Operations Management

Major Description

Operations Management centers on integration of technology, people, and operating procedures to execute ongoing organizational tasks. It focuses on analyses, design, and management of processes so the service or product is produced faster, at less cost, and with higher quality. Understanding and improving decision-making is emphasized, along with becoming more productive in work and life, and practicing fact-based management.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • Pre-College of Business Coursework
    • Composition I requirement (Can be met through RHET 105, CMN 111/112, ESL 111/112, ESL 115, or 32+ for English ACT or 690+ for English SAT)
    • ECON 102—Microeconomics Principles (Can also be met through ACE 100—Agri Cons and Resource Econ)
    • ECON 103—Macroeconomics Principles
    • MATH 234 - Calculus for Business or STAT 100 - Statistics

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

Possible Career Opportunities:

There are a number of options available to students who major in Business Process Management.  

  • Understanding of computer and other technologies
  • Quantitative reasoning skills
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of business systems
  • Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Marketing
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Manager Specialist
  • Strategy Consultant
  • Supply Chain Analyst

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • 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 business society: Provides members with leadership skills and professionalism in preparation for the business world.
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Business Process Management professionals.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of BPM.  These organizations include American Management Association and BPM Institute.