Transfer Pathway

Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option:  the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The  curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.  Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.

Program Overview

The Supply Chain and Operations Management major prepares students for a wide range of careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. It is a degree that is focused on Supply Chain and Operations Management careers.

With increased globalization and international trade, goods and services cross national boundaries. Also, many organizations seek services, products, raw materials and parts from domestic and international sources. To manage the complex network of internal facilities and to coordinate with vendors, companies requires supply chain and operations experts.

In this degree, students will acquire knowledge of logistics, transportation, supply chain management, inventory and warehousing, sourcing and purchasing, supply chain systems, and planning and control of activities related to distribution of goods and raw materials. The courses combine diverse management, finance, and marketing skills and focus on technical and managerial skills required by supply chain and operations professionals.

Students can aspire to careers as varied as business analyst, supply chain analyst, materials management analyst, supply chain project manager, logistics planner, transportation planner, retail analyst, retail store manager, production supervisor, sales and operations planner, buyer, purchasing manager, and global trade analyst.

There are many professional organizations to which students can belong to enhance their careers. These organizations provide the ability to learn industry practices and make contact with industry professionals. Some of organizations include Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP); American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS); American Society of Transportation & Logistics (ASTL); Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM).

More information about this program

Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Supply Chain and Operations Management major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

General Education and Liberal Studies

Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS).

In addition, courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of Minnesota State Policy 3.2 and Minnesota State Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course; 
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and 
  • the grade earned in the course is "C-" or "S" or higher.

Management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

Students in each of the College of Management bachelor of science major programs must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of their major requirements and/or major electives at Metropolitan State University. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 120 total credits)

COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  • MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
    4 credits

    This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the economy as a whole and studies how government can affect the economy. After starting with principles of markets, the price system and supply and demand, the course covers national income accounting, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System, different approaches to economic growth, and the foundations of international trade.

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  • ECON 202 Microeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
    4 credits

    This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.

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COM Business Core Courses (20 credits)

  • DSCI 434 Introduction to Operations Management
    4 credits

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of production and operations management for both service and manufacturing organizations. It will address the role of operations in relation to other functions and the methods to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Topics covered include: product and service design, capacity planning, design of work systems, location planning and analysis, material requirements planning, supply-chain management, enterprise resource planning, inventory management, total quality management, Six Sigma, lean enterprise and kaizen approaches, aggregate planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and project planning. Also included are tools and processes used in operations decisions such as forecasting, breakeven analysis, and critical path method using available software.

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  • FIN 390 Principles of Finance
    4 credits

    This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.

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  • MGMT 310 Management Principles and Practices
    4 credits

    This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of management as well as current management theory and practices. The critical success factors leading to effective performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader, motivator, controller and manager of a diverse workforce in a changing environment are identified and evaluated.

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  • MIS 310 Principles of Management Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course is designed to define the role of information systems in organizations, and in particular the roles of IS staff and end-users in developing and maintaining computer systems. The managerial aspects and implications of databases, telecommunications, hardware, software and e-commerce are included. Special attention is given to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: infrastructure, transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. Also included are all phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) as well as alternative development methodologies. The course prototypically includes analysis of real world business cases and post-implementation audit report of a recently completed management information system. All students taking this class must have completed as a prerequisite the MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations course or its approved equivalent. Students should also note that this course is no longer offered as a theory seminar or as a prior learning experience, but students with significant prior work experience in the field of MIS are highly encouraged to take the internet study section for this course, which is appropriately more challenging.

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  • MKTG 300 Marketing Principles
    4 credits

    This course surveys factors that marketing managers take into account when creating a marketing plan, including consumer behavior principles, market segmentation, product life cycle, packaging, branding, pricing, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, product distribution methods and key laws affecting marketing practices. The course takes a practical approach to explaining how to identify marketing objectives and determine strategies for reaching them. It is useful to general business students, students who plan marketing management or marketing communications careers and those who wish to be better informed consumers. This course is also offered online. Prerequisite: Goal 1 writing requirement plus 30 credits must be satisfied.

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Supply Chain and Operations Management Required Courses

  • DSCI 440 Supply Chain Planning and Control
    4 credits

    This course addresses tools, techniques, and strategies used in service and manufacturing organizations for management and controlling internal and enterprise supply chains. Topics include demand management, forecasting, sales and operations planning, production scheduling, material requirements planning, capacity planning, just-in-time, distribution requirements planning, order-point inventory control methods, and strategic design of planning and control systems.

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  • MKTG 455 Logistics in Supply Chain
    4 credits

    This course examines those activities involved in planning, implementing and controlling the flows of raw materials, in-process inventories, and finished goods from the points of origin to the points of consumption at the lowest total cost. Topics covered include enterprise resource planning; forecasting; inventory management; transportation modes, services and rates; warehousing; information systems; performance measurement; quality; materials handling; customer services; and the overall management of logistical functions. The computerized information programs intending to support the management functions are also treated. Special emphasis is placed on building business analysis skills to assess the feasibility and cost benefit of its functions to support logistics operations.

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  • DSCI 450 Supply Chain and Operations Management Strategy
    4 credits

    This course integrates planning, design and analysis to develop a holistic view of supply chain and operations through problems, cases, research papers, readings, projects, and presentations. It requires students to describe, analyze, review and critique important design and planning features of supply chain and operations management. Student will work individually or in groups to develop a project/research paper to analyze an existing complex supply chain and operations function. Students will also explore supply chain and operations through readings, papers, guest lectures, and videos. The focus of the course is on experiential learning and critical analysis. Students will learn critical tools like optimization, models, decision trees, and network analysis.

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Supply Chain and Operations Management Elective Courses (14 credits from of the following courses)

  • DSCI 350I Decision Sciences Individual Internship
    0 credits

    Under the direction of the Internship Office and the DSci faculty, students can use actual on-the-job experience with their past or current projects in operations, manufacturing, project management, and or decision making to earn four credits. A comprehensive project report is required.

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  • DSCI 415 Special Topics in Supply Chain and Operations
    0 credits

    This course will address special topics, current issues and research trends in supply chain and operations management field. The supply chain and operations management field is undergoing some rapid change due to driving factors such as globalization, technology change, and environmental concerns. The course will revolve around five themes or topics: (1) managing risks; (2) theory of constraint, (3) lean management; (4) green, environment and carbon issues; and (5) globalization. Other specialized topics may be added as the field undergoes changes. Prerequisites: DSCI 434 Intro. to Operations Management

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  • DSCI 420 Project Management
    4 credits

    This course focuses on developing the skills needed to become a successful project manager and project team member. Topics covered include all aspects of project management from project initiation issues and project planning to scheduling, organization, implementation, monitoring progress and controlling to achieve desired project results. Also included are project management techniques such as PERT, CPM and project evaluation methods using Microsoft Project software.

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  • IBUS 311 International Business Environment and Operations
    4 credits

    This course addresses the major features of the global business environment (economic, cultural, legal and political) and the international business theory and practice needed to operate and compete successfully in the global economy. Case studies focus on key decision areas in international management, marketing, purchasing, finance and production.

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  • MGMT 340 Managing Quality
    4 credits

    This course examines several frameworks to the management of organizational excellence, including Deming Juran the Baldrige Award, ISO and Six Sigma. Topics include customer focus, leadership, management by fact, strategic planning, human resources, continuous improvement of processes and business results.

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  • MKTG 449 Fundamentals of Purchasing Management
    2 credits

    This course acquaints students wishing to explore career opportunities in professional purchasing. It explains the functions of the professional purchasing manager, the contributions of purchasing to organizational goals, purchasing systems and controls, supplier selection procedures, and performance evaluation of purchasing personnel.

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  • MIS 456 Supply Chain Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course examines the role of information systems applications involved in supporting supply chain operations. Topics covered include electronic purchasing, RFQ, reverse auctions, B2B exchanges, warehouse management systems, bar coding / RFID, mobile solutions for distribution and field force automation, ERP, reverse logistics, equipment maintenance tracking systems, transportation/shipping management and GPS. The underlying technologies of EDI and XML are also examined. Special emphasis is placed on building analysis skills for the detailed assessment of vendor software solutions in the supply chain arena.

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  • ACCT 320 Strategic Management Accounting
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the role of financial and nonfinancial information for planning and control decisions, emphasizing the strategic role of the management accountant in the organization. It emphasizes strategy and the application of concepts and practices of management accounting on economic and noneconomic decisions. Topics include: cost behavior and estimation; cost analysis for planning and control decisions including value chain analysis, target costing, quality costs, customer value measurement systems, and benchmarking; cross-functional teams; activity-based management; and capital budgeting.

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COM Capstone Course (4 credits)

  • MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management
    4 credits

    This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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