University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program



Operations & Supply Chain Management


Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management

In order to get your degree with a concentration in operations and supply chain management, you must fulfill the following requirements for a minimum of 20 units or five classes:

  • BUS 122: Linear Programming with Applications

    Investigates real-life decision problems that give rise to linear programs with special structures, network flow problems, integer programs and large-scale programs. Presents theory and algorithms of these models applied to various decision problems in management with use of computer packages.

  • BUS 124: Business Analytics

    Provides fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the emerging role of business analytics in organizations. Applies basic business analytics tools in a spreadsheet environment. Introduces market-leading techniques that help identify and manage key data from business processes. Provides the essential tools required for data mining and business process re-engineering.

  • BUS 125: Simulation for Business

    Introduces simlulation as a tool for analyzing complex systems. Analyzes and discusses the theory and practice of modeling through simulation. Topics include modeling uncertainty and collecting input data, Monte Carlo simulation techniques, model verification and validation, and senstivity analysis. Examines applications in finance, marketing, operations, and supply chain management

  • BUS 126: Practical Business Forecasting

    Teaches how forecasts are developed and utilized. Emphasizes common forecasting methods used in business and uses specific cases to illustrate these methods. Applications to business include forecasting sales, production, inventory, macroeconomic factors such as interest and exchange rates, and other aspects of both short- and long-term business planning.

  • BUS 127/STAT 127: Introduction to Quality Improvements

    Explores Deming’s 14 points for management, graphical methods, fishbone diagram, Pareto analysis, control charts for attributes and variables, cusum and moving average charts, process-capability, economic design, acceptance sampling, Taguchi method, parameter design, tolerance design, reliability, hazard rate, censoring and accelerated life testing.

  • BUS 128: Project Planning and Control

    Topics include differences between projects and production systems, breakdown structures of project organization and work, sequencing and budgeting, resource management, project evaluation and control and use of current project management software. Students apply this methodology to a real-world project.

  • BUS 129: Supply Chain Management

    Focuses on management of the distribution of goods and services from plants, ports and vendors to customers. Key topics include transportation, inventories, warehousing, materials handling, order processing, packaging, pricing, customer service standards and warehouse and retail location.

  • BUS 130: Supply Chain Modeling

    Covers the modeling and analysis of decision problems in supply chain management. Includes logistics network design, integration of supply chain operations, and supply and sourcing decisions. Utilizes the electronic spreadsheet as the principal device for building models, as well as addresses the concepts of effective spreadsheet design and use. 

  • BUS 173: Introduction to Databases for Management

    Covers physical and conceptual aspects of database management systems, including familiarity with the variety of database systems based on different data models. Examines the role of database systems in management information systems (MIS) and issues in database design for effective support of MIS. Requires the use of a database package.

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