Bachelor’s in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Degree

Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

About the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Degree

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, you will complete courses in lean operations, business process management and enterprise optimization. Other courses focus on procurement, logistics and systems aspects of global supply chains.

What You Will Learn in GCU’s Supply Chain and Logistics Management Degree Program

While earning a bachelor’s degree in supply chain and logistics management, you will learn business operations, management, business finances and supply chain and manufacturing logistics. You will also learn about Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. The degree program encompasses five core sections:

Learn how to effectively communicate and execute critical thinking in professional, global business environments as contributing team members and change agents. The skills taught in this bachelor’s-level management program nurture effective collaboration, negotiation and teamwork. Apply creative problem solving to deliver persuasive business presentations.

The logistics and supply chain management degree strategically trains you to analyze industry research and data related to business needs. You then apply critical thinking to create ethical and optimal business solutions for on-the-spot business decisions, risk evaluation and using quantitative techniques and tools to analyze data.

Through simulations and other class projects, you will participate in a variety of roles within global business operations and environments. These real-life business simulations prepare you to:

  • 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

As part of the supply chain and logistics management degree, it’s important to comprehend and know how to navigate the legal landscape of global business environments. This will strengthen you to make informed, ethical business decisions while serving stakeholders and society. The bachelor’s-level business management curriculum will define relevant laws and regulations that affect the business environment and how businesses operate.

Through role playing and other business simulations, you will take part in navigating ethical dilemmas that could affect a business. This is all part of building servant leadership, a core value of GCU’s business school.

Learn to manage operations in GCU’s logistics and supply chain management program. The curriculum places specific emphasis on procurement, warehousing and the transportation of goods in domestic and global markets. You will learn strategic resource planning to optimize and streamline operations. The following are specific areas you may be tested on:

  • Using quantitative and qualitative analysis and models for operational and logistics planning
  • Integrating financial and decision analysis for planning and sourcing
  • Using existing technology to evaluate and model supply chain and logistics strategies
  • Applying process improvement and optimization implementation methods
  • Demonstrating the ability to design sourcing solutions
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Earn Your Logistics and Supply Chain Management Degree Online at GCU

Enjoy convenience and flexibility with GCU’s logistics and supply chain degree online modality. In addition to the five degree-specific competencies, students learn GCU’s mission critical competencies, which include:

  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Christian worldview
  • Leadership
  • 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.

Career Opportunities for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Degree Graduates

In the bachelor’s-level supply chain and logistics management degree program, you prepare to compete for entry-level positions that focus on both optimizing organizational effectiveness and analyzing and managing global supply chains. Each potential career has a hand in keeping the domestic and global supply chain moving.

Graduates may work in various distribution channels in the following departments:

  • Supply chain management
  • Customer service management
  • Product inventory
  • Operations research analysis

Supply Chain and Logistics Degree Program Management FAQs

Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about supply chain and logistics management major and earning your logistics and supply chain management degree.

What may be difficult for one student may not be difficult for another, and vice versa. It should be noted there are many different topics covered in a supply chain and logistics management degree. These include accounting, statistics, marketing and global business environments. This degree is a math-intensive program with a heavy focus on legal issues, but it is designed for total coverage of the industry to best prepare you for a rewarding career.

A major in supply chain management and logistics can a be rewarding and fulfilling choice for those looking to pursue a career in managing, analyzing and optimizing all aspects of the global supply chain. A logistics and supply chain management degree program may be a good fit for you if you possess the following skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Customer service skills

A supply chain and logistics management degree can be a very worthwhile choice for aspiring logisticians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, logisticians have a median annual wage of $77,030 as of May 2021.1

Projected job growth is also something to keep in mind when deciding on a career path. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for logisticians to increase by about 28% from 2021 to 2031, resulting in about 24,800 job openings per year over the decade.2

The logistics and supply chain management degree at GCU requires 120 total credits for completion. Classes are either eight or 12 weeks in length, depending on whether you decide to complete your supply chain management degree online or on campus.

Most jobs in logistics require a bachelor’s logistics degree. Some may choose to advance their career in supply chain and logistics by completing a master’s or doctoral degree. It may also be an option for those with a supply chain and logistics management degree to gain various certifications to advance their career, such as an Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification.3

1The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Logisticians as of May 2021. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Logisticians, retrieved on Jan. 19, 2023.

3 Retrieved from Research.com, Logistics Careers: 2023 Guide to Career Paths, Options & Salary, in January 2023

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
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Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]
Online: $485 per credit [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
72 credits
Open Elective Credits:
8-14 credits
Degree Requirements:
120 credits

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.

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • 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

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • 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

Requirements

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, cross-cultural 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.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

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 an emphasis of how marketing integrates within all aspects of business.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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 or ESG-374.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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 or ESG-374.

Course Description

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. Prerequisite: SCM-400.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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. Prerequisite: SCM-400.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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. Prerequisite: BUS-352, SCM-400, SCM-452.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course serves as the capstone experience in business and management, introducing students to functional, business, and corporate strategy from the perspective of a strategy analyst. Tools and techniques are applied to the student’s previous knowledge of accounting, finance, management, analytics, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship, and leadership acquired through their individual programs of study. Students integrate strategic analysis to demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of business domains. Prerequisites: MGT-420 or MGT-422HN; FIN-210 or FIN-350; and MKT-245 or MKT-315.

Program Locations

GCU Campus Student


Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student


Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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