Supply Chain Management (SCM) encompasses the planning and management of all the activities and resources that organizations use to produce goods and services that satisfy customer demands. There are five core processes common to all supply chains: planning how to satisfy customer demand, sourcing supply chains for raw materials and services, producing the product or service, delivering the product or service to the customer, and managing returned goods for recycle, repair or reuse. These core processes occur in both manufacturing enterprises and service organization, and apply as well to government agencies and non-profit institutions. Thus the challenges in making all these operations the most efficient and effective are the keys to the success of any organization. As a result the opportunities for initial employment in operations management field and career advancements are tremendous.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) students at the Bauer College learn how to analyze the supply chain core processes and develop recommendations that enable companies to reduce costs, improve productivity, and achieve greater customer satisfaction. Recent graduates of supply chain management have taken jobs as analysts and/or consultants in areas such as service operations, quality management, project management, purchasing, inventory management, manufacturing planning, transportation logistics management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and many other areas: These jobs include:
- Supply Chain Management Professional: Responsibilities includemanaging supplier relationships, sourcing goods and services globally, effectively planning for production and demand, managing inventory and product movements, and ensuring material quality. Collectively, these tasks can have a significant impact on the Company’s profitability.
- Production Planner: Responsible for scheduling finished material and intermediate production to maintain inventory levels and satisfy customer demand. Also develops and implements solutions relating to the planning operations using enterprise resource planning systems and other software to improve efficiencies.
- Transportation Planner: Responsible for working effectively with carriers and customer service to coordinate various operations affecting outbound bulk and packaged shipments, including exports. Utilizing SAP and PC based systems, this professional will also develop and implement computerized solutions relating to the traffic operations.
- Buyer/Planner: Responsible for executing all aspects of daily planning and execution for assemble to order products. Sets up and tracks demand and supply of customer orders and forecasts. Works closely with Customer Service, Marketing, and Engineering to ensure on time delivery to quoted or committed deliveries.
Some characteristics that make successful Supply Chain Management students and highly respected Supply Chain Management professionals include the following:
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to work with people at all levels in an organization
- Ability to think critically about a problem and develop creative solutions
- Strong analytical skills
- Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity
If you are interested in a challenging job with excellent career growth opportunities, then Supply Chain Management could be a great major for you.
Supply Chain Management Major Coursework Requirements (36 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: a grade of C+ or higher in SCM 3301
General B.B.A. Requirements
In order to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree, students must complete credit hour requirements:
- UH Core Courses & College Requirements,
- Pre-Business courses,
- STAT 3331 Statistical Analysis for Business Applications
- Additional UH Core Courses
- Advanced-Level Business Requirements (required for all business majors),
- Additional Elective Requirements
- Major Coursework Requirements
along with noncredit requirements:
- Assenting to the Bauer Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and
- a business writing evaluation (BWE), administered through GENB 3302 (formerly GENB 2301); student who score below a minimum of 2 on the BWE are required to complete and clear a business writing tutorial (BWT) administered through the UH Writing Center. Clearing the BWE or BWT is required to file a degree plan.
Credit Hour Requirements
Students seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration degree must complete freshman-sophomore core and pre-business requirements, upper-level business core and required courses, major requirements, satisfy the business writing evaluation (BWE), or students with scores below 2 on the BWE, clear the alternative business writing tutorial (BWT).
The total hours required for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree are summarized below. Students in the Bauer Business Honors Program have additional requirements as specified under the description of the Bauer Business Honors Program.
Students pursuing the Global Energy Management Professional Program (GEM-PP) track in Finance have specialized degree requirements listed under the GEM-PP track for a major in finance. Other specialty programs, such as the Professional Program in Accounting, the Entrepreneurship Program, and the Program for Excellence in Selling, may have additional admission and program requirements as specified by the program.
B.B.A. requirements also listed as approved UH core courses may fulfill both requirements, but students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to earn the B.B.A.
Specific course requirements in each category are discussed in the following sections:
UH Core Courses & College Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
Pre-Business Courses (21 Credit Hours)
Courses require completion with a grade of “C” or higher.
Statistics 3331 - Statistical Analysis for Business Applications (3 Credit Hours)
Additional UH Core Courses (24 Credit Hours)
Advanced-Level Business Required Courses (24 Credit Hours)
This section is required for all business majors.