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Undergraduate Certificate in Supply Logistics Optimization

The Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate offers business and non-business students an opportunity to study supply logistics using the best resources of the McCombs School of Business and the Cockrell School of Engineering. This certificate equips students with the technical skills in the industrial and manufacturing side of supply chain logistics and the management skills in product development, process innovation and manufacturing systems engineering. This program allows students to have a more well-rounded look at the industry through this interdisciplinary certification.

Curriculum Prerequisites

Non-business students:
  • M 408C: Differential and Integral Calculus
    Introduction to the theory and applications of differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable; topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, the mean value theorem and its applications, integration, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and transcendental functions.
  • M 408D: Sequences, Series and Multivariable Calculus
    Certain sections of this course are designated as advanced placement or honors sections; they are restricted to students who have scored well on the AP/BC exam, are in the Engineering Honors Program, or have the consent of the mathematics adviser. Such sections and their restrictions are identified in the Course Schedule. Introduction to the theory and applications of sequences and infinite series, including those involving functions of one variable, and to the theory and applications of differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables; topics include parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, power series, vectors, vector calculus, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, and multiple integrals.
  • M E 205: Introduction to Computers and Programming (or the equivalent)
    Introduction to computer hardware and software systems; programming using a high-level language; mathematical software programming; and introduction to machine language. Includes significant hands-on programming opportunities.
  • M E 335: Engineering Statistics (or the equivalent)
    Fundamentals of probability, distribution theory, data analysis and statistics, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and statistical quality control.
Business students:
  • M 408C: Differential and Integral Calculus
    Introduction to the theory and applications of differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable; topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, the mean value theorem and its applications, integration, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and transcendental functions.
  • M 408D: Sequences, Series and Multivariable Calculus
    Certain sections of this course are designated as advanced placement or honors sections; they are restricted to students who have scored well on the AP/BC exam, are in the Engineering Honors Program, or have the consent of the mathematics adviser. Such sections and their restrictions are identified in the Course Schedule. Introduction to the theory and applications of sequences and infinite series, including those involving functions of one variable, and to the theory and applications of differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables; topics include parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, power series, vectors, vector calculus, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, and multiple integrals.
  • STA 309: Elementary Business Statistics
    Restricted to students admitted to the McCombs School of Business Honors Program. Training in the use of data to gain insight into business problems; describing distributions (center, spread, change, and relationships), producing data (experiments and sampling), probability and inference (means, proportions, differences, regression and correlation).
  • MIS 301: Introduction to Information Technology Management
    Restricted to students in the McCombs School of Business. Explores how information technology helps to achieve competitive advantage and improve decision making, business processes, operations, and organizational design. Uses a cross-functional perspective to recognize the role of technology across business activities of management, finance, marketing, human resources, and operations.

    Certificate Requirements

    This certificate requires 21 hours in both engineering and business:

    Nine hours of REQUIRED courses:
    • O M 335: Operations Management
      The operations or production function and the skills required for analyzing and solving related problems.
    • O M 337.3: Procurement and Supplier Management
      Strategic issues in procurement and supplier management; review of competitive analysis and benchmarking; the purchasing role in fulfilling a firm's operational and competitive strategies; supplier evaluation, development, and relationship management; negotiating with suppliers for results; and commodity planning.
    • O M 368: Logistics and Inventory Management
      Analysis of the entire flow of information, materials, and services from suppliers through factories and warehouses to the end customer. Includes logistics, supplier selection, and inventory management, using case studies, optimization, and simulation.
    Nine hours chosen from:
    • M E 366L: Operations Research Models
      Formulation and solution-interpretation for operations research models requiring, for example, optimization, simulation, or analysis of Markov chains or queues. Applications include manufacturing design and control, routing and scheduling, plant location, inventory analysis, and management of queueing systems.
    • M E 367S: Simulation Modeling
      Basic concepts of discrete-event simulation. Statistical input and output analysis. Application of simulation software. Modeling of systems under uncertainty.
    • M E 373K: Basic Industrial Engineering
      Design and analysis of production systems, including plant layout and location, material flow, and flexible manufacturing.
    • M E 375K: Production Engineering Management
      Introduction to production and inventory models; basic factory dynamics; analysis of variability; push-and-pull production control; sequencing and dispatching.
    Three hours to be chosen from:
    • O M 337.1: Total Quality Management
      Essense, principles and practices of total quality management. Ideas and topics covered: process improvement, service quality, customer satisfaction, process control and capability, role of inspection, economics of quality, report cards and organizational learning
    • O M 337.2: Supply Chain Modeling and Optimization
      Formulating models of decision-making situations, the appropriate use of quantitative techniques, and finding solutions to the models that optimize objective measures of merit using readily available computer software.
    • O M 337.4: Supply Chain Design, Planning and Control
      The different planning systems used in an integrated supply chain, such as manufacturing resource planning, distribution resource planning, and sales and operations planning. Includes the latest trends in supply chain management, such as demand management and sustainable supply chains, and the information technology systems used to support an integrated business framework.
    • O M 337.5: Project Management
      Description coming soon
    • O M 366P: Operations Management Practicum
      Students apply skills in their major area and focus on additional project management skills through group projects conducted in a professional setting. Students may work with a private or a public enterprise.

    Certificate Application

    Upon completion of the prerequisite courses, a student with upper-division standing may formally apply to the certificate program. Admission to the program is based on the students' overall academic record and their performance in the four prerequisite courses.

    To gain admission to the following semester, students must apply by:

    • April 1 for the fall semester
    • November 1 for the spring semester

    *The Certificate application and application instructions will be available soon.