The concentration in supply chain management and analytics gives students the skills to manage the manufacture and movement of products in the global environment and to understand the fundamentals of decision analytics. The curriculum is comprehensive in that supply chain management and analytics involve a range of issues from inventory management to risk management, as well as the indispensable role of information and technology in coordinating modern supply chains and analyzing data for the benefit of the organization.

Learning goals

The goal of the curriculum for the supply chain management and analytics concentration is to prepare students for careers in supply chain management, logistics, and analytics.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of global supply chains
  2. Describe strategies for managing supply chain uncertainty and risk
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of methodologies such as forecasting quality management and project management to effective supply chain management
  4. Describe the role of technology in the effective management of supply chains
  5. Describe the analytic and quantitative skills required of a decision analyst

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program54
ACCT   203
ACCT   204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
6
BUSN   201
BUSN   202
Foundations of Business I
and Foundations of Business II
6
BUSN   225Winning Presentations3
ECON   210Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON   211Principles of Macroeconomics3
INFO   160Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices1
INFO   161Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I1
INFO   162Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I1
INFO   165Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II1
SCMA   212Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business3
or MATH   200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II (with a minimum grade of C)3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C)3

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA   212 or MATH   200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA   171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO   160, INFO   161, INFO   162 and INFO   165 requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree..

PSYC   214 and INTL   493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

Degree requirements for Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in supply chain management and analytics

Business foundation

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy:3-4
Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business
Calculus with Analytic Geometry
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Business General Education requirements
BUSN   225Winning Presentations3
ECON   210Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON   211Principles of Macroeconomics3
INFO   160Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices1
INFO   161Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I1
INFO   162Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I1
INFO   165Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II1
Business General Education elective (Select credits from the approved list.)3
Total Hours16

Additional Business Foundation requirements

ACCT   203
ACCT   204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
6
BUSN   201
BUSN   202
Foundations of Business I
and Foundations of Business II
6
SCMA   302Business Statistics II3
Open electives8-11
Total Hours23-26

Advanced business program

Advanced business core
FIRE   311Financial Management3
MGMT   310Managing People in Organizations3
MGMT   434Strategic Management (capstone)3
MKTG   301Marketing Principles3
SCMA   301Business Statistics I3
SCMA   325Organizational Communication3
Major requirements
Advanced core (flexible by major)
INFO   360Business Information Systems3
MGMT   319Leadership3
SCMA   302Business Statistics II3
SCMA   320Production/Operations Management3
SCMA   323Legal Environment of Business3
Major-specific courses
MGMT   331Human Resource Management3
SCMA   350Introduction to Project Management3
SCMA   386Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
Select five approved supply chain management electives15
Total Hours57

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any AFAM, ANTH, ANTZ, ARTH, BIOL, BIOZ, CHEM, CHEZ, CRJS, DANC, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, FRSZ, GEOG, GEOZ, HIST, INNO, INSC, INTL (except INTL   493), MASC, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, PHYZ, POLI, PSYC (except PSYC   214), RELS, SOCS, SOCY, USRP or WRLD course
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
Food for Thought
The Truth About Lying
Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
Pseudoscience
What's the Big Idea?

Supply chain management and analytics electives

BUSN   400
BUSN   401
Principles of Consulting
and International Consulting Practicum (If this option is chosen, both must be taken.)
6
ECON   303Managerial Economics3
INFO   320Business Intelligence and Data Mining3
MGMT   389Managerial Skills Development3
MKTG   310Information for Marketing Decisions3
SCMA   339Quantitative Solutions for Management3
SCMA   439Introduction to Quality Management and Six Sigma3
SCMA   440Forecasting Methods and Process3
SCMA   493Internship in Supply Chain Management and Analytics3

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
INFO   160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO   162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
SCMA   171 Mathematical Applications for Business 3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Approved University Core Education Curriculum courses 6-8
 Term Hours: 14-16
Spring semester
BUSN   225 Winning Presentations 3
INFO   161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO   165 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II 1
SCMA   212
Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business
or Calculus with Analytic Geometry
3-4
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Approved University Core Education Curriculum course 3-4
 Term Hours: 14-16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
ACCT   203 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSN   201 Foundations of Business I 3
ECON   210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Business General Education elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ACCT   204 Introduction to Accounting II 3
BUSN   202 Foundations of Business II 3
ECON   211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKTG   301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA   301 Business Statistics I 3
Elective 0-3
 Term Hours: 15-18
Junior year
Fall semester
MGMT   310 Managing People in Organizations 3
SCMA   302 Business Statistics II 3
SCMA   320 Production/Operations Management 3
SCMA   323 Legal Environment of Business 3
SCMA   325 Organizational Communication 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
INFO   360 Business Information Systems 3
MGMT   319
Leadership
or Introduction to Intercultural Communication
3
SCMA   386 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
Approved supply chain management and analytics elective 3
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Senior year
Fall semester
FIRE   311 Financial Management 3
SCMA   350 Introduction to Project Management 3
Approved supply chain management and analytics electives 6
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
MGMT   331 Human Resource Management 3
MGMT   434 Strategic Management 3
Approved supply chain management and analytics electives 6
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 118-125

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

SCMA   171. Mathematical Applications for Business. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MATH   141 or satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Pre- or corequisite: INFO   162. Mathematics equivalency may be validated by a satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Formulation and solution of problems using a spreadsheet and algebra, mathematics of finance, matrices and introductory linear programming. Instruction will include spreadsheet use as a calculation and graphing tool.

SCMA   212. Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   171 or MATH   151 or satisfactory score on the VCU Mathematics Placement Test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course. Univariate and bivariate differential calculus and optimization of algebraic functions that model business phenomena. Students should take SCMA   212 immediately after completing SCMA   171. Students may not receive degree credit for both SCMA   212 and MATH   200.

SCMA   301. Business Statistics I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   212 or MATH   200. Statistical methods for collection, visualization and analysis of business and economic data from populations and processes. Statistical thinking, concepts of variability, sampling, descriptive measures, contingency tables, probability and introduction to regression, correlation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Students may receive credit toward graduation for only one of STAT   206, STAT   208, STAT   210, STAT   212, STAT 312 or SCMA   301.

SCMA   302. Business Statistics II. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   212 or MATH   200 and SCMA   301, STAT   210 or STAT   212. Statistical methods employed in the collection and analysis of business and economic data. Continuation of statistical inference for means and variable relationships using t-tests, analysis of variance, contingency tables, regression and correlation analysis with emphasis on problem formulation and interpretation of computational results.

SCMA   303. Introduction to Analytics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: INFO   162; SCMA   212 or MATH   200; and SCMA   301, STAT   212 or STAT   210. Descriptive analysis (Excel models and pivot tables, summary statistics, data visualization and regression analysis), predictive analysis (time series and forecasting) and prescriptive analysis (optimization models, decision trees and sensitivity analysis).

SCMA   320. Production/Operations Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   301, STAT   210 or STAT   212. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Discipline of management and the management process within the operations of an organization. Planning and controlling of operations through decision analysis, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management and quality management.

SCMA   323. Legal Environment of Business. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Basic legal concepts applicable to business, including the legal aspects of operating a business, contracts, employment relationships, sales, bailments and commercial paper, along with ethical considerations and social and political influences. Students may not receive degree credit for both SCMA   323 and MGMT/ACCT 481.

SCMA   325. Organizational Communication. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: BUSN   225 or the equivalent. This course is restricted to students majoring in the School of Business who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). A study of interpersonal, team and organizational communication practices in modern dynamic work and virtual environments. This course includes dealing with written business messages, report writing, job-search techniques, nonverbal communication, oral presentations and intercultural communication. The focus will include both theoretical constructs and skill development.

SCMA   329. Introduction to Intercultural Communication. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An introduction to the basic concepts, principles and skills for improving verbal and nonverbal communication with persons from different cultures. Using a cultural general approach, topics discussed include the concept of culture, barriers to intercultural communication, verbal communication process and nonverbal communication aspects. Appropriate for business and non-business majors.

SCMA   339. Quantitative Solutions for Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   301, STAT   210 or STAT   212. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Modeling business-related problems using quantitative techniques. Focus is on applications to problems in the service and manufacturing sectors. Typical problem situations involve management of inventory, scheduling of people and processes and allocation of scarce resources.

SCMA   350. Introduction to Project Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introductory exposure to and practice with the concepts of project management, the activities and skills of project managers, the prevalence of projects in organizations, and the value of project management skills for all managers. Students will employ project management terminology, participate in project work and engage in the appropriate technical and interpersonal processes for managing successful projects.

SCMA   386. Introduction to Supply Chain Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Introduction to supply chains with emphasis on management, e-commerce and globalization. Topics covered include achievement of strategic fit among members of the chain; managing information system requirements; managing economies of scale, role of cycle inventory, impact of aggregation on risk and inventory; determining the optimal level of product availability, coordination and performance measurement.

SCMA   427. Employment Law. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   323 or MGMT   331. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). A survey of legislation and court and administrative-body decisions affecting the employer/employee relationship.

SCMA   439. Introduction to Quality Management and Six Sigma. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   320. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). Critical concepts of process management from quality management and Six Sigma; service quality; systems thinking; process improvement strategy and methods; fact-based decision-making; collection and use of data in improvement projects; introduction to data analysis tools and techniques; statistical process control.

SCMA   440. Forecasting Methods and Process. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: SCMA   302 or STAT   314. This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing). An application-oriented presentation of forecasting process and forecasting methods to support planning and decision-making. Statistical forecasting methods are emphasized, including exponential smoothing, decomposition and regression. Also includes experience with computer software.

SCMA   491. Topics in Supply Chain Management and Analytics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. Students are restricted to a maximum total of 6 credits for all topics courses. Prerequisite: junior standing. An in-depth study of a selected business topic related to the disciplines in supply chain management and analytics, to be announced in advance.

SCMA   492. Independent Study in Supply Chain Management and Analytics. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Maximum total of 3 credits. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing as a major in a business curriculum and approval of adviser and department chair prior to course registration. Intensive study under supervision of a faculty member in an area not covered in depth or contained in the regular curriculum.

SCMA   493. Internship in Supply Chain Management and Analytics. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 credits. Prerequisites: senior standing in the major offering the internship and permission of the department chair. Intention to enroll must be indicated to the instructor prior to or during advance registration for semester of credit. Involves students in a meaningful experience in a setting appropriate to the major.