Supply Chain Management (SCM) encompasses all the activities needed to provide goods and services in the economy.
These include: operations planning, sourcing activities, production of goods and services, demand fulfillment and logistics, and various customer support and return processes (such as retail returns, recycle and reconditioning). All successful organizations, whether they are for-profit, not-for-profit, governmental or public service rely to a great extent on supply chain management principles.
The supply chain management curriculum requires 3 semesters to complete after successfully completing SCM 3301 with a C+ or better. Due to pre-requisite requirements, it is not possible to complete the curriculum in a shorter period of time. Thus, the recommended course sequence is as follows:
Students who successfully complete 6 hours of specific electives with an average grade of B or better can earn certificates as follows:
Note that to complete their degree requirements students only need to take any two electives from the list specified in the undergraduate catalog. In other words, students do not need to earn a specific certificate to graduate, they only need to complete the 6 hours of additional SCM electives.
Many challenging opportunities exist for graduates in supply chain management. For example:
- Strategic sourcing specialist - Determines best sources of supply for most purchases. Negotiates prices, quality requirements and delivery terms and conditions.
- Logistics coordinator - Designs or improves logistics processes in an effort to improve service or reduce operational costs. Makes recommendations regarding warehouse operations, delivery options, and transportation strategies.
- Process improvement specialist - Facilitates implementation of process improvements. Provides business input to improve system performance and delivery.
- Material planner - The material planner plans and schedules work through the manufacturing facility to meet the on-time delivery schedule and cost target commitments.
- Enterprise systems analyst – Responsibilities include assessing business needs and formulating solutions through the use of ERP and other applications and initiating and leading related projects.
- Business data analyst – Interprets business performance results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to complex data mining. Designs, develops, implements and maintains business solutions, and provides access to information in the form of data extracts and dashboards.
Joining one of the Bauer College of Business student organizations provides students with leadership and professional development opportunities, social activities, and lifelong friendships. Organizations bring in distinguished leaders to share their insights and experiences, organize mentoring opportunities with professionals and upperclassmen, and much more!
- Energy Association
- Bauer Women’s Society
- Women’s Energy Association
- Alpha Kappa Psi
- Delta Sigma Pi