Purchases of materials, supplies and equipment represent a large part of a business or industrial firm's total cost of operation. Purchasing, because of its importance, is often designated as a separate responsibility to be handled by one or more individuals. Purchasing agents and their assistants are responsible for obtaining raw materials, goods and services at the lowest cost consistent with required quality. The majority of the nation's purchasing personnel are employed in service and manufacturing firms. Many also work in government agencies, public utilities, schools and hospitals.

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communication. Demonstrate competency in communicating effectively both independently and in teams, using oral, written, or non-verbal techniques, to include the use of technology, in the gathering and presentation of information.
  2. Math/Financial. Apply general math skills to analyze general business operations.
  3. Business Fundamentals. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand basic theories, principles & practices, and terminology related to each functional area of business.
  4. Critical Thinking. Apply knowledge in the decision-making and problem-solving process.
  5. Diversity. Interpret and explain the importance of diversity in the global workplace.
  6. Ethics. Identify the foundations and importance of ethics and social responsibility, and how business integrates this into their ongoing operations.
  7. Purchasing & Supply Chain. Gain a basic knowledge of the concepts, processes and practices within the purchasing & supply chain function.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
BADM-2160 Introduction to Purchasing 3
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ACCT-1310 Financial Accounting 4
ECON-2620 Principles of Microeconomics 4
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communication  
Honors Business Communications  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
ACCT-1340 Managerial Accounting 4
BADM-2110 Production/Operation Management 3
ECON-2610 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
MARK-2010 Principles of Marketing 3
DEGR-xxxx General Elective 1-3
 Credit Hours15-17
Fourth Semester
BADM-2120 Logistics Management 3
BADM-2150 Business Law 4
BADM-2180 Purchasing Management 3
BADM-2240 Negotiations 3
PHIL-2060 Business Ethics 2 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60-62