Purchases of materials, supplies and equipment represent a large part of a business or industrial firm's total cost of operation. The purchasing function of supply management, because of its importance, is often designated as a separate responsibility to be handled by one or more individuals. Supply management practitioners are responsible for obtaining raw materials, goods and services at the lowest cost consistent with required quality. The majority of the nation's supply management 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 effective written communication for an intended audience that follows genre/disciplinary conventions that reflect clarity, organization, and editing skills.
  2. Oral Communication:  Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication for an intended audience that is clear, organized, and delivered effectively following the standard conventions of that language.
  3. Math/Financial. Apply general math skills to analyze general business operations.
  4. Business Fundamentals. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand basic theories, principles & practices, and terminology related to each functional area of business.
  5. Critical Thinking. Apply knowledge in the decision-making and problem-solving process.
  6. Diversity. Interpret and explain the importance of diversity in the global workplace.
  7. Ethics. Identify the foundations and importance of ethics and social responsibility, and how business integrates this into their ongoing operations.
  8. 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-2162 Introduction to Supply Management 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 1
Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I (Recommended for transfer)
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours15-16
Second Semester
ACCT-1311 Financial Accounting 3
ECON-2000 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BADM-1122 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
ACCT-1341 Managerial Accounting 3
BADM-2110 Production/Operations Management 3
ECON-2010 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MARK-2010 Principles of Marketing 3
PHIL-2060 Business Ethics 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
BADM-2120 Logistics Management 3
BADM-2151 Business Law 3
BADM-2181 Supply Management 3
BADM-2240 Negotiations 3
DEGR-XXXX: Business or Marketing Elective (Select from below list) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60-61

PHIL-2020 Ethics or PHIL-202H Honors Ethics will be accepted in place of PHIL-2060 Business Ethics


Must selective from the below courses to fulfill elective requirement

BADM-1070Introduction to Project Management3
BADM-1301Small Business Management3
BADM-2601Global Commerce and Communication3
MARK-1080Social Media Marketing3
MARK-2261Integrated Marketing Communications3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.