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Undergraduate Program

Transportation and Logistics is a $1.5 Trillion-dollar industry in the United States The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of Transportation and Logistics related

jobs will increase tremendously, and industry research has identified that there will not be enough qualified talent to meet demand. This represents a new set of opportunities for those with the right education, desire, and skills to fill a growing talent shortage, and the Center for Transportation Studies offers a pathway to these jobs.



Course Descriptions

MKTG 3770 Introduction to Transportation


Prerequisite: A minimum campus GPA of 2.0; Junior standing or instructor consent. This course provides an overview of the transportation sector, including history, providers, users, and government regulation as well as the integration into supplies chain management. The course covers the importance and significance of transportation both domestically and globally, the operational aspects of transportation modes of rail, water, motor, air, pipeline and role of transportation intermediaries; the demand and supply of transportation, and the managerial aspects of these modes of transport in both the commercial and urban environment


MKTG 3771 Traffic and Transportation Management


Prerequisites: A minimum campus GPA of 2.0, Junior standing or instructor's consent. This course focuses on the purchase of transportation and warehouse services and/or the operation of transportation services as a firm activity. This course is also designed to provide the student with an exposure to the managerial aspects of transportation management as a function of the firm's logistical strategy. In addition, it includes an introduction to the management of firms with the various transportation modes of rail, motor, air, water, pipelines and the strategic usage of transportation intermediaries including third-party providers (3PL’s). This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the issues and work performed by transportation managers including issues of costing and pricing, transportation procurement, transportation technology, cross-border trade management as well as the management of modern transportation firms.


MKTG 3773 Transportation and Global Trade Management


Prerequisites: MKTG 3770, a minimum campus GPA of 2.0, Junior standing or instructor consent. Global Trade Management (GTM) is a critical function that ensures an organization’s international orders and imported goods comply with trade regulation of both the country of export and the country of import. GTM faces increasing external pressure from changing geopolitical trade policy, competitively driven global outsourcing and distribution channels, as well as stringent global security initiatives. Companies that are aware of the need for trade management and understand its value to their organizations meet those challenges and are reaping significant returns. These companies are saving millions of dollars by leveraging preferential trade programs, such as duty drawback, free trade agreements (FTA), and foreign trade zones (FTZ).

This class is designed to provide the student a working background in the basic aspects of global trade management including classification, valuation, country of origin, export administration regulations and framework, documentation, preferential trade programs, INCO terms, trade insurance, international transportation modes and third parties, use of automated admissibility portals, documentary credits (LC’s) and global trade policy.


MKTG 3776 Transportation Safety, Security, and Disaster Preparedness


Prerequisites: A minimum campus GPA of 2.0, Junior standing or instructor's consent. This course emphasizes security issues related to the nation’s highway, aviation, pipeline, inland waterway, transit, and rail networks, as well as port facilities. This course provides an overview of transportation safety issues including passenger and employee safety and hazardous materials. Strategies to prepare for transportation-related disasters in addition to the transport of people and goods after terrorism events or natural disasters are also addressed. This course also introduces the student to theories, practices and current incidents surrounding transportation risk management, cyber-security, and business continuity strategies.


MKTG 3778 Transportation in Supply Chain Management


Prerequisites:  A minimum campus GPA of 2.0, Junior standing or instructor consent. Transportation is often the most expensive and important link in most modern supply chains.  This online course allows the student to examine and learn the role transportation plays in supply chain management.  This course is designed for undergraduate business students minoring in Transportation but can easily be taken by any College of Business major as a business elective with no pre-requirements. 

Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to:

This course will encompass video lectures and examples from leading transportation and supply chain managers, discussion boards, and instructor-led class exercises.  Grading will be through online (announced) quizzes and tests.  


MKTG 3779 Applied Technology of Transportation Management Systems

Prerequisite: MKTG 3770, 3771 or instructor’s permission and a 2.0 overall GPA. This class has been developed for the student to experience actual Transportation Management System (TMS) applications including data modeling, contract and rate management, carrier selection, optimization, shipment tendering, tracking, invoicing and auditing. This class takes place online using one of the leading deployed TMS in the market. The class consists of 15 defined lab units that allow the student to experience hands-on breadth and scope of these solutions as well as integration into enterprise applications to attain the “grail” of end-to-end visibility. The student will complete this course, coupled with the basic Transportation courses with a distinct competitive advantage over their peers in job placement. 


MKTG 3798 Domestic Transportation

Prerequisites: A minimum campus GPA of 2.0 and junior standing or instructor's consent. Domestic Transportation is the study of North American transportation modes, their management, and operating characteristics. This course is part of the Mid-West Transportation Consortium where UMSL, along with 5 other Universities, provides guest lectures that comment on aspects of transportation. UMSL students concentrate on the business aspects of transportation.


MKTG 3799 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Minimum campus GPA of 2.0 and approval by the supervising professor and the area coordinator. A special individual study in marketing under the supervision of a full-time marketing faculty member.


MKTG 3790 Internship

Prerequisites: A minimum campus GPA of 2.0; one must have completed and/or be currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of Marketing electives and have the consent of supervising marketing instructor and Area Coordinator. A Business College GPA of 2.5 is also required. Students are employed in the field of Marketing where they apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Professional development and obtaining specialized work experience are primary goals. A Marketing faculty member will monitor the student's program with the student providing a formal written report at the end of the project.  MKTG 3790 may be counted toward the minimum credit hours of marketing electives required for a marketing emphasis.



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