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Undergraduate Supply Chain & Information Systems (SC&IS) Major

A supply chain encompasses business functions and enterprises interconnected by resource flows of goods, services, information, and funds. Supply Chain Management (SCM) spans these interconnected networks to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services in our global economy.

Major Overview

Students selecting the SC&IS major develop excellent knowledge and skills in three critically important areas:
Core flow functions, which buy, make, deliver, and return
The role of information systems as the critical enabler for integrating supply chains
The cross-functional planning perspectives that span core functions, customer relationships, post-sales, support, and new product design and launches

SC&IS emphasizes real world content and exposure to best practices from internships, case studies, visiting business leaders, industry partnerships, company-sponsored research projects, study abroad opportunities, and professional development workshops.

SC&IS Highlights

Consider some of the other factors that help to enhance the environment for SC&IS students at the Smeal College of Business.

Top Ranked

Employers have ranked Penn State and Smeal No. 1 in both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. Smeal's SC&IS program is consistently ranked No. 1 by Gartner, Inc., a technology research firm that ranks the top Supply Chain companies in the world and the top 25 Supply Chain universities in the U.S.

Student Events

The SC&IS Department hosts a variety of student events each year, including, fall and spring career fairs, picnics, and career exploration sessions for SC&IS majors. First-year and second-year students can also learn more about majors, careers, and involvement opportunities at the Big Event.

Preparing to Enroll

During the second year, all Smeal students apply for their major. SC&IS applicants must complete the entrance-to-major requirements and must have the specified minimum GPA at the end of both fall and spring semesters. Students with lower cumulative GPAs may be admitted depending on demand.

SCM Major Requirements

Complete all of the following Supply Chain Management (SCM) courses (15 credits). A grade of "C" or higher is required in all SCM courses, including SCM 301:
› SCM 404 (3)
Demand Fulfillment (Prerequisite: SCM 301)
› SCM 405 (3)
Manufacturing and Service Strategies (Prerequisite: SCM 301)
› SCM 406 (3)
Strategic Procurement (Prerequisite: SCM 301)
› SCM 421 (3)
Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis (Prerequisite: SCM 404 or 405 or 406)
› SCM 450W (3)
Design and Management of Supply Chains (Prerequisite: SCM 421)

Select a Two-Piece Sequence (6 credits) from one of the areas below or complete a designated University minor.
› Accounting
› Economics
› Entrepreneurship
› Finance
› Information Systems Management (ISM)
› International Business
› Management
› Marketing
› Real Estate
› Risk Management

Employment Prospects

The SC&IS Department at Smeal provides a dedicated job-placement services office for students. Companies recruiting majors represent both the services sector (consulting, retailing, and health care industries) and the manufacturing sector (especially computer, aerospace, pharmaceutical, electronics, petrochemical, auto, food, and consumer product industries). In addition to job-placement services, the department partners with the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) in hosting a fall and spring career fair attended by more than 100 companies.

Career placement services within the department are coordinated by Brianne Lippert, who can be reached at (814) 863-3492 or bek147@psu.edu.