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Learn to Make Strategic, Data-Driven Decisions

Undergraduate Operations Management Program

Help Businesses Run Smoothly

How much product should we make, and when? How many employees do we need? How do we effectively and efficiently deliver products or services? Companies in every industry struggle to answer these fundamental questions and rely on operations management experts to provide strategic recommendations.

In this degree program, you’ll take core business courses, as well as specialized Operations and Supply Chain Management courses. Learn to analyze and improve all types of processes, and how to leverage statistics and technology to make informed operational decisions. You’ll also work one-on-one with a faculty advisor—an experienced operations professional—who will guide and support your studies. When you earn a Business Administration degree with an Operations Management concentration, you prepare to help organizations of all types run more efficiently and profitably.

Program Overview

  • Courses
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • Courses

    As an undergraduate Operations Management major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. 

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    OPMT 320 Decision Analysis
    OPMT 330 Quality Management
    OPMT 340 Process Analysis & Improvement
    OPMT 350 Supply Chain Management
    OPMT 480 Operations Strategy with Integrative Project

    You must also take ONE of these courses:

    MGMT 384 Project Management
    OPMT 360 Service Operations Management

    Allied Courses

    CISC 200 Intro to Computer Technology and Business Applications
    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take ONE of these classes:

    COJO 100 Public Speaking
    COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace
    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ENGL 211 or above

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Courses

    As an undergraduate Operations Management major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. 

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    OPMT 320 Decision Analysis
    OPMT 330 Quality Management
    OPMT 340 Process Analysis & Improvement
    OPMT 350 Supply Chain Management
    OPMT 480 Operations Strategy with Integrative Project

    You must also take ONE of these courses:

    MGMT 384 Project Management
    OPMT 360 Service Operations Management

    Allied Courses

    CISC 200 Intro to Computer Technology and Business Applications
    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take ONE of these classes:

    COJO 100 Public Speaking
    COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace
    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ENGL 211 or above

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job hunting skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and UST connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
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    Career Opportunities

    Operations Management majors often work in these roles:

    • Material Ordering Analyst
    • Supply Chain Analyst
    • Production Supervisor
    • Systems Analyst
    • Risk Manager
    • Demand Forecast Analyst
    • Project Manager
    • Global Supply Chain Planner
    • Inventory Analyst

    Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Learn about our outstanding faculty members, who have a wealth of academic and professional experience. Read detailed course descriptions.