Supply Chain and Logistics Management Degree Program
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management degree program addresses servant leadership, innovation, entrepreneurialism and business skills. In addition to foundational courses in business, students complete courses in lean operations, business process management and enterprise optimization. Other courses focus on procurement, logistics and systems aspects of global supply chains. Students also learn about Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
What is a Supply Chain and Logistics Management Degree?
Students earning a bachelor’s degree in supply chain and logistics management learn business operations, management, business finances, and supply chain and manufacturing logistics. The degree program encompasses five domains:
Domain 1: Business Communication and Critical Thinking Skills: Learn how to effectively communicate and execute critical thinking in professional, global business environments as contributing team members and change agents.
- Demonstrate skills for effective collaboration, negotiation and teamwork
- Apply techniques for creative problem solving and encouraging innovation within organizations
- Write effective business messages that meet the needs of specific audiences
- Design and deliver persuasive business presentations
Domain 2: Information Literacy and Data Analysis: Learn to strategically analyze industry research and data related to business needs and apply critical thinking to create ethical and optimal business solutions.
- Demonstrate appropriate research strategies for acquiring information necessary to meet specific business needs
- Apply strategies for analyzing and synthesizing data and evaluating risk in making business decisions
- Use quantitative techniques and tools to analyze data relevant to business decision making
Domain 3: Business Operations and Environments: Participate with integrity in a variety of roles within global business operations and environments and interdisciplinary foundations.
- Examine management principles, strategies and processes that lead to effective organizational outcomes
- Determine how organizations formulate marketing strategies and tactics using market and consumer data.
- Analyze macroeconomic policies that impact unemployment, inflation and growth
- Utilize financial and accounting principles to interpret financial data and employ accounting practices in business enterprises
Domain 4: Legal, Ethical and Values-Driven Business: Navigate the legal landscape of a variety of global business environments and make informed, ethical business decisions while serving stakeholders and society.
- Define relevant laws and regulations that affect the business environment and how businesses operate
- Examine ethical dilemmas with particular emphasis on business decision making in situations of ambiguity
- Determine how servant leaders develop leadership capacity in others and a shared value of service within an organization
Domain 5: Supply Chain and Logistics Management: Learn to manage operations with specific emphasis on procurement, warehousing and the transportation of goods in domestic and global markets through strategic planning and the integration of resource planning, information systems and process optimization.
- Use quantitative and qualitative analysis and models for operational and logistics planning
- Integrate financial and decision analysis for planning and sourcing
- Use technology to evaluate and model supply chain and logistics strategies
- Apply process improvement and optimization implementation methods
- Demonstrate the ability to design sourcing solutions
Why Earn Your BS in Supply Chain and Logistics Management at GCU?
In addition to the five degree-specific competencies, students learn GCU’s mission critical competencies, which include:
- Effective Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Christian Worldview
- Global Awareness, Perspectives and Ethics
These competencies shape character, ethics and dignity so students can positively impact their communities, workplaces and all aspects of their lives.
Students interested in earning a BS in logistics and supply chain management go through the standard GCU admissions process. A step-by-step guide to admissions is detailed here.
What Can You Do with A Career in Supply Chain and Logistics Management?
In the Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management degree program, students prepare to compete for entry-level positions that focus on both optimizing organizational effectiveness and managing/analyzing global supply chains. Graduates work in various distribution channels in supply chain management, customer service management, product inventory and operations research analysis. Advanced careers include project manager, industry analyst, transportation director and more.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Program Core Courses
This course provides the foundation of core knowledge within the field of information technology. Topics include technology-centric organizations, the type and role of fundamental information technology systems, data management to include privacy and security, e-business and m-business, hardware, software, and computer networks.
This course is an introduction to the accounting cycle and the construction of financial statements. Students explore the fundamental principles and practices of financial accounting as outlined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); the steps in the accounting cycle from journalizing transactions through the preparation of financial statements; and the use and interpretation of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.
This course is an introduction to the use of managerial accounting data in the decision-making process. Topics include the use of cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis and relevant costs in decision making, using budgets and the balanced scorecard to evaluate performance, methods for setting prices of products and services, and analyzing capital investment opportunities. Prerequisite: ACC-250.
This course provides an introduction to the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics in business. Topics include probability, probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.
This course introduces models and practices used by contemporary marketers in fast-paced, dynamic domestic and global markets including the marketing concept and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of marketing plans. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, students examine the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies and tactics with emphasis on integrated marketing communications that effectively combine traditional advertising and promotion with digital marketing.
This course focuses on the fundamental ideas of microeconomics. Students examine the market forces of supply and demand under different market structures in order to understand how economic agents make decisions about both consumption and production. The structure, conduct, and performance of markets are evaluated through analysis of consumer, producer, and societal welfare. Students explore the topic of factor markets in which the incomes of most workers and owners of capital and property are determined. Prerequisites: ACC-240 or ACC-250 and BUS-352.
This course focuses on the national economy by examining macroeconomic data measuring national income, the cost of living, production and growth, and unemployment. Students examine the basic functions of the monetary system and analyze the macro economy in terms of long-run economic productivity and growth and in terms short-run fluctuations. The influence and effect of macroeconomic policy is studied within the context of current events. Prerequisite: ECN-361.
This course provides an introduction to the theories and practices of global supply chain and operations management, as well as an understanding of basic tools and methods of managing operations and supply chains. Students apply critical thinking skills to solve business problems using industry-accepted operations management techniques. Prerequisite: BUS-352.
This course is an introduction to managerial finance and the financial markets, analysis of financial statements, time value of money, interest rates, asset valuation, assessment of risk, cost of capital, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECN-220, ECN-351, or ECN-361; and ACC-240 or ACC-250.
This course examines quantitative and qualitative continuous process improvement techniques, including statistical process control (SPC), Six Sigma, and lean, and managing change with improvement initiatives. Students identify a project, apply the correct tools, and manage a process improvement project. Prerequisite: BUS-352.
This course covers the concepts of purchasing, inventory management, and logistics in a supply chain. Students focus on both upstream and downstream activities related to the full supply chain cycle, including contracting and negotiating activities. Prerequisites: BUS-352 and SCM-400.
Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.
This course surveys the global business environment with an emphasis on international markets and the global supply chain that impact all organizations and consumers. Students learn about basic international trade and currency issues and strategies to enter global markets successfully. Students focus on communication tools and negotiation tactics to enhance their cultural competence and business acumen.
This course focuses on managing both inbound and outbound transportation of materials and finished goods domestically and internationally. Students learn and apply logistics models and tools to solve distribution problems in the supply chain. Prerequisites: BUS-352, MAT-154, and SCM-400.
This course focuses on the tactical use of planning and control tools and systems to effectively manage resources in a manufacturing operation as part of a supply chain. Students examine the overall function of planning and control systems with detailed application of management tools within the production life cycle. Prerequisites: : BUS-352, SCM-400, SCM-410, and SCM-450.
This writing intensive course is a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business, including those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It explores the role of ethics and values in business decision making, and approaches these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.
This course exposes students to the basic requirements of designing and operating supply chains using a variety of quantitative models for analysis. This course emphasizes application, development, and analysis of mathematical models in different supply chain scenarios to solve business problems. Prerequisites: BUS-352, SCM-400, SCM-452, and SCM-454.
This writing-intensive course serves as the capstone experience in business and management that includes the gradual development of a comprehensive and integrative business plan. This course is designed to assist students in their development as managers, servant leaders, and successful strategic thinkers. Management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, global perspectives, law, and political issues are covered during this course. Prerequisites: MGT-420; FIN-210 or FIN-350; and MKT-245 or MKT-315.