Operations & Supply Chain Management

BBA in Operations & Supply Chain Management Major

Today, without doubt, the crucial need for businesses competing in the global marketplace to be successful and sustainable requires competence and expertise in the areas of operations and supply chain management. The operations and supply chain management responsibilities include sourcing, procurement, distribution and transportation, process scheduling and improvement, both within and across companies. The field is rapidly growing with improvement in technology leading to an expansion in new career opportunities. The goal of the B.B.A major in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM) is to provide students the background needed to become business leaders who will be equipped to solve complex challenges in operations and supply chain management. We accomplish this goal through our excellence and strength in high quality teaching and world-class research.

Career Opportunities

Because of the globalization of commerce, growth in information technologies, as well as recent emphasis given to logistics and supply management, there has been a tremendous growth in job opportunities in this field. The following are some areas of employment for OSM majors.

  • Procurement
  • Buyer-supplier relations
  • Logistics/freight forwarders
  • Transportation and carrier management
  • Distribution Center and Warehouse management
  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Inventory management
  • Service operations planning and control
  • Export/Import Operations
  • Statistical/data analysis
  • Quality control and management
  • Project planning and scheduling

Specializations in OSM

The OSM program is designed to provide a strong foundation in all aspects of operations management and supply chain management as well as exposure to the analytical tools used in the field. However, for students who want to specialize we provide four possible tracks.

Supply Chain Management. This track is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of activities involved in a supply chain system. Students who are interested in working for logistics companies, or manufacturing and service companies with supply chain management functions should follow this track.

The following list of courses is recommended:
OSM 412 Supply Chain Modeling (4 credits)
OSM 413 Production Planning and Control (4 credits) 
OSM 415 Case Studies in Operations Management (4 credits)
OSM 417 Principles of Lean Operations (4 credits)
OSM 419 Operations Strategy (4 credits)
OSM 424 Transportation Management (4 credits)
OSM 427 Strategic Sourcing and Purchasing Management (4 credits)

Global Operations Management. This track will prepare students to manage many different aspects of global operations in both service organizations and manufacturing firms.

The following list of courses is recommended:
OSM 425 International Operations Management (3 credits)
OSM 415 Case Studies in Operations Management (4 credits)
OSM 419 Operations Strategy (4 credits)
OSM 421 Service Operations Management (4 credits)
OSM 438 International Field Experience in Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

Project Management. This track will provide the background in project management and scheduling that will be necessary for students who want to become project managers or project leaders.

The following list of courses is recommended:
OSM 312 Management Science (4 credits)
OSM 415 Case Studies in Operations Management (4 credits)
OSM 422 Project Management (3 credits)
OSM 419 Operations Strategy (4 credits)
OSM 442 Innovation Management (4 credits)

Business Analytics. This track will provide a strong background in data analysis, statistics and analytical tools that an analyst needs in many organizations. Students in this track will gain proficiency in SAS, SPSS, Minitab, and Excel.

The following list of courses is recommended:
OSM 431 Sampling and Experimental Design (4 credits)
OSM 433 Data Analysis (4 credits)
OSM 434 Multivariate Analysis (4 credits)
OSM 435 Forecasting (4 credits)
OSM 445 Quality Control and Management (4 credits)

Co-operative education and internship programs as well as international travel opportunities are also available.

OSM Program Structure

The requirement for a major in Operations and Supply Chain Management is to complete 30-32 credit hours beyond the College Core requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence for OSM Major

Fifth Semester
ECN 302 Intermediate Micro-economics 
FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management 
OSM 311 Introduction to Operations Management 
MKT 301 Fundamentals of Marketing 
MGT 321 Organizational Behavior 
Total

Sixth Semester
MKT 351 Business, Society, and Government (w)
IST 305 Information Technology 
BLW 411 Business Law and Ethics (w)
OSM Major Elective
OSM Major Elective
Total

Seventh Semester
OSM Major Elective 
OSM Major Elective
OSM Major Elective 
OSM Major Elective
Total

Eighth Semester
OSM Major Elective 
OSM Major Elective 
Elective (OSM or other business) 
MGT 465 Management Strategy and Policy *
Total
Credits
3
4
3
3
3
16

Credits
3
3
3
4
4
17

Credits
4
4
4
4
16

Credits
4
4
4
3
15

All B.B.A. core courses listed above must be completed prior to taking MGT 465, the capstone course in the BBA curriculum.
(W) Counts as a writing course for university graduation requirements. A minimum of three writing courses are required. 

Both The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and The Columbus State Community College students who receive the degree of Associate of Applied Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management (or a related field such as Purchasing or Logistics) will be able to waive 8 credit hours of OSM elective courses. For more information please contact the Monte Ahuja College of Business Advising Office or Dr. Jay Chen, Chairperson for the Department of Operations & Supply Chain Management.

For more information, contact the Department of Operations & Supply Chain Management:

ChairPerson: Dr. Jen-Yi (Jay) Chen
Phone: 216.687.4748
Email: j.chen27@csuohio.edu


For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to the University.