Ivan F., Class of 2020, Military Veteran

Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA)
in Logistics and Supply
Chain Management

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The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree prepares you for career opportunities and advancement in business, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations. By successfully completing NU’s lower- and upper-division BBA requirements, you’ll comprehend the importance of and relationships between marketing, accounting, quantitative theory, economic principles, and the management of finances, personnel, and organizations.

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management specialization is designed for those interested in the growing number of professional roles in project management, materials management, warehouse management, and other positions in organizations that produce or ship goods locally or around the world. You’ll learn the skills necessary to produce and deliver orders on time and at a competitive cost by aligning a reliable chain of suppliers and distributors. Coursework will emphasize the expanding realm of e-commerce and its complex omnichannel distribution systems.

Admission Requirements

In preparation for your Bachelor of Business Administration studies, you’re required to complete the following courses or equivalents:

  • MNS 205 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods


  • MTH 215 – College Algebra and Trigonometry


  • MTH 220 – Calculus I
  • MTH 210 – Probability and Statistics
  • ECO 203 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 204 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • ACC 202 – Managerial Accounting Fundamentals
  • LAW 204 – Legal Aspects of Business I

Course Details

Required Courses

For the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, you must complete ten foundational courses and six specialization courses.

Foundational Course Listings

Course Name

Introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission and goals of organizations. Investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling. Covers issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change and innovations.

This course is the introduction to contemporary marketing theory and practice in both the local and global marketplace. Basic concepts of marketing are examined with an emphasis on marketing positioning, segmentation and targeting as well as product development and distribution.

Overview of Information Systems (IS) infrastructure and its utilization in today’s global business environment. The use of technological tools and the role of information systems will be discussed from the organizational strategic, tactical and operational view. Students learn how to choose and utilize information and knowledge to gain competitive advantage in the industry.

PrerequisiteACC 201

This course is a survey of the basic principles and concepts used in the financial management of a business enterprise addressed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Topics include money and capital markets, financial management of working capital, capital budgeting and fixed asset management, cost of capital, and short-term and long-term financing by means of debt and equity capital.

Exploration of values and ethics in businesses that operate locally and internationally. Moral philosophies, values, conflict of interests, discrimination, business cultures, and ethical standards are critically presented. Ethical leadership of people, technology and sustainability are used in the development and implementation of ethical business programs.

PrerequisiteMNS 205 and MTH 210

An introduction to the fundamentals of business analytics. Focuses on the management science approach for problem solving, the application of linear programming, the use of decision analysis techniques, as well as project management tools. It is practical and students gain advanced skills in Excel. This course is a prerequisite for MGT 451.

PrerequisiteMNS 407

A survey of the fundamental concepts of production and operations management. Use of quantitative methods for forecasting, resource allocation, capacity planning, inventory management, and quality assurance. Focus is on improving production efficiency while simultaneously enhancing effectiveness through better managerial decision. Concludes with management skills to align the organization with external suppliers and customers using Supply Chain Management. Students who have taken MGT 351 cannot take MGT 451.

PrerequisiteECO 203 and ECO 204

A study of the accelerating internationalization of all business, this course introduces upper-division undergraduate students to all facets of international business within three broad subject areas: (1) the economic framework of international business, (2) the operating frameworks of multinational corporations, and (3) a framework for global strategic management. It uses case studies to illustrate concepts and methods.

PrerequisiteMNS 205, or MTH 215, or MTH 220 and MTH 210; ECO 203; ECO 204; ACC 201; ACC 202; LAW 204; BIM 400; MGT 309; MGT 400; FIN 310; MNS 407; MKT 302A; IBU 430; MGT 451

Students apply the principal concepts and skills learned in each of their BBA program core courses to real-world business situations. Students’ ability to integrate this knowledge and to apply and articulate critical analysis to cases and other assignments are among the key objectives of this course. This is the first part of a two-part sequence. The focus of part A is on scanning and evaluating a current business situation for strategic planning.

PrerequisiteBUS 485A with a minimum grade of C. C is the minimum satisfactory grade to complete the first part of the capstone. Students need to have the business scanning complete in order to create business strategies for the next five years in the second part of the capstone.

Second part of the BBA capstone sequence. It builds on BUS 485A by focusing on 5-year strategies, as well as implementation, evaluation, and control of the strategic plan. Students also take the BBA program comprehensive exam in this class.

Specialization Courses

Course Name

An introduction to supply chain management, an essential discipline for competitiveness in the global marketplace. This course explores the eight key supply chain components, focusing on how demand management is used to balance consumer needs with supply chain capabilities. You’ll learn how advanced forecasting techniques and rapid product development can combine to create a responsive supply and competitive value to the consumer.

This course looks at how procurement of goods and their storage costs impacts a firm’s competitive advantage. Coursework will focus on reducing the cost of purchasing while increasing product quality through co-creation of value. You’ll evaluate the costs and benefits of holding inventory in the face of uncertain demand, competition, and product innovation, and you’ll learn lead-time reduction techniques to respond accordingly.

Transportation is among the more critical and increasingly complex functions within a business enterprise, especially in a globalized business environment. This course evaluates the various modes and principles of transportation, such as just-in-time delivery, transportation management systems, routing and scheduling, and automatic identification. You’ll examine the operation of distribution centers in an omnichannel distribution system, and the role they play in creating world-class customer service, from order fulfillment to returns.

This course explores strategies for selecting international suppliers and moving goods across national boundaries.You’ll analyze modes of entry, global storage and transportation alternatives, international contracts and terms, and logistics risk management to integrate and add value to the supply chain. Coursework enlists case studies and mathematical models to demonstrate the impact of international trade laws, culture, and distance and time factors on logistics decision-making.

An analysis of pre-transaction, transaction and post-transaction elements that influence cost, risk, customer satisfaction, and profitability. This course explores the application of blockchain technologies, Lean Six Sigma, lead-time reduction, and risk management and resilience to reduce costs, verify supply pedigree, and create responsive, reliable supply chains.

In this course, you’ll learn to analyze supply chain networks for strategic alternatives using both optimization and probabilistic models. Throughout the coursework, you’ll be modeling with spreadsheets, discrete event software, and system dynamics software. Options will be evaluated under real-world variability and unknowns to quantify operational and financial risks in your supply chain, markets, and competitors.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the academic outcomes for all Bachelor of Business Administration graduates, students completing the Logistics and Supply Chain Management specialization will learn to:

  • Employ logistics tools to optimize the flow of goods between global facilities
  • Appraise supply chain management business processes using cross-functional, inter-firm strategies
  • Analyze supply chain networks for efficient, effective, forward, and reverse flow of goods to meet customer service goals
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