Prepare for a leadership role in the manufacturing and services industry with an operations and supply chain management bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Work with local businesses; participate in competitions; study abroad; and strengthen your communication, teamwork, project management, financial literacy and troubleshooting skills. Through unique, real-world projects, our expert faculty will challenge you to critically evaluate alternative process designs as well as identify the purpose of each element of the production planning hierarchy.
Accredited by AACSB, the operations and supply chain management major will prepare you to immediately enter the field upon graduation. Graduates are required to pass one of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) examinations. This achievement proves your knowledge of — and competency within — operations and supply chain management practices and demonstrates your ability to do your job well.
Because of the program's strong reputation and history of producing successful grads, a number of local organizations look to hire UW-Eau Claire grads — both for internships and professional jobs.
Relevant student organizations. Build out your resume by joining the University's Association for Operations Management (APICS) student org! Interact with professionals in the field, lead fellow students as a board member and participate in regional and national competitions, like the Head of the Class Competition and the Great Lakes District Case Competition. Many students credit this club in playing a critical role in helping them find a job upon graduation.
Exceptional career preparation. In order to graduate, operations and supply chain management majors are required to pass one of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) examinations. This ensures you are ready to hit the ground running and immediately excel in your chosen career.
Internship opportunities. Management students are highly encouraged to participate in internships — some of which even count for credit. These experiences not only help you find mentors and future employers, but they also provide you with professional experience. Through internships, operations and supply chain management students have assisted in things like developing inventory control standards; coordinating the timely delivery of finished products to shipping lines; documenting changes in software, systems or procedures; and adjusting staffing in response to fluctuating throughput requirements.
Class variety led by faculty who care. UW-Eau Claire's operations and supply chain management degree is proudly taught by faculty who care about their students and understand what it takes to be successful in this field. Explore a wide range of topics to build your foundation of business principles, including business writing, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, accounting, production planning and control and lean manufacturing systems and concepts.
Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Client Communication and Management Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Operations and supply chain management program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.
Additional management majors
- The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
- Collegiate DECA
Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.
The manufacturing and services industry is booming — and graduates are in demand. Because of this exceptional growth, many alum experience job security, good pay and opportunities for promotion in their chosen organization.
Where are operations and supply chain management alumni now?
- Manufacturing planner, Lockheed Martin, Florida
- Vice president of operations, Nestle Health Science, Minnesota
- Slingshot operations manager, Polaris, Alabama
- Plant manager, Stepan, California
- Supply chain analyst, 3M, Minnesota
- COO, Mountain Leverage, Minnesota
Operations and supply chain management careers
- Purchasing agent
- Operations manager
- Logistics analyst
- Inventory analyst
- Supply chain analyst
UWEC has allowed me to graduate summa cum laude at the age of 20 while engaging in countless value-adding extracurricular activities. I have competed in seven Case competitions, held board positions for two campus organizations, completed an internship, worked as a Student Building Manager, accepted a job before graduation, received a major professional certification and volunteered in the Eau Claire community.
The operations and supply chain management program prepares students for success through a curriculum that includes a strong liberal education core and major-specific coursework in business, production and service operations management. A required professional development program will also cover topics in career planning, professional image, interviewing, etiquette and networking.
What classes do operations and supply chain management majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Success in business
- Lean manufacturing systems and concepts
- Master planning of resources
- Process simulation and analysis
- Production planning and control
- Supply chain management
- Project management
Learn more about the comprehensive operations and supply chain management major in the UWEC course catalog.
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