BBA in Supply Chain Management


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 the 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.


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.

This is just a brief listing of the kinds of opportunities available. For more information related to supply chain management internships and career opportunities, please visit the Rockwell Career Center.

Course of Study

In addition to the core upper level business courses the supply chain management major consists of 18 hours of SCM core courses and 6 hours of directed electives. The SCM core curriculum includes courses in logistics management, business modeling and analysis, strategic supply management, demand and supply integration, managing productivity and quality, and supply chain strategy. These courses comprise the body of knowledge required of all supply chain majors, and they provide the foundation for students to specialize in one of three career-specific tracks: energy supply management, strategic sourcing, and business analytics.


Students who successfully complete 6 hours of specific electives can earn certificates as follows:


Directed Electives

Energy Supply Management

Energy Supply Chain

Project Mgt. for Energy Industries

Strategic Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing & Spend Analysis

Enterprise Resource Planning

Business Analytics

Enterprise Resource Planning

Advanced Business Modeling

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. Additional information is contained in the SCM Certificates information sheet.

Course Sequence

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:




Junior Year

SCM 3301: Manufacturing and Service Mgt. (C+ or better)

Logistics Management
Business Modeling and Analysis
Strategic Supply Management



Senior Year

Demand and Supply Integration
Managing Productivity & Quality
Certificate elective I

Supply Chain Strategy
Certificate elective II


Academic Path

Please see the general degree plan linked to above in the gray link box for more detailed information on courses.

  • We encourage current students to meet with an academic advisor to select courses, get support, and stay on track.
  • Students selecting SCM as a major (or double major) must declare by filing a degree plan. After completing pre-business classes and meeting all other requirements, students should fill out this online form to declare a SCM major.


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