The Smeal College undergraduate program of study is the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration. There are many opportunities for specialization of study within that B.S. program.
Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) is a boundary-spanning field of supply chain networks, which organizations use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world. Our program integrates source (strategic procurement and supply management), make (manufacturing and service operations), deliver (demand fulfillment), and return (reverse logistics, recycle, and remanufacture) processes, along with information systems as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness.
These core processes span traditional functional boundaries and encompass important activities such as information management; purchasing; inventory flow scheduling and control; logistics-production coordination; transportation systems operation and infrastructure; and customer service, order fulfillment, and distribution facilities management.
The Management Information Systems major offers students the opportunity to develop technical knowledge, skills, and abilities in the information systems area, where applications are presented in the context of supply chain processes. The core areas of study include algorithmic programming, database concepts, system design and analysis, data communications and networks, Internet technologies, and enterprise information systems
The minor in SCIST is structured to provide students not majoring in Supply Chain & Information Systems (SC&IS) or Management Information Systems (M I S) with the opportunity to develop working knowledge of information technology, supply chain management, and their interdisciplinary synergies.
This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students of other majors interested in the study of technology-supported techniques for exploring, analyzing, integrating, and reporting business data to facilitate fact-based decisions. The coursework enables students to study basic concepts, principles, and methods for business analytics and to gain an understanding of the best practices for aligning IT-supported analytics with business strategy.