Professors: P. R. Murphy, Jr., C. A. Watts; Associate Professors: M. P. Lynn (Chair), B. Z. Hull

The Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics is dedicated to educating and serving its students, the University, and the community through quality teaching, significant research, and appropriate community involvement. The primary goals of the business logistics faculty are to achieve national recognition, and to provide students, the University, and the business community with comprehensive, up-to-date information about business logistics theory and practice. Methods of achieving these goals include, but are not limited to, excellent teaching, quality research (both academic and practitioner), student internships, and faculty involvement in logistics-related organizations.

Business logistics is the management of the flow of goods and information from sources of acquisition to ultimate consumption. Business logistics involves transportation, warehousing, channel management, inventory control, order processing, and customer satisfaction. While accounting for 20-25 percent of the cost of doing business in many firms, only recently has business logistics become a separate area of study.

The field is extensive, and many business organizations are potential employers. There is a shortage of college graduates to fill available entry-level positions, and these opportunities are expected to grow because of the increasing emphasis on the efficient movement of goods and information. Entry-level positions are available to graduates in such areas as logistics analysis, transportation, warehousing operations, consulting, third-party logistics, and customer service. Summer and part-time work is usually available. These opportunities provide the student with valuable practical experience in logistics.


Major in Business Logistics: A total of 60-63 credit hours as described below.Business Core: 39-42 credit hours, including MN 461.

Major Courses: 21 credit hours. MK 308 or BI 341, or equivalent course approved by the logistics faculty; four courses from LG 328, LG 350, LG 361, LG 405, LG 440; one course chosen from MK 302 or BI 383; one course chosen from MK 402 or BI 371.

328. BUSINESS LOGISTICS 3 cr. Prerequisites: EC 201-202 or permission of instructor. Analysis of business logistics functions such as transportation, warehousing, inventory management, ordering, and customer satisfaction, with emphasis on interactions between these functions. Focus on problem solving with analytic tools.

350. FUNDAMENTALS OF TRANSPORTATION 3 cr. Prerequisites: EC 201-202 or permission of instructor. Contemporary analysis of transportation systems, including regulatory issues, carrier management, for-hire and private transportation. Covers characteristics of traditional and emerging modes of transportation.

361. GLOBAL LOGISTICS 3 cr. Prerequisite: LG 328. Principles and practices of logistical management in a global environment. Emphasis on the regulatory, technological, social, business, and political issues that might impact transnational supply-chain efficiency.

405. CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT 3 cr. Prerequisite: LG 328 or as announced. Contemporary topics in logistics management not covered in depth in other business logistics courses. Specific topic, method of presentation, and student requirement will be designated by the seminar leader.

440. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 3 cr. Prerequisites: LG 328 and BI 200. The design and implementation of supply chains to maximize their efficiency. Focus on the analysis and design activities of the supply chain development process and introduction to system implementation and maintenance issues.

498. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisites: 3.0 average in business logistics; permission of chair and faculty member. Research project supervised by a full-time faculty member of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics willing to act as advisor. The student selects an aspect of supply chain management, establishes goals, and develops a plan of study. The plan must be approved by the chair and filed with the dean’s office. Consult the chair for the departmental guidelines established for such study.