The domestic and international economy continues to grow and operations around the globe are becoming increasingly complex, making it critical for businesses and organizations to manage the supply and demand of goods and services in an efficient, competitive, and profitable manner. Myriad industries, from technology and manufacturing to consultancy and retail, understand their supply chain — the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer — is vital to their success and seek people with the skills and in-depth understanding to manage and execute supply chain operations.
Supply chain and logistics managers impact the overall success of a business through involvement in every element of an organization — purchasing, planning, transportation, production, operations and storage, as well as the threads that connect the various elements of a business. Valpo’s program will equip students for these cross-functional roles through new courses in global logistics management, advanced analytical methods, and enterprise resource planning systems, which gives students hands-on experience with ERP software used in the workplace. Valpo graduates will develop the analytical and decision-making skills necessary to address complex supply chain problems locally, regionally, and globally.
Designed in response to the increasing demand, a degree in supply chain and logistics management translates into opportunity. According to a recent study from Supply Chain Insights, 25–33 percent of the supply chain workforce is at or past retirement age, opening the door for the next generation to embark on a career in this in-demand industry.
All College of Business majors begin with two core groups of courses:
|Major Requirements for Business Analytics|
|IDS 340||Statistics for Decision Making||3 credits|
|SCM 310||Global Logistics Management||3 credits|
|BUS 315||Analytical Modeling||3 credits|
|SCM 330||Enterprise Resource Planning Systems||3 credits|
|SCM 402||Advanced Analytical Methods for SCM||3 credits|
|SCM 405||Supply Chain Strategy — Capstone||3 credits|
|Two courses with a global/international focus from the following options:|
|MKT 430||International Marketing||3 credits|
|FIN 430||International Finance||3 credits|
|MGT 440||Cross Cultural Management||3 credits|
|Free electives||7 credits|
|Grand Total (all courses)||125 credits|
In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the program is required to complete one of the following:
- A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
- An Internship