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For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in supply chain management.

The Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems offers a major in supply chain management.  Students will complete the general education requirements (including business foundation courses), business core requirements for the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, and 18 additional credits in the major.

Supply Chain Management is an integrated program of study concerned with the efficient flow of materials, products, and information within and among organizations. Supply chain management involves the integration of business processes across organizations, from material sources and suppliers through manufacturing and processing to the final customer. The program provides students with the core knowledge related to a wide variety of supply chain activities, including demand planning, manufacturing planning and control, purchasing, transportation management, warehouse management, inventory control, material handling, product and service support, information technology, and strategic supply chain management. The program takes a balanced approach to supply chain education, requiring courses in operations, logistics, and purchasing for all students.

The study of supply chain management prepares students for professional careers with manufacturers, retail distributors, logistics service providers (including carriers and non-asset based 3PLs), and consulting firms. The curriculum provides the required theoretical and conceptual base and analytical methods for making sound operational and strategic business decisions related to all activities in a supply chain.

The Supply Chain Management major requires students to take 18 credit hours in the supply chain management area. This requirement is met by completion of the following courses:

Core (15 credits)
SCM 424Process Management, Analysis, and Improvement3
SCM 453Supply Chain Planning and Control3
SCM 460Decision Tools for Logistics and Operations Management3
SCM 461Principles of Transportation3
SCM 486Principles of Purchasing and Supply Management3
Select one elective from the following list3
Project Management
Supply Chain Information Systems
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in Supply Chain
Transportation Carrier Management
Global Trade Management
SCM 491
International Live Case and Study Tour
SCM 492X
Domestic Live Case
SCM 495
SCM Case Competition
Total Credits18

The department also offers a minor for non-Supply Chain Management majors in the Ivy College of Business. The minor requires 15 credits from an approved list of courses, of which 9 credits must stand alone. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints.

Supply Chain Management, B.S.

BUSAD 102 (or 103)1BUSAD 2503
COM S 1133MATH 1513
ECON 1013ECON 1023
MATH 150#3International Perspective@3
LIB 1601 
 17 15
BUSAD 2031Core Business Courses6
ACCT 2843SP CM 2123
ENGL 2503ACCT 2153
STAT 2263PHIL 2303
General Elective3 
 16 15
Core Business Courses6Core Business Courses6
Natural Science3Major Courses6
ENGL 3023US Diversity or Elective#3
Major Course3 
 15 15
General Elective3MGMT 478*3
International/Global Perspective3Major Course3
Major Courses6General Electives8
Core Business Course3 
 15 14
Total Credits: 122

Courses in these requirements may also be used as Global Perspective.


US Diversity courses may be used to satisfy HUM/SOC SCI.


 All core classes must be completed prior to taking MGMT 478 in the graduating semester.

Students must be admitted to the professional program in business to major in supply chain management. The requirements to enter the professional program are:

1.  Completion of 30 credits, Foundation Courses, ENGL 150, and all ENGL 101/99 courses if required.

2.  A minimum GPA of 2.50 either cumulative or in the Foundation Courses.

Graduation Requirements:

        1.  Grade of “C” or higher in at least 30 credits of Core and Major courses.

        2.  42 credits of 300+ level courses.

        3.  50% of required Business courses must be earned at ISU.

        4.  At least 32 credits and the LAST 32 credits must be earned at ISU.

        5.  122 Credits minimum and a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

        6.  Grade of “C” or higher in 2 of the 3 required ENGL courses.

Graduate Study

The Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems participates in the full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) and in the PhD in Business and Technology programs. The department also participates in the interdepartmental MS in Transportation program.

The MBA program is a 48-credit, non-thesis, non-creative component curriculum. Thirty of the 48 credits are core courses and the remaining 18 are graduate electives. Students can obtain a specialization in Supply Chain Management within the MBA program.

The PhD in Business and Technology is a 56-credit curriculum (minimum) that culminates in a dissertation. Students may select Supply Chain Management (SCM) as their major area of specialization. The primary objective of the SCM specialization is to prepare students for careers in research  universities. The SCM domain is broad and includes the design, development and control of business processes for the conversion of inputs into outputs and distribution of those outputs. The traditional focus of SCM was on integration of processes across multiple functions within the firm—operations management, logistics, and  purchasing primarily, with elements of marketing and information systems also included. However, in today’s world, with competition across supply chain networks, SCM also involves integrating business processes across firms. Research in this area is therefore interdisciplinary in nature and addresses both intra- and inter-organizational issues.

Ph.D. core curriculum6
Doctoral seminars and research practicum in the area of specialization14
Minor area (9 cr.) plus electives (3 cr.)12
Research methods courses12
Total Credits56

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: ECON 101 and STAT 226
Various supply chain activities and integration of supply chain management with supply and demand, both within and between firms. Exposure to a wide range of supply chain management terminology, analytical tools, and theories related to four key elements of supply chain management: purchasing, operations, distribution, and integration. Specific topics include strategic sourcing, supply management, demand forecasting, resource planning, inventory management, process management, logistics, location analysis, process integration, and performance measurement.

(Cross-listed with MIS). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: credit or enrollment in MIS 301
Equips students to support team activities in the general project management environment and better manage their careers. Practical experience using project management techniques and tools. Course topics include project initiation and execution, risk assessment, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, and standard methods.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301
The design, analysis, and management of production processes to improve performance. Performance measures and their relationships; process design and evaluation; and managerial levers for improving and controlling process performance.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301
In-depth analysis of current issues, problems, and systems in operations management with emphasis on new theoretical and methodological developments. Topics may include in different semesters, supply chain management, productivity and quality improvement, management of technology and innovation, information technology in operations management, quick response manufacturing, and service operations management.

(Cross-listed with MIS). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: MIS 301, SCM 301
Internal and inter-organizational information systems necessary for a supply chain to achieve competitive advantage. Topics include: design, development, implementation, and maintenance of supply chain information systems; enterprise resource planning; advanced planning and scheduling, manufacturing execution systems; and the interface between manufacturing planning and control processes, logistics processes, and the information system.

(Cross-listed with MIS). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301, MIS 301 or I E 148, I E 341
Examination of the role of enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) in the supply chain. Hands-on experience with a major software application in use by many corporations to manage and improve the efficiency of their supply chains and operations. Students will develop a more process-centric perspective about how a supply chain operates and how ERP enables and supports such operations.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: SCM 301
Supply chain planning and control is the process which synchronizes demand with manufacturing and distribution. This course will cover sales and operations planning with emphasis on forecasting, master scheduling, materials requirements planning, inventory management and demand planning. Linking business plans and information systems for integration and distribution channels are also covered.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301
Technical tools and skills required for problem solving and decision making in logistics and operations management. Transportation and network planning, inventory decision making, facility location planning, vehicle routing, scheduling, and production planning. Quantitative tools include linear and integer programming, non-linear programming, and simulation. Emphasis on the use of PC-based spreadsheet programs.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301
Economic, operating, and service characteristics of the various modes of transportation, with a special emphasis on freight transportation. Factors that influence transport demand, costs, market structures, carrier pricing, and carrier operating and service characteristics and their influence on other supply chain costs and supply chain performance.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Credit or enrollment in SCM 461
Analysis of transport users' requirements. Carrier management problems involving ownership and mergers, routes, competition, labor, and other decision areas.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: SCM 301
Logistics systems and legal framework for the international movement of goods. Operational characteristics of providers of exporting and importing services. The effects of government trade policies on global logistics.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 301
Sourcing strategies, concepts, tools and dynamics in the context of the integrated supply chain. Make or buy decision, supplier evaluation and selection, global sourcing, the total cost of ownership, contracts and legal terms, negotiation, purchasing ethics, and information systems requirements.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 460 or SCM 422 or SCM 424; SCM 485 or SCM 486
Capstone course in supply chain management. Integrating and applying the theories, concepts, and methods covered in the prerequisite courses through the use of readings, case studies, projects, and industry speakers.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: SCM 301, senior classification, permission of instructor

Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: SCM 301
Students follow supply chain of major firm from overseas manufacturer to domestic point-of-sale. Students are expected to complete projects and present findings to senior leadership.

(3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: SCM 301
Students explore different practical scenarios related supply chain projects and cases. Students acquire necessary skills and knowledge to solve practical issues associated with presented cases and problems. Students compete at different venues around the country.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Enrollment in MBA program or departmental permission
Introduction to supply chain management including aspects of operations, logistics and global supply chain strategy development. Topic areas include lean manufacturing and value stream mapping; supplier development and measurement; sustainable supply chain operations; process measurement, management and improvement; supply chain risk and uncertainty; visibility and integration in the supply chain; and inventory control.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 501 or permission of instructor
The application of decision models for supply chain management. Topics include business applications of decision theory, inventory theory, business forecasting, optimization models, transportation and network models, routing problems, and project management.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 501 or permission of instructor
Analysis, management, and improvement of the business processes used to produce and deliver products and services that satisfy customer needs. Process attributes that managers can control to influence the key operational performance measures of throughput time, inventory, cost, quality, and flexibility are discussed. Topics such as theory of constraints, lean production, and six sigma are included.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 501 or permission of instructor
Positions logistics vis-a-vis supply chain management (SCM). Presents different perspectives on SCM vs. logistics. Describes primary logistics functions: transportation, warehousing, facility location, customer service, order processing, inventory management and packaging. Benefits of and obstacles to the integration of these functions.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 501 or permission of instructor
Analysis of contemporary issues and strategies in transportation management and policy. Emphasis on evaluation of the impacts of transportation policies, new technologies, and strategic carrier and shipper management practices on the freight transportation industry and logistics systems.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 501 or permission of instructor
Mechanics, procedures and tools used in purchasing. Recruiting, selecting, developing and managing supply chain partners in order to achieve competitive advantage via superior supply chain management. Factors and information needs for making supply management decisions.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: Graduate classification and permission of instructor
For students who wish to do individual research in a particular area of supply chain management.

Courses for graduate students:

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: MGMT 601 or permission of instructor
An overview of the development of supply chain management (SCM) theory, including review of seminal articles in logistics, operations, and purchasing management and theories from allied disciplines (e.g., economics, marketing, sociology, strategic management). Analysis of trends in SCM research topics and methodologies. Identification of emerging and future areas for research and theory development.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 601 or concurrent enrollment
Review of research literature on supply chain strategy, including the impact of technology, global economic and social factors, and intra- and inter-organizational integration on supply chain strategy formation. The role of SCM in overall corporate strategy and the impact of SCM on firm performance will also be addressed.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 601 or concurrent enrollment
Review of classic purchasing theories. Discussion of contemporary supply management strategy; the role of supply management and its relationship with other functional areas; its impact on logistics and transportation issues; management of supply uncertainties.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 601 or concurrent enrollment
Integration of network, economic, and systems theory in the design, management, and control of logistics systems in the context of integrated supply chain management. Functional areas addressed include transportation, inventory order fulfillment, distribution, and warehousing. Facility location analysis will also be covered.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: SCM 601 or concurrent enrollment
Review of the research literature on methods of organizing, planning, controlling, and improving manufacturing systems to achieve the desired performance objectives related to cost, quality, speed, and flexibility. The relationship between the performance of the manufacturing system and the performance of the supply chain system will also be discussed.

(1-0) Cr. 1.

Prereq: enrollment in the PhD program
Preparation of a research manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal. Students will work with a faculty mentor on a research project.

(1-0) Cr. 1.

Prereq: enrollment in the PhD program
Preparation of a second research manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal. Although students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the students will take independent responsibility for the research project.

Cr. 12.

Prereq: Graduate classification, permission of dissertation supervisor