Supply Chain Management

Major Description

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. It spans processes such as procurement, purchasing, plant and transportation logistics, demand fulfillment, and promotion management. For most manufacturing, distribution and retail companies, supply chains constitute a significant amount of their annual spending – large corporations may have billions of dollars of annual supply chain related costs. Managing this supply chain effectively is vital to compete in a global and hyper-competitive environment. 

 

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 

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

Possible Career Opportunities:

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.

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  • Negotiations
  • Team building
  • Relationship management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cost/price Analysis
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Materials Management
  • Production Planner
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Quality Management Specialist
  • Vendor Relations Manager

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:
    • 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.
Further Information:

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.