Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCOM) examines the key business processes to plan, source (procure), make, and deliver a product or service to the customer. The “SC” in the curriculum revolves around the supply, storage, and movement of materials and finished goods. The “OM” focuses on the efficient and effective use of human resources, machines, and other resources.

Contrary to what you might think, a Supply Chain management degree is not just important to manufacturing. In fact, the service industry, health care sector, and retail also heavily utilize supply chain management to lower costs, improve efficiencies, and enhance customer satisfaction. And who do you think makes disaster response work effectively, when hours count? Supply chain experts!

As you might suspect, technology is one of the most important facets in supply chain, and the Lubar program emphasizes information technology management, including enterprise resource planning. Other important components include product development lean operations, Six Sigma, and mass customization.

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Supply Chain & Operations Management Major Coursework (21 credits)

Required Courses (15 credits)

BUS ADM 475 Operations Planning and Control
BUS ADM 476 Logistics and Transportation Management
BUS ADM 477 Purchasing and Supply Management
BUS ADM 478 Supply Chain Analytics
BUS ADM 576 Enterprise Planning in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain & Operations Management Elective Courses (6 credits)

Students choose at least two of the following:
BUS ADM 447 Entrepreneurship
BUS ADM 450 Intermediate Finance
BUS ADM 460 Retail Management
BUS ADM 466 Business to Business Sales and Marketing
BUS ADM 472 Special Topics in Supply Chain and Operations Management
BUS ADM 479 Supply Chain and Operations Management Professional internship
BUS ADM 537 Enterprise Systems Concepts and Issues
BUS ADM 538 Business Process Integration
BUS ADM 571 Quality and Six Sigma Tools
BUS ADM 577 Supply Chain Applications, Policy & Strategy

Students pursuing the Supply Chain & Operations Management (SCOM) Major will also take Business Foundation Courses and Business Core courses as part of the undergraduate degree.

Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Program Checklists and 4-Year Plans can be found on the Undergraduate Student Services MyLubar Resources page.

With a Supply Chain Management degree, you’ll be prepared for entry level positions in purchasing, logistics, and manufacturing. Companies around the country and in all sectors of the economy – public and private, manufacturing, service, health care, retail and others – recruit SCOM graduates to help them identify competitive issues in the supply chain and come up with innovative solutions.

Job titles of recent Lubar BBA-SCOM graduates:

Account Executive
Area Manager
Associate Supply Analyst
Business Analyst
Business Development Representative
Client Services
Corporate Communications Analyst
Financial Representative
Inventory Analyst
Inventory Control Specialist
Junior Project Manager
Junior Sales Operations Administrator
Material Analyst
Production Coordinator
Sales and Logistics Operator
SAP Consultant
Sourcing Associate

Companies that have hired recent Lubar BBA-SCOM graduates:

Batteries Plus
Chabros Music
Daze Exchange
Direct Supply
Fox News Media
Generac Power Systems
Great Lakes Orthotics and Medical Supply
Hunter Douglas, Inc.
Impact Networking
Johnson Controls
Milwaukee Tool
MSI Data
Northwestern Mutual
Sage Tree
SPX Transformer Solutions Inc.

The faculty within the Lubar College’s Supply Chain, Operations Management, and Business Statistics area offer a wide range of expertise, significant research contributions, and important industry experience and connections. Within Supply Chain & Operations Management, faculty knowledge spans logistics, transportation, forecasting, quality management, buyer-supplier relationships, supply chain management, and operations management. Within Business Statistics, faculty expertise includes statistical analysis, statistical quality control, and information measures in decision making.

Many SCOM faculty are affiliated with the Supply Chain Management Institute, which links Lubar faculty and students with corporate partners to examine and research supply chain issues.

Layth Alwan
  • Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
  • Dean's Research Fellow
Tim Haas
  • Associate Professor, Business Statistics
Dawei Jian
  • Assistant Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
Mark Kosfeld
  • Teaching Faculty, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
  • Director, Supply Chain Management Institute
Kaan Kuzu
  • Associate Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
Joseph Retzer
  • Teaching Faculty, Business Statistics
Timothy Smunt
  • Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
  • Professor, Supply Chain, Operations Management & Business Statistics
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