Undergraduate Operations Management Major

 

Tech drives business. Which drives the world.

All systems go.

Business today turns on technology—production systems, manufacturing processes, inventory systems and process analysis. Become a skilled, solution-oriented expert in the operations management field. Through a blend of coursework and hands-on experience, you’ll learn to find more efficient ways to work and revolutionize the inner workings of your industry.


Operations Management Major Overview

Operations Management is about getting things done effectively and efficiently in organizations. Demands for business process re-engineering, better quality, better customer service, time-based competition and supply-chain management demonstrate that superior management of the operations function is vital in business today. Operations managers manage the production systems in manufacturing and services. All organizations have an operations function. Operations managers might work in managing manufacturing processes or managing the delivery of a service to a customer.

Topics include process analysis and improvement, quality control, production planning, inventory systems, managing manufacturing, supply-chain management and managing the delivery of services. Operations managers need good analytical and problem-solving skills and knowledge of computers.

 

Operations Management Advising

Every Eller student has an assigned advisor to help with the academic and career questions that come up as you study here. Get to know the Operations Management advisor. 

Meet Julio Peña, the Operations Management Advisor

Department of Management Information Systems

The Operations Management major falls within the MIS Department, which is a source of pride and academic achievement at Eller. Here, students shape the future of information technology and operations management by studying the critical intersections of business and technology.

Explore the Department of MIS 


Operations Management Sample Coursework Plan

How your Eller Operations Management experience can play out:

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but you’ll also have to plan for your second language requirement and at least one class focused on gender, race, ethnicity or non-Western area studies. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog. We also strongly recommend meeting with your academic advisor to create a plan specifically for you.

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
3-7

Total

13-17    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language 
BNAD 100 Language and Context of Business  
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3-7
1

Total

13-17

Summer

Use summer to catch up on math if behind in sequencing based on placement results prior to freshman year.

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ACCT 200* Introduction to Financial Accounting  
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues  
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education
BNAD 200 Career Management in Business  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
1

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting  
BNAD 277* Analytical Methods for Business 
BCOM 214* Fundamentals of Business Communication  
Tier I General Education  
Tier II General Education or Ethics**  
   
Attend Career Showcase and apply for Professional Admissions in February, and attend UA Spring Career Days

3
4
3
3
3

Total

16

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

In order to take the following upper-division courses, students must be admitted to the major through a competitive and selective Professional Admission process.  

Junior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 310A Organization Behavior and Management  
MKTG 361 Introduction to Marketing  
BCOM 314R† Business Communication  
FIN 311 Introduction to Finance 
300 or 400-level Minor or Electives
 

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ECON 300 Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions
MIS 373 Basic Operations Management  
MIS 304 Using and Managing Information Systems  
Tier II General Education
Tier II General Education
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

Summer
Use summer to gain career-related experience through internships, study abroad, or volunteering.

Senior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 402 Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management  
ECON 330 Macroeconomic and Global Institutions and Policy  
ENTR 485 Innovating: Creating the Future  
MIS 473A Production and Operations Management 
OPER Major Elective Course 

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 
Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

MIS 473B Production and Operations Management 
OPER Major Elective Course 
OPER Major Elective Course
Minor, Electives, or remaining General Education requirements

Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days, and Graduation in May

3
3
3
3-6

Total

12-15

Summer
Enjoy your summer and continue the job search if necessary!

Students can meet the Second Language requirement by demonstrating second semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of second semester language courses. Additionally, one course in the student's degree program must focus on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Non-Western Area Studies. Some General Education classes are designed to fulfill this requirement. Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take BNAD 100 and BNAD 200 to develop their professional knowledge and competencies required for success in the upper division. Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

* Eller Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Professional Admission into the Professional Program. Professional Admission is required in order to take all 300 & 400-level Professional Core and Major Courses.

** Business Emphasis Area: Students are required to take one Ethics course. This course must be completed prior to graduation; it does not need to be completed before applying for Professional Admission.

† Students must pass the BCOM 214 or BCOM 314R writing assessment for graduation, otherwise BCOM 315 (2 units) must be completed in addition to the above coursework.


Operations Management Cohort Schedules

View Operations Management major cohort schedules by semester:

Operations Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8-9:15

 

BCOM 314R*

 

BCOM 314R*

9:30-10:45

 

BCOM 314R*

 

BCOM 314R*

11-12:15

MGMT 310A

FIN 311

MGMT 310A

FIN 311

12:30-1:45

MKTG 361

 

MKTG 361

 

Operations Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11-12:15

 

FIN 311

 

FIN 311

2-3:15

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

3:30-4:45

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

 

Operations Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 - 9:15  

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

9:30 - 10:45  

MIS 304

 

MIS 304

11:00 - 12:15  

ECON 300

 

ECON 300

Operations Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11:00 - 12:15  

ECON 300

 

ECON 300

2:00-3:15  

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

3:30 - 4:45  

MIS 304

 

MIS 304

 

Operations Management A Cohort 

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15

 

MIS 473A

 

MIS 473A

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402

 

MGMT 402 

Operations Management B Cohort 

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15

 

MIS 473A

 

MIS 473A

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402

 

MGMT 402 


Operations Management Elective Course Options

This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of healthcare information systems. Topics include: 1. introduction to the health IT discipline; 2. major applications and commercial vendors; 3. decision support methods and technologies; 4. information systems design and engineering; and 5. new opportunities and emerging trends.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Broad survey of the individual, organizational, cultural, social and ethical issues provoked by current and projected uses of networked computers on the Internet.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

This course exposes the student to a broad range of computer systems and information security topics.  It is designed to provide a general knowledge of measures to insure confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information systems.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The objective of this course is to provide our University of Arizona students with a thorough and operational knowledge of information security so that this critical area is recognized as a management issue and not an I.T. issue.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The information security arena contains a broad array of multi-level models for assessing, planning, implementing and monitoring the mitigation of security risks. At the very core of this information security spectrum are the actual system and network devices which store, manage, transmit and secure information.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems represents integrated strategy for management of information among organizations, suppliers and customers.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

With the increased challenges from terrorism, the need to protect against security threats is even greater today. Thus, it is becoming increasingly necessary to find innovative and better ways to protect ourselves from these security threats. Finding less invasive techniques of detection suggests analyzing people's behavior or the ways/patterns in which they talk/write and identify cues to detect deception and the intent of deception.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring (when offered)

This undergraduate senior-level course (elective) will cover the important concepts and techniques relating to data analytics, including: statistical foundation, data mining methods, data visualization, and web mining techniques that are applicable to emerging e-commerce, government, health and security applications. The course contains lectures, readings, lab sessions, and hands-on projects. Most business school seniors are welcome. The course will require some basic computing and database background. The course will prepare students to become a data scientist or a data-savvy manager for different businesses.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Operational aspect of quality improvement. Topics include statistical process control, quality management programs.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Organization, management and control of material flow processes; logistical strategies and relationships of procurement, handling, warehousing, transportation and inventory control.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Project Management is the application of knowledge, analytical skills, scheduling software tools and techniques related to various project activities in order to meet project requirements.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports and/or papers.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring (not offered regularly)

An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.

This course can only be used for 3 units of MIS elective, despite being 2 semesters and 6 honors units.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

View all Undergraduate Operations Management and MIS Courses


Operations Management Major Career Resources

Operations Management Careers

Your Operations Management degree translates to in-demand careers in business analysis, project management, materials management, operations analysis and production planning and scheduling. 

View Operations Management Career Possibilities 

Meet the Operations Management Career Coach

Eller students have a world of options in front of them—which is why a dedicated career coach is so valuable. Get professional coaching on internship and job opportunities awaiting you.

Meet Amanda Lopez, the Operations Management Career Coach