Supply Chain & Information Systems

Information on the Supply Chain & Information Systems Major offered by the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) is a boundary-spanning field of supply chain networks, which organizations use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world.

The SC&IS major at Smeal helps students to develop excellent knowledge and skills in three critically important areas:

  • Core flow functions, which include buy, make, deliver, and return
  • The role of information systems as the critical enabler for integrating supply chains
  • The cross-functional planning perspectives that span core functions, customer relationships, post-sales support, and new product design and launches

SC&IS emphasizes real world content and exposure to best practices from internships, case studies, visiting business leaders, industry partnerships, company-sponsored research projects, study abroad opportunities, and professional development workshops.

Top Ranked:
The SC&IS Program is ranked No. 3 according to Gartner, Inc., a technology research firm that ranks the top 25 supply chain universities in the country.

Careers in Supply Chain & Information Systems

A supply chain encompasses business functions and enterprises interconnected by resource flows of goods, services, information, and funds. Supply chain management spans these interconnected networks to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services in our global economy.

The SC&IS Department at Smeal provides a dedicated job placement services office for students. Companies recruiting majors represent both the services sector (consulting, retail, and health care industries) and the manufacturing sector (especially computer, aerospace, pharmaceutical, electronics, petrochemical, auto, food, and consumer products industries).

SC&IS Degree Requirements and Sample Schedules

Information Systems Management Minor: The ISM Minor focuses on technology-supported techniques for exploring, analyzing, integrating, and reporting business data to facilitate fact-based decisions. Coursework enables studies to understand how to align IT-supported analytics with business strategy.