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St. Mary's University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Graduates from the School of Science, Engineering and Technology are uniquely prepared to meet the challenges of rapidly-advancing fields in South-Central Texas. In an integrated learning environment, students draw from science, philosophy, sociology and theology to analyze their findings in the laboratory, and in the community.

The mission of the Engineering Department is supportive of the mission of St. Mary's University to foster the formation of people in faith, dedicated to education, scholarship, and service. Each student is guided and encouraged to grow as a whole person, to develop intellectual capabilities and strong moral and ethical convictions, and to appreciate the value of community service.

A primary purpose of the department is to provide excellence and relevance in engineering education, research, and public service to enhance the quality of life and the well-being of the citizens of the local and global communities. To promote excellence in engineering education, the students are taught to develop skills in critical thinking and quantitative analysis, encouraged to pursue research and other scholarly activities, trained to enhance their oral and written communication skills, and nurtured to become competent and socially responsible professionals.

Our programs include a National Institutes of Health-funded program designed to introduce minority students into careers in the sciences. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR Program supports the education of the next generation of biomedical research scientists. This program extends beyond the biology major and includes undergraduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and engineering. While some of the students conduct research off campus, other students are part of research teams and work hand-in-hand with St. Mary's faculty.