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Operations Management (Pre-Business)

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Operations Management (Pre-Business)

BS in Business Administration

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Students are admitted into Pre-Business and will apply to Operations Management major through a competitive and selective process to gain admission.The field originated in manufacturing (where it is called production management) and deals with the management of productive activities. In manufacturing, the creation of physical products is the primary focus; in recent years, the concepts and techniques of operations management have been increasingly applied to the creation of services, extending to most types of productive systems.

Major Details

College: Eller College of Management
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Eller College of Management requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 109C or 112 - College Algebra 3
MIS 111 - Computers and Internetworked Society 3
MIS 111L - Computers & Internetworked Society - Lab 1
ENGL 101 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 116 - Calculus Concepts for Business Majors 3
ENGL 102 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MGMT 276 - Statistical Inference in Management 3
ACCT 200 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON 200 - Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier I General Education 3
Ethics Course 3
4th Semester
BNAD 277 - Analytical Methods for Business 3
ACCT 210 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MGMT 310A - Organization Behavior and Management 3
MKTG 361 - Introduction to Marketing 3
BCOM 314R - Business Communication 3
FIN 311 - Introduction to Finance 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
ECON 300 - Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions 3
MIS 373 - Basic Operations Management 3
MIS 304 - Using and Managing Information Systems 3
Non-Eller Elective/Remaining Requirements 3
Non-Eller Elective/Remaining Requirements 3
7th Semester
MGMT 402 - Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management 3
ECON 330 - Macroeconomic Institutions and Policy 3
MIS 473A - Production and Operations Management 3
ENTR 485 - Innovating: Creating the Future 3
OPER Major course 3
8th Semester
MIS 473B - Production and Operations Management 3
OPER Major Course 3
OPER Major Course 3
Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements.

Students who are interested in transferring to the Eller College of Management should use this site for reference only and not for self-advising. Those students are strongly encouraged to contact an Eller College advisor to plan their transfers.

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained in the Operations Management major of economics, accounting, finance, information technology, communications, and production management provides a strong career foundation. Graduates will be prepared to manage, plan, assess, and streamline the creation of products and services in fields ranging from manufacturing and distribution to the airline industry to renewable energy production. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in business administration.

Potential Career Areas

  • Production planning
  • Operations analysis
  • Project management
  • Capacity analysis
  • Simulation
  • Forecasting
  • Communications
  • Strategic planning
  • Consulting

Sample Employers

  • Manufacturers
  • Energy production companies
  • Businesses
  • Corporations
  • Warehouses
  • Transportation authorities
  • Government agencies
  • School systems
  • Hospitals
  • Consulting firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Production Manager $41,270 - $76,710
Logistics Manager $50,000 - $81,000
Management Consultant $39,840 - $128,330
Airport Manager $34,850 - $112,730
Wind Energy Operations Manager $27,000 - $55,570
General Manager $46,190 - $96,430
Business Operations Specialist $36,170 - $66,090
Transportation Manager $49,370 - $83,890
Operations Research Analyst $38,760 - $108,290
Television Station Operations Manager $27,000 - $55,570
Emergency Manager $35,000 - $75,000
Catering Operations Manager $40,000 - $150,000
E-commerce Strategy Manager $92,000 - $145,000
Information Systems Manager $45,000 - $100,000