2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supply Chain Management, BS

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Office of Undergraduate Programs, 215 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-2361.


Karca Aral, Frederick Easton, Burak Kazaz, Gary LaPoint, Julie Niederhoff, Patrick Penfield, Frances Gaither Tucker, Zhengping Wu

A new kind of enterprise is emerging-the supply chain. A supply chain is a pipeline of information and materials, frequently global in scope. It includes not only the organization but also the suppliers, buyers, and others with whom it interacts.

Supply chain management requires a distinctive view of business: procurement, manufacturing, and distribution must be viewed and controlled as a seamless flow. Good supply chain managers eliminate delays and reduce the amount of resources tied up all along the chain. To perform effectively, a company must learn to function as a single organism, and people at every level must look beyond the old rules.

An understanding of supply chain management is an asset to any manager, and there is a strong demand for specialists who can comprehend and manage the entire chain. Building on long-established strengths, the undergraduate major offers a solid grounding in this fast-evolving specialty.

Students have the opportunity to take APICS certification exams. Furthermore, by enrolling in a set group of courses, students will be eligible for the AST&L blanket waiver for certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the role of supply chain management in the context of business operations

2. Demonstrate how SCM is interrelated with other functional areas of management (e.g. marketing, finance, and information systems).

3. Apply appropriate tools and techniques used to solve supply chain planning problem.

4. Apply Excel and other modeling, optimization, and analyses tools in formulating a problem, solving it, and providing managerially insightful prescriptions. 

5. Analyze “core competency” in business operations by improving supply chain performance. 

Major Requirements

In addition to the SCM 265  core requirement, students majoring in supply chain management majors take SCM 401  and SCM 402 . Students take two other major electives. The major courses depend on career objectives and should be selected with the assistance of a major advisor. Two management electives are also chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. (Credit hours in parentheses.)

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