and maximize efficiency for the benefit of the companies they work for and the customer.

Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering program

Students operate robotic arm in an Industrial Engineering lab.The Industrial Engineering program was established in 1960 as the first Engineering program at St. Mary’s, and is the only industrial engineering program in San Antonio. Industrial engineers apply mathematical methods, practical design and other creative problem solving techniques to improve efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing and service industries.

Industrial Engineering students will specialize in learning in lean production, six sigma, supply-chain management, logistics optimization, decision analytics, additive and advanced manufacturing, and robotics.

Industrial engineering degree plan (undergraduate)

Industrial Engineering (B.S.): Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Please see the current catalog for courses and degree requirements: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree

Other degree options:

  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering graduate degree
  • Combined degree: The Engineering Department also offers a unique five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program. Undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior year and complete the master’s degree in the fifth year. Students must select this option during their freshman year in order to complete both degrees’ requirements on time.

Engineering student life

Engineering labs and facilities

Engineering Management students have 24-hour-per-day access to an electrical engineering laboratory; an energy conversion laboratory for motors, generators and transformers; a manufacturing and robotics laboratory; and a research lab equipped with both UNIX and Windows workstations.

Career, internship and volunteer opportunities

Industrial Engineering graduates have gone on to graduate and doctoral programs, and have worked in entry-level positions such as lean and six sigma specialists, supply chain analysts, logistics engineers, business analysts, manufacturing engineers and service operations engineers.

Many junior and senior students volunteer their time to tutor freshmen and sophomores in mathematics and engineering courses.

Every engineering senior also completes a year-long design project, some of which have even been patented. Many students also participate in the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional society for industrial engineers.


Our program in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Learn more about the St. Mary's Industrial Engineering Program


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