The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in operations and supply
In this age of globalization, supply chain management professionals actively operate at the hub of an
organization, interacting regularly with all other business segments in the firm, including sales and marketing,
finance and human resources, and with suppliers and customers located around the world, thereby ensuring that the
desired product/service is available to the customer in the right condition and quantity and at the right time,
place, and cost. Efficient performance of this function needs the coordination of sourcing, logistics, production
operations, inventory management, and information technology in a cost effective manner. By integrating critical
value-added components like manufacturing operations, purchasing, logistics and physical distribution to enhance
global competitiveness, the Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) major at Indiana State University's
Scott College of Business provides a solid foundation to individuals seeking a career in the management of today's
data-driven global supply chain operations.
Coursework in the major includes a combination of Foundational Studies and
business core courses—plus a core of required courses in operations and supply chain management.
In addition, students select electives to meet their particular
interests and career goals, including electives from the marketing major.
Courses in operations and supply chain management focus on following areas:
Supply chain fundamentals
Data-driven decision making
Lean six sigma
Global supply chain management
Global sourcing and procurement
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Service operations management
Courses are taught in seminar formats by faculty who have earned doctoral
degrees and/or have extensive industry experience, thus providing students with
a quality education and the opportunity to develop close professional
relationships with their professors.
By providing frequent class meetings in laboratory settings, students have
the opportunity to experiment with and gain expertise in a variety of software
packages. In addition, all courses incorporate class projects. As part of this
unique teaching method, students receive hands-on experience in building models
and conducting analysis using real data to provide real solutions to real
One or more internships offer hands-on learning in real work situations.
Opportunities for leadership are available through membership in the student
chapter of APICS: The Association for Operations Management. This group sponsors
monthly meetings that provide opportunities for students to meet with regional
industry professionals and to attend national conferences and participate in
competitions. Free review sessions help students prepare for APICS certification
Operations management careers span all industries. Due to the need for qualified professionals across many
different types of businesses, studies in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Program prepare students to
assume a wide variety of managerial positions.
Our graduates find jobs in traditional manufacturing firms as well as the growing service sectors of financial
services, health care, distribution and logistics, and government. The broad-based education in the program allows
graduates to follow career paths that cross industry sectors if they so desire.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Scott College of Business offers a variety of scholarships and awards, including scholarships for
entering freshmen. Scholarships also are available to majors and minors who demonstrate exceptional academic performance.
Operation and supply chain management majors who have exhibited exceptional academic performance and experiential
activities receive the OSCM Senior Achievement Award.
For more information about these awards, contact the Operations and Supply Chain Management Program
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authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.