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Darla Moore School of Business

  • Operations and Supply Chain No. 5 undergraduate supply chain program in North America

B.S. Degree

Operations and supply chain explores the analytical use of information in business management.

The operations and supply chain major:

  • Provides competencies to systematically analyze and improve business processes in manufacturing, services, health care and their supply chains
  • Offers a STEM degree that prepares graduates for industry-validated professional certifications such as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and APICS CPIM.

This major is a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy analyzing business problems and finding creative and
    practical solutions.
  • Enjoy learning through real-life, hands-on experiences.
  • Are an analytical and logical thinker who enjoys working in diverse teams.

Why should you enroll?

  • Operations and supply chain majors find careers in global manufacturing firms in production/operations, sourcing, quality control, distribution logistics and supply chain management; in service firms for general operations management and logistics/supply chain management; and in consulting firms as supply chain and business process improvement consultants.
  • STEM graduates often receive higher salaries than non-STEM graduates.
  • Graduates skilled in operations and supply chain analysis and problem-solving are in high demand in all sectors of the economy.
  • The Moore School’s Operations and Supply Chain program is ranked No. 5 in the nation by Gartner.

Program Brochure


Degree Requirements: 122 hours

Major Requirements: 61 hours

Operations and Supply Chain:
Required course (three hours)

Choose nine hours from the list below

*Consult with your academic adviser or department on courses recommended for individual majors. The analytics concentration must be taken in conjunction with another track in your major. The department may add additional electives to the data analytics concentration subject to the approval of the Data Analytics Committee.

All majors are required to take Carolina Core classes to develop problem-solving skills and explore world cultures, history, languages and art. Business students also complete the Business Core Curriculum, which covers the basics for success in advanced business courses. Courses common to all programs include business communications, statistics, international business, accounting, economics, computer applications and business law.

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1. CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 hours)

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 hours)

SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy

  • Two approved Carolina Core Scientific Literacy courses including one laboratory course
  • GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-8 hours)

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so much satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking

Any approved Carolina Core History course
GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Social Science course
AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding course
CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Speech course
INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 hours)

This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components
VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility course. This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.
Other Required General Education Courses for the Darla Moore School of Business (3-10 hours)

Additional DMSB general education courses may be required if student exempts the foreign language requirement and/or the student chooses coursework which can fulfill both stand-alone and overlay requirements of Carolina Core components (up to 10 hours).

Those credit hours must be replaced with elective credits (minimum of 6 credits). A third elective is required to reach graduation hours, and students are strongly encouraged to take a business section of UNIV 101 to fulfill this elective (3 credits).

The program also requires nine hours of course work with international content that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Darla Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the three credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining six-hour requirement:


Two language courses at the 200 level or above


Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Moore School of Business from a list available in the undergraduate office.

All Moore School students will take communications courses as part of the general education requirements.

Directed course work may be selected from a university-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the approved course work requirement. The proposed alternative program of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Executive Committee in coordination with the Undergraduate Division. All minor courses or courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of the concepts and tools needed for the design, management and improvement of operations and business processes in individual organizations
  • To gain an understanding of global sourcing strategies
  • To gain an understanding of various supply chain management strategies and techniques
  • To manage and improve operational processes
  • To gain experience applying operations and supply chain knowledge and skills to real world organizations 

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