Undergraduate Specialization

The Center offers a specialization in supply chain management to all undergraduate students enrolled in the Wisconsin School of Business. Students are required to complete a series of six courses to add the specialization to their current business major, providing a marketable differentiator.

Students enrolled in the specialization have the opportunity to participate in applied learning activities including guest lectures in courses, global trips, hands-on seminars, case competitions, and site visits. In addition to applied learning opportunities, the specialization coordinates social events which promote network-building and create a support group for students while they navigate their undergraduate education. Currently, the undergraduate specialization has 106 declared students, and is still growing.

The specialization is supported by an Undergraduate Board of Directors who help provide guidance and support for the program. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors consists of Rachel Haas (BBA ’18), Rena Huang (BBA ’17), Jake Kiser (BBA ’18), Emily Strack (BBA ’17), and Stephanie Volesky (BBA ’17).

Required Courses

  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Marketing Channels
  • Enterprise Systems in Resource Management
  • Creating Breakthrough New Products or Service Operations Management or Operations Analytics

BBA Fall 2016 Applied Learning Summary

by Jake Kiser

The Center offers many applied learning experiences for undergraduates pursuing the supply chain specialization. The fall semester included four applied learning events: visits to Thermo Fisher Scientific and Camp Randall, an Excel learning opportunity, and a lunch and learn with APICS. Early on in the semester the students had the opportunity to attend a Microsoft Excel class put on by the DoIT Tech Store staff to gain a deeper understanding of pivot table functionality. Later in the semester, students attended a tour of Camp Randall focused on operations management. Students were able to learn about the logistics of handling thousands of people as well as the unique engineering behind Camp Randall’s construction. As the semester rolled through midterms, undergraduate and MBA students attended a lunch and learn put on by APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management. Students learned about APICS’ presence in industry as well as their numerous certification opportunities. Finally, as the semester came to a close students attended a site tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific just outside of Madison. As a premier manufacturer of high-end scientific equipment, students were able to learn the ins and out of international supplier negotiation.

BBA Fall 2016 Social Event Summary

by Emily Strack

Last fall, the undergraduate students in the supply chain management specialization continued to grow in community through various social events. These events are designed to help students get to know other undergraduates who share the passion for supply chain management and foster lasting friendships through fun activities. Opportunities to socialize vary each semester and serve as popular ways to promote student engagement. A few of the highlights included testing out some of Madison’s finest cheese curds at local restaurants on State Street, playing trivia over pizza, enjoying breakfast together before class, and networking with professors and MBA students at the Winter Reception. Plans for this semester include socializing with MBAs over ice cream, de-stressing with dogs, and exploring more of Madison’s cheese curd venues. Students look forward to more opportunities to spend time with their fellow supply chain colleagues!