Supply Chain Management Major

The Supply Chain Management (SCM) major presents an additional, separate and unique, program of study for BIA majors and minors, as well as other majors in the business school. By adding a major in Supply Chain Management to the existing curriculum, students will obtain the specialized knowledge required for supply chain decisions and efficiencies in operations. This area of study has been around for many years, but with major disruptions and increased technical applications, is one of the most important frontiers in industry and will be important for many years to come.

The SCM major provides official recognition of the specialized nature of a student’s educational background, enabling students to more effectively communicate this information to potential employers. According to the Council on Supply Chain Management Professionals:

“Supply chain management encompasses everyone involved in maintaining the supply chain. Behind every product you use – electronics, coffee, clothing, lawn mowers – there are SCM professionals making it possible to get your products better, faster, and cheaper.

Each year, these products get bigger and better, yet the prices drop. How is it possible? It’s the end result of SCM professionals working together – LCD glass panel fabricators in South Korea, semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan, television assembly plants in Mexico. These global partners collaborate across time zones and oceans to decrease costs and increase performance in ways no single company ever could.

In essence, supply chain management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. Companies like Dell, Nokia, Proctor & Gamble, Toyota, and Walmart consider SCM to be a key factor in their overall success.

Not only is supply chain management important to the world’s leading organizations, this fast-paced, global field offers tremendous employment opportunities. Nearly every size and type of organization needs motivated, well-prepared individuals to become their supply chain leaders.

Supply chain management has a language of its own and numerous acronyms that are used in the industry. In fact, there are thousands of terms specific to managing supply chain processes. These terms are generally explained in supply chain textbooks, but you can also access online supply chain tools that discuss the meaning of logistics and supply chain terms.”


Objective 1: Students will develop foundational knowledge upon which to build advanced supply chain concepts, and will be competent in understanding supply chain operations in manufacturing, service, government and education settings

Objective 2: Students will develop the skills to manage projects of all types. Students will be competent in thinking critically and analytically in all supply chain settings.

Objective 3: Students will understand supply chain purchasing and sourcing.

Objective 4:  Students will be competent in functional skills necessary for transforming data into actionable decisions in supply chain management. Students will obtain specialized knowledge and analytics techniques required for supply chain decisions (ranging from simple decisions to highly complex decisions).

Objective 5: SCM Students will be competent communicators in the supply chain business environment.

Objective 6: Students will prepare for certifications within the supply chain industry.

Objective 7: SCM Students will be competent in applying the Ignatian Values.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

ILC 1: Economics3
Introductory Economics Macro
ILC 2: Mathematics3
Differential Calculus
Fundamentals of Calculus
Calculus I
ILC 3: Non Department ILC: Select one from the following courses3
Fin Acc Info Sys I
Management Acc Info Systems
Business Strategy
Computer Science
Computer Science I
CSC I:Programming Fundamentals
Writing for Organizations
Scientific Writing
Markets and Institutions
Fund of Quantitative Finance
Math of Games & Politics
Intro Research Method Soc Sci
Research Methods
Technology Ethics
Total Hours9

Business Foundation 

Ten courses, including:

ACC 101Concepts of Financial Acct3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
DSS 100Excel Competency1
DSS 200Intro to Information Systems3
DSS 210Business Statistics3
DSS 220Business Analytics3
FIN 200Intro to Finance3
or FIN 225 Fund of Quantitative Finance
MGT 110Essent'ls of Organzational Beh3
or MGT 120 Essentials of Management
MGT 360Legal Environment of Business3
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
BUS 495Business Strategy 13
or ACC 423 Accounting Control Systems
Total Hours31

Accounting Majors can choose between ACC 423 and BUS BUS 495

Major Requirements  

DSS 321Project Management3
DSS 335Found of Supply Chain Mgmt3
DSS 350SCM Dynamics3
DSS 435Advanced Business Analytics3
DSS Electives (Select two of the following):6
CPIM Certification
CSCP Certification
Data Wrangling & Visualization
Data Wrangling: Ethics Int.
Six Sigma Apps & Foundations
Supply Chain Analytics
Resilient Supply Chains
DSS Special Topics I
Independent Study I
Independent Study II
Total Hours18