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Engineering Route to Business (ERB)

ERB Degree Plans

If you have questions concerning which catalog you are under, contact the Undergraduate Program Office, CBA 2.400, (512) 471-0690

Starting Fall 2012, the Engineering Route to Business is no longer an available major for new students. Interested students should see the Science and Technology Management degree.

The Engineering Route to Business Program is a rigorous and challenging degree plan that satisfies the industry's demand for technologically-savvy graduates with backgrounds in engineering and business. In the ERB Program, students take engineering, math, and science classes while working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. ERB students develop a broad strategic perspective of business principles and acquire a solid command of the technical fundamentals of engineering. The combination of engineering and business culminates in students leaving the program well prepared for success in managing highly technical business environments.

The program requires specific required business and engineering courses, but it also contains two block options designed to help students develop greater competence in particular aspects of engineering and business: a four-course engineering block option and a three-course business block option.

Supply Chain Management Business Block

Supply chain management is a total systems approach to delivering manufactured products to the end customer.  Information technology is used to coordinate all elements of the supply chain from sourcing parts to coordination of retailers to achieve a level of integration that results in a competitive advantage that is not available in traditional logistics systems.  Careers in supply chain management include roles such as buyer, risk management analyst, logistics planner, and staff consultant.  Individuals with good communication and negotiation skills and who are systems oriented (people who see the ‘big’ picture) do well with this field of study.

Select 9 hours of coursework from: 

  • OM 368 - Logistics and Inventory Management (REQUIRED)
  • OM 337.3 - Procurement and Supplier Management
  • OM 337.1 - Total Quality Management
  • OM 337.4 - Information Systems for Operations
  • OM 377.2 - Supply Chain Modeling and Optimization

Finance/Accounting Business Block

With this block option, students can combine accounting and finance courses to appeal to financial institutions and corporate America or focus on one or the other for careers in each respective area, such as financial investments and planning, financial analysis, and financial institutions and markets, or private and industrial accounting, public accounting, and governmental accounting.  Individuals who have solid quantitative and analytical thinking skills, are detailed oriented but able to see the ‘big picture’, and excellent communication skills do well in this field.  

Select 9 hours of coursework from:

  • ACC 326 - Financial Accounting (Intermediate)
  • ACC 327 - Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACC 329 - Managerial Accounting and Control
  • ACC 362 - Auditing and Control
  • ACC 364 - Fundamentals of Taxation
  • FIN 367 - Investment Management
  • FIN 371M - Money and Capital Markets
  • FIN 374C - Financial Planning & Policy for Large Corporations
  • FIN 374S - Entrepreneurial Finance
  • FIN 376 - International Finance
  • FIN 377 - Advanced Portfolio Management & Investment Analysis (topics vary)
  • FIN 370 - Integrative Finance

Management Information Systems Business Block

Management Information System prepares a professional who can fully appreciate the complexity of information system design.  A student completing this area of study has both the technical and managerial knowledge to solve fundamental business problems in such areas as inventory control, production, forecasting, finance, and cost accounting.  Careers in management information systems include roles such as programmer/analyst, systems analyst, and information systems manager.  Individuals who are good at creative problem solving, have excellent analytical and logical skills, work well in teams, and show initiative do well in this field of study.

Select 9 hours of coursework from:

  • MIS 304 - Introduction to Problem Solving & Programming
  • MIS 373 - Topics vary.  Any topic may be taken.
  • MIS 325 - Introduction to Data Management
  • MIS 374 - Business System Development
  • MIS 333K - Web Application Development

Marketing Business Block

Students specializing in marketing earn a broad understanding of the marketing process and an ability to analyze factors that influence it, covering such concepts as identification and design of products or services which will satisfy customer needs profitably, packaging, pricing, distribution, sales promotion, and servicing of the firm’s offerings.  Careers in marketing include marketing management, promotional strategy, personal selling and sales management, retail merchandising and management, and marketing research.

Select 9 hours of coursework from:

  • MKT 372 - Topics vary.  Any topic may be taken.
  • MKT 338 - Promotional Policies
  • IB 350 - International Trade
  • MKT 363 - Professional Selling and Sales Management
  • MKT 370K - Retail Merchandising
  • MKT 460 - Information and Analysis
  • MKT 370 - Marketing Policies

Quantitative Finance Business Block

The Quantitative Finance block develops students’ analytical skills and appeals to quantitatively focused areas in the financial services industry. This block is appropriate for students interested in financial analyst positions in research departments of hedge funds, mutual funds, investment banks, or other financial institutions.

Select 9 hours of coursework from:

  • STA 375 OR STA 375H - Statistics and Modeling for Quantitative Finance
  • FIN 367Q - Investment Management for Quantitative Finance
  • FIN 374C - Financial Planning & Policy for Large Corporations
  • FIN 377.2 - Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 377.5 - Energy Financial Risk Management

Computer Engineering Block

Computer systems engineering is the discipline responsible for design and development of products implemented in large-scale software programs used in such industries as the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries.  Some areas that the field specializes in are designing computer and network hardware/software interfaces, modeling and improving the reliability of software, and developing formal methods of specifying customer wants and assuring functionality.

12 hours of engineering coursework is required from the following. At least 6 hours must be upper-division.  Prerequisites can change from semester to semester.  Always check the current course schedule for prerequisites. ERB students may need to contact the Engineering departments in order to register for courses.  See department contact information.

  • CS 307 - Foundations of Computer Science
  • CS 315 - Algorithms & Data Structures
  • CS 336 - Analysis of Programs
  • EE 306 - Introduction to Computing
  • EE 312 - Electrical Engineering Computation OR CS 310 - Computer Organization & Programming
  • EE 313 - Linear Systems & Signals
  • EE 316 - Digital Logic Design
  • EE 319K - Introduction to Microcontrollers
  • EE 360C - Algorithms
  • EE 360F - Software Engineering Process
  • EE 360N - Computer Architecture

Electrical Engineering Block

Electrical engineering is the discipline responsible for the design and development of all electrical and electronics products including radio and television transmitters and receivers, computers, telephone networks and switching systems, and electric power and distribution systems.  It also includes the design of semiconductor integrated circuits (chips), instrumentation systems such as hospital patient monitoring systems, and automated control systems for mechanical devices such as automobile engines.

12 hours of engineering coursework is required from the following. At least 6 hours must be upper-division.  Prerequisites can change from semester to semester.  Always check the current course schedule for prerequisites. ERB students may need to contact the Engineering departments in order to register for courses.  See department contact information.

  • EE 302 - Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • EE 411 - Circuit Theory
  • EE 313 - Linear Systems & Signals
  • EE 331 - Electric Circuits, Electronics, & Machinery
  • EE 438 - Electronic Circuits I
  • EE 339 - Solid State Electronics Devices

Mechanical Engineering Block

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, creation, and operation of most of the manufactured items around us such as lasers, automobiles, airplanes, biomedical applications (such as artificial hearts), and heating and ventilation systems.

12 hours of engineering coursework is required from the following. At least 6 hours must be upper-division.  Prerequisites can change from semester to semester.  Always check the current course schedule for prerequisites. ERB students may need to contact the Engineering departments in order to register for courses.  See department contact information.

  • EM 306 - Statics
  • ME 311 - Materials Engineering
  • ME 320 - Applied Thermodynamics 
  • ME 326 - Thermodynamics
  • ME 330 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 338 - Machine Elements
  • ME 365L - Industrial Design for Production
  • ME 368J - Computer-Aided Design

Operations Engineering Block

Operations Engineering is the discipline that designs, directs, and coordinates the processes for making things from beginning to end such as automobile assembly lines.  To make better products at less cost, the discipline integrates all aspects of manufacturing from scheduling production, to handling materials, to designing robotic automation systems.

12 hours of engineering coursework is required from the following. At least 6 hours must be upper-division.  Prerequisites can change from semester to semester.  Always check the current course schedule for prerequisites. ERB students may need to contact the Engineering departments in order to register for courses.  See department contact information.  

  • ME 218 - Engineering Computational Methods
  • ME 366L - Operations Research Models
  • ME 367S - Simulation Modeling
  • ME 373K - Basic Industrial Engineering
  • ME 375K - Production Engineering Management