Supply Chain Management, B.S.
Undergraduate Studies

The bachelor of science in supply chain management prepares students to address a substantial unmet demand for successfully trained supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sales, and reverse logistics professionals.

The Supply Chain Management (SCM) program focuses on the management of the flow of goods and information from raw materials and sub-assemblies or components, through the manufacturing process and/or channels of distribution, and to the final customer and beyond, including recycling or disposal and end of life.

Clearly the mission of providing high-quality, global products and services is becoming increasingly challenged in today’s economic landscape with shifting industry standards and continuously evolving government regulations. Having the ability to accurately forecast customer demand, align operational resources to meet expected lead times with the highest quality products and services, and at the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), is the cornerstone to business success. Whether sourcing from nondomestic suppliers, outsourcing business functions, or attempting to market goods and services to consumers in other areas of the world, today’s business leaders need a detailed understanding of the myriad of challenges and opportunities arising from a supply chain that is fundamentally global and rapidly evolving with many unknowns and challenging complexities.

Multidimensional skills in the management of quality assurance, demand management, procurement and sourcing, operations, transportation, inventory, scheduling, and information flows are ever more critical to an organization’s ability to satisfy customers and create a competitive advantage.

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, supply chain management is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in recent years with employment increasing by 83% since 2008. As of 2018, targeted occupations in supply chain management earned a median salary of $95,596.

Careers in supply chain management are rewarding because of the wide variety of skills that are developed across critical functional roles in business that will launch you onto an exciting and satisfying future. The fundamentals of a career grounded in supply chain will propel you journey with success in whatever aspirations you may have across multiple disciplines of study and work.

No matter what your dreams may be, a career in supply chain management will take you there.

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Principles of Supply Chain Management

This course covers basic principles of supply chain management and provides techniques used to analyze various aspects of logistics systems. Course focuses on developing models for the flow of goods and services through a distribution channel from supplier to the ultimate customer. Topics covered include methods of supply chain management; supply chain network design; coordination with Third Party Logistics (3PL) and Fourth Party Logistics (4PL) companies; intermodal systems; transportation models; cross-docking; vendor managed inventories and warehouse management; demand management and bullwhip effect.

Supply, Cost, and Risk Management

This course presents a framework for achieving sustainable competitive advantage through progressive supply management leadership approaches. It presents the need for supply leadership, the organizational enablers that must be in place, and the strategies and approaches that leading organizations pursue to achieve competitive in price and cost, quality, cycle time, technology, flexibility, and end customer responsiveness. Special attention is given to a wide range of price, cost and risk management techniques.

Supply Chain Seminar

This course facilitates the integration of the concepts, processes, and strategies of global supply chain management to ensure the optimization of business practices from the original suppliers through consumer and users. Students learn how to trade off and procurement, inventory, and distribution activities, improve forecasts and develop customer relationships. This course requires student participation in a distribution facility tour or virtual tour and a supply chain simulation.

Quality Management and Continuous Improvement

This course covers the basic concepts of managing quality and either a manufacturing or a service environment. The role of quality to enhance productivity and maintain a competitive position is the central focus. Principles and methodology needed to design systems that ensure quality from both customer and manufacturer perspectives discussed. Manufacturer and technical skills and tools provide a comprehensive approach to the implementation and maintenance of quality systems. Principles of continuous improvement and their impact on quality management explored.

Global Logistics Systems

This course focuses on how inventory and information are moved in a global economy. A primary objective of this course is to examine how international logistics decisions are made which have an impact on functional areas of an organization trying to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. Discussions will consist of export-import procedures, multinational logistics strategy, international payment processes, review Supply Change Management (B.S.) Program Proposal and selection of transportation modes, and risk management will be reviewed.

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