Industrial Distribution and Logistics, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Industrial Distribution & Logistics

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120

Program Overview

The online Industrial Distribution & Logistics, BMS concentration provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop successful careers managing supply chain and logistics. You will develop critical thinking skills with an emphasis on strategic alliances, analytics, and ethics within and among organizations in order to deliver value for customers in a sustainable manner.

Students with an area of concentration in Industrial Distribution and Logistics may find careers in:

• Commercial Business

• Government

• Non-Profit

• Logistics Management

• Global Sourcing

• Project Management

• Industrial Procurement

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor’s programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. 

The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelor’s degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit online undergraduate application for admission.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MKT 3200Business Communications3
This course develops business communication skills such as selecting and using appropriate technologies for reaching intended audiences. Students will practice effective explanatory, narrative, persuasive, and investigative writing in the context of business communication. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ENGL 1160 and CMST 1110, each with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better; 2.5 GPA.
MGMT 3490Management3
In this course, students will develop a clear understanding of management concepts, develop critical thinking skills in applying management concepts to real world problems and begin to develop the technical, interpersonal, communication, conceptual and decision-making skills that are important to success as a manager in modern organizations. Current management trends are emphasized. Prerequisites: ENGL 1160 and MGMT 3200 or MKT 3200 each with a "C"(2.0) or above, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
SCMT 3410Sustainable Supply Chain Management3
Sustainable supply chain management is the design and management of business processes within and across organizational boundaries to meet the needs of the end customer. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of present day issues and policies related to establishing a sustainable, competitive advantage through efficient use of resources and collaboration with external business partners. Students will develop critical thinking skills focused on business process analysis and the use of key performance indicators. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore standing; GPA of 2.5 or better; or by permission of instructor.
SCMT 4350Global Sourcing and Innovation3
This course will focus on global suppliers as partners in the development and commercialization of new products. Students will learn about open innovation and the integration of internal and external business systems focused on new product innovation. Students will develop an understanding of regulatory policies related to information sharing and the intellectual property rights of buyers and suppliers. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SCMT 3410; GPA of 2.5 or better; or by permission of instructor.
SCMT 4380Industrial Purchasing and Logistics Management3
This course will focus on the strategic procurement of products and services in order to gain a competitive advantage through integrated supply management. Students will learn about strategic supply management, contract negotiation, and supplier quality management. Students will develop an understanding of supplier performance management through the use of supply chain information systems. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SCMT 3410; GPA of 2.5 or better; or by permission of instructor.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCT 2000Accounting Basics for Non-Business Majors3
This course is designed to provide non-business students with an understanding of basic accounting terms and concepts, an understanding of the usefulness of accounting data for decision-making by internal and external business stakeholders, and the skills to actually use accounting data in decision-making. Prerequisites: ENGL 1150 and MATH 1310 or MATH 1220 with 'C-'(2.0) or better.
ACCT 3000Managerial Accounting for Supply Chain Management3
This course highlights the important role of a managerial accountant in managing a global supply chain and covers the key accounting techniques for supply chain management. Prerequisites: ACCT 2020 with a grade of C (2.0) or better or ACCT 2000 with a grade of C (2.0) or better and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. ENGL 1160 with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1160.
AVN 3700Transportation Analysis3
This course is an extension of introductory financial courses; special emphasis on service characteristics of air carriers. Review of airline revenue and expense streams, pricing and fares, fiscal market segmentation, and fleet planning. Focused approach to understanding the monetary forces that underlie the business practices of domestic and international passenger and cargo airlines. Prerequisites: ECON1200 or higher and junior standing
BSAD 2130Principles of Business Statistics3
An accelerated course covering statistical methods used in business analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical and tabular methods of data presentation, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing of means and proportions for single and multiple populations, and regression analysis. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Math 1360 or MATH 1370 or Math 1930 with a 'C'(2.0) or better and at least a 2.3 GPA.
SCMT/BSAD 3500Operations Management3
The course is designed to introduce students to strategic, tactical, and control decisions in manufacturing and service operations. Students will learn how operations integrate all other business processes for competitive advantage. It covers current applications of quality concepts, business process reengineering, supply-chain management, lean systems, and ERP systems for business operations efficiency and effectiveness. Prereq: BSAD 2130 or BSAD 3160 with 'C' (2.0) or better and 2.5 GPA.
CMST 2010Interpersonal Communication3
This course is an introduction to the study of interpersonal communication. Within this course, students will be introduced to the theories, research, and concepts relevant to interpersonal communication and will be given opportunities to develop and enhance their own communication skills.
CMST 2410Small Group Communication and Leadership3
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of communication and leadership within small group settings. This course will provide students with broad knowledge about small group communication processes.
CMST 4170Organizational Communication3
This course will help students understand organizational communication theories, models, and processes; apply these principles in organizational communication speaking exercises; and learn management and leadership skills. Prerequisites: Junior standing; and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.
CMST 4530Intercultural Communications-US3
This course will provide a foundation that leads to Intercultural Communication competence. Specifically, this course is to introduce the concepts of cross-cultural communication. Theory and research are integrated with application and necessary skills are identified and developed. Prerequisites: Junior standing; and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.
ECON 1200An Introduction to the U.S. Economy3
An introduction to U.S. economy and an investigation of U.S. and international economic problems and policies. Prerequisites: Not available to students who have completed either ECON 2200 or 2220.
ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)3
An introduction to economic principles, decision making and policies affecting product and resource markets. Particular emphasis is on price, output and input decisions by individuals and firms under various market conditions. An introduction to the fundamentals of international trade. Prerequisites: ENGL 1150 and MATH 1310 or MATH 1220 with 'C-' (1.67) or better, or permission of CBA advisor
ISQA 4160Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning3
Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is designed to expose students to the primary enterprise application that forms the information systems (IS) infrastructure for most large organizations today. The primary purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the enterprise wide, cross functional nature of ERP software. In the process of learning about ERPs, the students develop "hands on" experience with the largest and most well-known ERP application, SAP. Prerequisites: CIST 2100 or equivalent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.
MGMT 4450Managerial Negotiation Strategies3
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of negotiation. The ability to negotiate successfully rests on a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. In this course we will develop a set of conceptual frameworks that should help students better analyze negotiations in general and prepare more effectively for future negotiations in which they may be involved. This course is designed to help students better understand the theories, processes, and practices of negotiation, as well as conflict resolution and relationship management so that students can be more effective negotiators in a wide variety of situations. Prerequisites: MGMT 3490 with a grade of C+ or above, at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5, or permission of instructor.
MKT 3310Principles of Marketing3
An examination of marketing functions and the institutions which perform them, choice of criteria for marketing strategy decisions, marketing structural relationships, and the role of marketing in society. Prerequisites: ECON 2200, MATH 1310 or MATH 1220, ENGL 1160, and MGMT 3200 or MKT 3200 all with 'C'(2.0) or better, and 2.5 GPA.
MKT 3340Channels of Distribution3
Channels management focuses on the associations of businesses and the performance of required functions making products and services available to end users when and where buyers demand them. Attention is paid to how intermediaries (e.g. wholesalers and retailers) interact and organize an efficient system to ensure that products and services are available in proper quantities and on time for consumers. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MKT 3310 with 'C+' or better; and GPA of 2.5 or better; or permission of instructor.
MKT 3610Business to Business Marketing3
This course examines the decisions involved in marketing goods and services to the industrial buyer as opposed to the consumer buyer. Buyer motivation, promotion decisions, channel decisions, product development and pricing policies involved in the marketing of industrial goods are considered. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MKT 3310 with 'C+' or better; 2.5 GPA or better; or permission of instructor
PSYC 4630Organizational Psychology3
This is a survey course which will cover the major concepts, theories and empirical research related to organizational psychology. Specific topics will include: work motivation, leadership, decision making and job satisfaction as well as more recent trends such as cultural diversity, work teams, work-family and quality issues. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSYC 1010.
PSYC 4640Personnel Psychology3
A survey of psychological principles, theories and research related to personnel issues. Course includes discussion of personnel selection, performance appraisal, recruitment, training and health and safety. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSYC 1010.
SCMT 2000Survey of Supply Chain Management3
The principles and methods involved in supply chain management with emphasis on creating customer value. This course makes extensive use of company tours, plant visits and industry professionals to introduce students to the global dimensions of supply chain management and related disciplines such as IT, HR management, marketing, transportation, logistics, operations management, project management and production scheduling. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore standing and 2.33 GPA.
MKT/MGMT/SCMT 4540Supply Chain Management Internship3
Students engage in part-time employment in supply chain management to gain relevant business experience and to practice the skills and concepts learned in the classroom. Work assignment must encompass duties related to the field of supply chain management (i.e., purchasing, scheduling, supplier relations, materials management, or logistics). Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SCMT 3410, GPA of 2.5 or better, AND permission of instructor.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Steven Schulz, Ph. D.
Management, Associate Professor

Steve A. Schulz is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has an active interest in logistics, new product development, and high-performance organizations. His research interests include The Supply Chain for Talent, High-Performance Organizations, Industrial Technology Adoption Models and Open-Source Innovation. Dr. Schulz is a member of the Midwest International Trade Association, APICS, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Nebraska Trucking Association, Decision Science Institute, Academy of Management, and the Institute of Supply Management. He serves as a reviewer for several academic journals and conferences.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 23
  • Spring SemesterJan 24
  • Summer SessionJun 01