The Bachelor of Arts in Supply Chain Management focuses on the management of supply chain processes, activities, and costs related to serving customers. This degree includes an emphasis on capacity planning, demand management, order management, warehouse management, reverse logistics, and transportation and acquisitions management. Students will take coursework specifically highlighting problem-solving, critical thinking and development of accurate management performance measures related to the supply chain. This versatile degree helps to prepare students for job opportunities in many industries. Businesses, regardless of size, rely on the supply chain to get products to their customers.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Classify supply chain solutions using problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate an overall knowledge of supply chain management areas of capacity planning, demand management, order management, warehouse management, and transportation.
  • Apply supply chain management principles to business situations.
  • Identify supply chain management best practices.
  • Explain how to improve the operational efficiencies of a supply chain.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements42
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
ECON101Microeconomics3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Social Media and Society (Required)
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communications
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting I
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (30 semester hours)

ECON102Macroeconomics3
DEFM200Fundamentals of Contracting and Acquisition3
SCMG201Principles of Supply Chain Management3
TLMT200Retail Shipping and Receiving3
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
SCMG301Supply Chain Risk Management3
SCMG305Global Demand Management3
TLMT311Introduction to Transportation Management3
TLMT313Supply Chain Management3
RLMT301Introduction to Reverse Logistics Management3
Total Semester Hours30

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the General Concentration, Concentration in Government Contracting and Acquisitions, Concentration in Reverse Logistics Management, or the Concentration in Transportation and Logistics Management.

General Concentration (15 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

DEFM310Program and Acquisition Management I3
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Fundamentals of Intermodal Transportation
Logistics Management
Packaging
Distribution Systems
Advanced Business Logistics
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Environmental Issues in Reverse Logistics
Cost and Benefit Analysis of Reverse Logistics
Food and Beverage Reverse Logistics
Reverse Logistics Management and Operations
Recalls Best Practices and Issues
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Government Contracting and Acquisitions (15 semester hours)

The Concentration in Government Contracting and Acquisitions is designed to educate students regarding how government contracts and acquisition work. Students will have an opportunity to understand how government contracts are being used in their military or government-related civilian organizations. This concentration will educate the student to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) regulations and how they apply to government contracts. The student will learn about and apply the concepts of costs, overhead components, and assets as they apply to government contracts and acquisitions.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply different techniques and methods to analyze different contractors’ proposals and contracts.

  • Comprehend the basics of government contracting as well as the political, regulatory and legal issues.

  • Synthesize overhead and other contractual factors and costs.

  • Apply the Federal Acquisition Regulations as they pertain to government contracts.

DEFM310Program and Acquisition Management I3
DEFM311Program and Acquisition Management II3
DEFM420Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques3
DEFM421Joint Contingency Contracting3
DEFM424Overhead Management of Defense Contracts3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Reverse Logistics Management (15 semester hours)

The concentration in Reverse Logistics Management is designed to educate a new generation of professionals in reverse logistics as a key component in logistics management, retail management, engineering management, and in accounting best practices, to all components of today’s complex business environment. Students will have an opportunity to understand how reverse logistics is being used in their military or civilian logistics organization. It will provide students with the knowledge base of current applications of reverse logistics use and opportunities to study practical applications in domestic and international transportation and logistics scenarios. In today’s competitive global transportation and logistics business climate, organizations are always under pressure to adapt to new procedural and technological trends to improve the visibility of product and cargo flows through an ever-widening and complex supply chain. Retail and military logistics decision makers are still uncertain in many cases on how to apply the use of reverse logistics to their business model. Some see reverse logistics as part of the supply chain; others see reverse logistics as marketing or sales. However, within the next three to five years, one will see an increase in reverse logistics as a separate organizational component reporting directly to the CEO or CFO.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Classify and explain the issues and problems of implementing a reverse logistics system in a manufacturing, retail or military operation.
  • Explain best practices of a reverse logistics operation.
  • Classify and explain the differences between forward and reverse logistics.
  • Explain how reverse logistics can be used to track and trace goods as returns, recalls, recycling and as waste.
  • Explain how to differentiate the financial impact of reverse logistics from financial components within a business environment.
  • Develop an implementation plan to use reverse technology processes and technology within a manufacturing, retail or military organization.
RLMT302Environmental Issues in Reverse Logistics3
RLMT305Cost and Benefit Analysis of Reverse Logistics3
RLMT307Food and Beverage Reverse Logistics3
RLMT309Reverse Logistics Management and Operations3
RLMT400Recalls Best Practices and Issues3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Transportation and Logistics Management (15 semester hours)

The concentration in Transportation and Logistics Management delves into the different historical, procedural, and technological trends in transportation and logistics as well as reverse logistics. You will gain an understanding of the interface between forward and reverse logistics, as well as the entire supply chain for different organizations.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply systems analysis to transportation, logistics and supply chain management.

  • Understand the transportation systems’ political, regulatory and legal issues.

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of major transportation and logistics systems.

TLMT331Fundamentals of Intermodal Transportation3
TLMT341Logistics Management3
TLMT351Packaging3
TLMT352Distribution Systems3
TLMT441Advanced Business Logistics3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

TLMT498Senior Seminar in Transportation and Logistics (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13

Elective Requirements (42 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied to a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.