Supply Chain & Information Systems Major
A supply chain encompasses business functions and enterprises interconnected by resource flows of goods, services, information, and funds. Supply chain management spans these interconnected networks to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services in our global economy.
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. The SC&IS major at Smeal helps students to develop excellent knowledge and skills in three critically important areas:
- Core flow functions, which include 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.
Careers in Supply Chain & Information Systems
Smeal SC&IS graduates are well prepared for careers in industry and government, merchandising companies, third-party logistics providers, transport system enterprises, and consulting firms. The Supply Chain and Information Systems Department provides a dedicated job-placement service 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 products industries).