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2017-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management Concentration, B.S.B.A.

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Supply Chain Management involves the strategic integration of diverse business facilities, functions, and activities throughout the supply chain for the purpose of providing goods and services to customers as efficiently as possible. Achieving efficiency in the supply chain is accomplished by developing knowledge of transportation, inventory control, warehousing, material handling, purchasing, production control, and the tools necessary to analyze and coordinate these activities. The concept of total cost analysis (taking all costs into account before making decisions), and cost trade-offs (letting one or more costs rise to take advantage of greater savings in other costs) is also central to supply chain management. These concepts, once honed, apply to many facets of business and personal decision making.

B.S.B.A. Core Requirements

All B.S.B.A. majors in the John L. Grove College of Business should satisfactorily complete the 100-/200-level business core courses during their freshman and sophomore years and the 300-400-level business core courses during their junior and senior years, as listed below.


  • Students who place at the advanced level in the mathematics placement/competency test are not required to take MAT 140A /MAT 140B . In lieu of MAT 140A /MAT 140B , students are required to take an additional free elective.
  • Completion of ECO 101  and ECO 102  will satisfy the requirement for ECO 113 .
  • Completion of MAT 117  taken at Shippensburg University will satisfy the requirement for SCM 200  .
  • MGT 447   Satisfies university diversity requirement.

Major Course Requirements

Students should meet with their faculty advisor to plan the sequencing of their major program of study. Students interested in a double major and/or minor shall be required to take the prescribed courses in each respective major and/or minor. Students can double count one course between business majors with the permission of the respective department chair(s). Refer to the index under Double Majors and Minors for further information.

Logistics Management Concentration

Logistics is that part of Supply Chain Management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements. Logistics activities typically include inbound and outbound transportation management, fleet management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfillment, logistics network design, inventory management, supply/demand planning, and management of third party logistics services providers. To varying degrees, the logistics function also includes sourcing and procurement, production planning and scheduling, packaging and assembly, and customer service. It is involved in all levels of planning and execution-strategic, operational and tactical. Logistics is an integrating function, which coordinates and optimizes all logistics activities, as well as integrates logistics activities with other functions including marketing, sales manufacturing, finance, and information technology.

Logistics Career Opportunities

Logistics is the universal thread or pipeline that plans and coordinates the delivery of products and services to customers all over the world. Logistics professionals manage and coordinate activities in this global pipeline to ensure an effective and efficient flow of materials and information from the time a need arises until it is satisfied and beyond. The demand for logistics managers at all levels is excellent. The Collegiate Employment Research Institute reports that logistics is a field with more positions than graduates each year. The Wall Street Journal reports that senior logistics management talent is also in short supply. As logistics managers' roles and value have grown, the need for well-educated, talented professionals with a diverse array of skills has emerged. Earning potential for logistics managers is excellent! In addition to receiving outstanding salaries, logistics managers receive a full range of valuable benefits and most are eligible for bonus pay. A recent study by William M. Mercer, Inc., indicates that more than 85 percent of logistics managers can earn incentive pay in addition to their base salary. It is also important to note salaries for logistics managers have risen each of the last five years according to annual surveys conducted by Ohio State University and Cahners Research.

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