Global Supply Chain Management

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Supply chain management (SCM) is a challenging and rewarding professional field that will continue to grow in importance, offering a broad range of career opportunities across a wide range of industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that positions in supply chain management are expected to grow more than 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, more than 10 percent faster than the average growth of all occupations. This program will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn and advance knowledge, technical skills and competencies pertaining to supply chain processes through a high-quality set of courses, in order to pursue entry-level opportunities across a broad range of organizations. The curriculum will provide a strong global perspective, systems orientation, and information technology training. The program in Global Supply Chain Management consists of a 27 semester-hour sequence.

Admission Requirements

Students who are direct admitted to the major as first-time freshmen must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed the course prerequisites listed in the table below with minimum grade of C-, unless otherwise noted, to be eligible to enroll in upper-division course work. 

Students who are not direct admitted to the major (i.e. Business) will declare the major at the beginning of the semester in which they satisfy the course prerequisites listed below.  Applicants also must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission to the major.

ACCT 201
ACCT 202
Principles of Accounting
and Principles of Accounting
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
ECON 201
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
Choose one of the Following:3-4
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
Choose one of the Following:3-4
Applied Calculus *
Calculus 1b with Precalculus *
Calculus 1 *
Calculus 2 *
Total Hours28-33

Students who are direct admitted to the major and meet the requirements listed above are guaranteed permission to enroll in upper-division course work. The College will accommodate as many majors as resources are available.  Students who are denied admission to the major may apply for admission in a future application period or accept admission to an alternative major in the College.

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Global Supply Chain Management Program Requirements

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

Overall GPA of 2.0 required
Possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all major courses (i.e. ACCT, GSCM) calculated using all attempted GPA hours unless excluded by the D/F repeat policy.
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 2A)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 8)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 8)3
Select one of the following (Minimum grade of C-, may fulfill GEF 8):3
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Elementary Statistical Inference
Select one of the following (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 1):3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2A, Science and Technology3
GEF 5, Human Inquiry & the Past3
GEF 6, The Arts & Creativity3
GEF 7, Global Studies & Diversity3
Select one of the following; minimum grade of B- in MATH 150 or C- in MATH 154 or higher; (may fulfill GEF 3):3-8
Algebra with Applications
and Applied Calculus
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
and Calculus 1
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (May fulfill GEF 4)3
BCOR 191First-Year Seminar1
BCOR 199Introduction to Business3
BCOR 299Business Communication3
BCOR 320Legal Environment of Business3
BCOR 330Information Systems and Technology3
BCOR 340Business Finance3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 360Supply Chain Management3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
BCOR 380Business Ethics3
BCOR 460Contemporary Business Strategy3
ACCT 331Managerial Accounting3
GSCM 350Sourcing and Supply Management3
GSCM 355Logistics and Distribution Management3
GSCM 360Supply Chain Analytics3
GSCM 370Transportation Management3
GSCM 425Supply Chain Network Design3
GSCM 430Supply Chain Technology3
GSCM 450Supply Chain Quality Management3
GSCM 455Project Management3
GSCM 470Global Supply Chain Systems3
Unrestricted Electives (needed to reach 120 hours)13
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
BCOR 1993ACCT 2013
BCOR 1911ECON 201 (GEF 8)3
CS 101 (GEF 2A)4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3Select one of the following:3
 GEF (Choose from F2A, F5, F6 or F7)3
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3 
GEF (Choose from F2A, F5, F6 or F7)3 
 17 15
Second Year
ACCT 2023BCOR 2993
ECON 202 (GEF 8)3BCOR 3303
ECON 225 (GEF 8)3BCOR 3403
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3BCOR 3503
PSYC 1013BCOR 3703
 15 15
Third Year
BCOR 3603ACCT 3313
GSCM 3503BCOR 3803
GSCM 3553GSCM 3603
GEF (Choose from F2A, F5, F6 or F7)3GSCM 3703
Minor or Unrestricted Electives3GEF (Choose from F2A, F5, F6 or F7)3
 Minor or Unrestricted Electives1
 15 16
Fourth Year
BCOR 3203BCOR 4603
GSCM 4253GSCM 4553
GSCM 4303GSCM 4703
GSCM 4503Minor or Unrestricted Electives3
Minor or Unrestricted Electives3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes

global supply chain management

Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared and competitive for entry-level positions in areas pertaining to supply chain management.  These jobs include areas such as materials project manager, sourcing leader, supply chain analyst, production analyst, logistics planning, shipping and delivery management, among others.

  • Graduates from the program will have the knowledge and skills to manage and coordinate all supply chain functions in an enterprise, from overseeing acquisition, internal allocation of resources, movement and storage of raw materials and inventory, to managing complex networks of supply and demand.
  • They will have the knowledge and skills to lead supply chain improvement projects, to function in supply chain teams, and to perform or lead supply chain activities.
  • Graduates will be able to recognize the systemic and global nature of supply chain processes and activities in the decision-making process, the interdependencies critical to effectively manage and improve performance, the role of supply chain information technology in the effective management and improvement of supply chain activities, and the complexities of global supply chain operations and related ethical issues.
  • In addition, students will recognize the great potential that supply chain activities and decisions offer in terms of making a positive contribution not only to the improvement of business performance but also to society.

GSCM 350. Sourcing and Supply Management. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: BCOR 360. Critical managerial issues in sourcing and supply management operations, structure, and processes, and supporting tools. Ethical, legal, and contractual issues pertaining to the global scope of this important set of business processes.

GSCM 355. Logistics and Distribution Management. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: BCOR 360. Critical managerial issues in the implementation and control of forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption.

GSCM 360. Supply Chain Analytics. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 350 with a grade of C- or better and GSCM 355 with a grade of C- or better. A survey of the broad spectrum of mathematical modeling methodologies available to supply chain analysts for solving supply chain problems.

GSCM 370. Transportation Management. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 350 with a grade of C- or better and GSCM 355 with a grade of C- or better. An introductory study of the wide range of issues facing supply chain professionals in transportation. This includes the impact of transportation systems in the economy, regulations, and management of distinct transportation modes with focus on the U.S. domestic transportation systems.

GSCM 425. Supply Chain Network Design. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 360 and GSCM 370. An in-depth study of how to parse supply chain problems into a network design formulation and how to collect appropriate data to use on these models. Students will also learn how to validate, debug, and test the sensitivity of models to various input and model assumptions.

GSCM 430. Supply Chain Technology. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 370. A comprehensive study of the strategic and operational use of main supply chain technologies. This includes dependencies and linkages between the various technologies, best practices, and potential pitfalls.

GSCM 450. Supply Chain Quality Management. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 350 and GSCM 355. Critical managerial issues in the organizational and behavioral dimensions of quality management systems and their application to simplify and improve supply chain processes, as well as key supporting methodologies and tools.

GSCM 455. Project Management. 3 Hours.

PR: BCOR 330 and PR or CONC: BCOR 360. Critical managerial issues in the planning, scheduling, organization, and management of projects. Project management process and tools and the effects of management style on the success of a project.

GSCM 470. Global Supply Chain Systems. 3 Hours.

PR: GSCM 425 and GSCM 450. Analysis and problem solving of sourcing, operations, and logistics issues from a systems-perspective, and discussion of managerial issues in those areas in the international context from an integrated supply chain network perspective. The course encompasses the design, simulated operation, improvement, and analysis of a supply network.

GSCM 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

GSCM 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR:Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

GSCM 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.



  • Virginia Franke Kleist - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Management Information Systems

GSCM Program Coordinator, Professor

  • Ednilson Bernardes - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Supply Chain Management

Associate professor

  • John Saldanha - Ph.D. (Penn State University)
    Supply Chain Management


Global Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator

  • Ednilson Bernardes - Ph.D.
    University Minnesota