Supply Chain Management

What Is It?:

Supply Chain Management studies the movement of materials from their procurement as raw material, parts, or components through the manufacturing or processing sector to the marketing and distribution of end products for industrial or commercial users.

For more information, please visit the Department of Business Administration.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • Pre-College of Business Coursework
    • ECON 102—Microeconomics Principles
    • ECON 103—Macroeconomics Principles
    • MATH Sequence (see website for options)

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Economists and employers single out supply chain management for its strong growth potential. In its "Best Jobs of the Future" issue, U.S. News & World Report, lists supply chain management as one of 20 hot job tracks for the 21st century. Membership in the discipline's professional organizations has increased by 250 percent in the last 10 years. A major accounting firm reports that many companies are moving to get high caliber individuals into the supply chain management positions as they recognize the impact on competitiveness and financial performance. Growth in the field is expected to continue well into the 21st century.

Graduates with a supply chain management background can find employment in a wide range of occupational specialties including logistics, facility management, transportation management, traffic management, operations and production, and purchasing, to name but a few. Salaries for recent graduates in supply chain programs, according to several surveys, rank near the top among the various business majors.

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Logistics Analyst
  • Materials Management
  • Production Planner
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Quality Management Specialist
  • Vendor Relations Manager

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major:
    • OTCR Consulting: Works with clients ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 corporations with service offerings that span Business Strategy, Technology Strategy, and Technology Implementation.
    • Phi Beta Lambda: Provides members with leadership skills and professionalism in preparation for the business world.

Related Skills:

  • Negotiations
  • Team building
  • Relationship management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cost/price Analysis

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Supply Chain Management, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Supply Chain Management.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Supply Chain Management.  These organizations include American Management Association and Institute for Supply Management.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Supply Chain Management, visit Undergraduate Programs.