2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Operations Management (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Teresa Keys Hall, Department Head
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 116

Program Information

The Operations Management (OM) program has been designed to prepare students to manage operations and resources including people, equipment, facilities, finances, and processes. The OM program is an applied management program tailored to entry-level positions of responsibility in manufacturing, technical services companies, suppliers to manufacturers, and/or industrial sales.

There are two emphases for the OM program. The Manufacturing emphasis includes Lean, quality management systems, process development, workplace safety, supply chain management, and industrial controls. Students may elect to pursue an additional professional certification at graduation. The Electronics emphasis prepares students to work as supervisors or project team leaders in industries that manufacture, service, or develop electronic devices or distributed systems. Courses include circuits, digital & analog devices, networks, microcontrollers, PCBs, industrial controls, and PLCs.

Program Educational Outcomes

SDSU Operations Management graduates will become professionals who:

  1. Achieve positions of increasing responsibility or leadership with employers, professional organizations, or civic organizations as an indicator of professional competence, demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and successfully function in team environments (Professional Responsibility and Teamwork);
  2. Apply management, mathematics and science principles, and appropriate technology to the solution of current and future problems in the field of operations management, and (Problem Solving); and,
  3. Complete licensure, certification, short courses, workshops, or advanced degrees in technical, professional, or management subject areas to enhance their abilities in operations management practice and the global business environment (Professional Growth).

Student Learning Outcomes

Operations Management graduates will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  2. an ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure, or program to meet desired needs
  3. an ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgement to draw conclusions. (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem Solving)
  4. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  5. an ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. (Cross-curricular Skill: Ethical Reasoning)
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)
  7. An ability to understand the value of diverse perspectives in the workplace. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion & Equity)

Course Delivery Format

The program provides coursework on the Brookings campus in classroom, laboratory, and field based settings. The OM program has a dedicated computer and simulation lab for process analysis, CAD applications, and project development, and shares fabrication space in the AME Production Lab.

Requirements for Operations Management Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Operations Management

Total Required Credits: 120

Internship Program

Students are required to complete an industry—based internship prior to graduation via the course OM 494. The Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor must approve a formal work plan before registering for internship credits. Further information can be found in the department.

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 32 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 65 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 23 Credit Hours
Electives** 0 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.