Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management

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CPTC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management (BAS-OPM) degree has been designed to meet the needs of students who want to move into supervisory and management roles in industry.

In the BAS-OPM program, students will learn about operations management tools and techniques, develop core business skills, and apply them to solve problems in industry. Focused-study courses and individual and group capstones help develop the critical thinking skills required for a successful career in an operations management role.

This degree has been designed to meet the educational needs of working adults. It is based on a combination of web-based instruction with study groups meeting at times convenient to students.

Program Length

The program is approximately six-to-eight quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall quarter or by instructor’s permission.

Program Outcomes

• Use mathematical tools required for operation managements, including acceptance sampling, decision theory, probability theory, linear programming, planning and scheduling.

• Formulate applied forecasting techniques including quantitative and qualitative methods to increase quality management performance.

• Practice how to plan, implement, and manage a comprehensive quality management program within an organization.

• Apply lean terminology and concepts, including value-stream mapping, workplace organization and standardization, 5S and cellular flow, kanban, total productive maintenance, and gap analysis.

• Develop a written proposal for a newly designed or modified facility, including a financial justification for the project, and carry out a verbal presentation of the results.

• Use key terms used in statistical process control (SPC) including control charts, continuous improvement, acceptance sampling, and the design of experiments.

• Develop project management techniques, including realistic and comprehensive project plans, risk areas, monitoring, and problem solving.

• Analyze projects, alternatives, and business decisions based on economic principles, such as time value of money, internal rate of return, and cost-benefit ratios.

• Develop acceptable resolution of ethical dilemmas in the workplace.

• Organize layout of industrial facilities, materials handling systems, and warehousing for the most efficient flow of raw materials, work-in-process, and final product.

• Apply guidelines for the management of health and safety in the workplace.

Completion Requirements


Admission to the Program

Admission to the program may occur when the following can be documented:

  • Successful completion (or proof of enrollment in the last quarter thereof) of either: 
    • Successful completion of an earned Applied Associate degree, AAS-T, Direct Transfer Associate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with an overall minimum 2.3 GPA. OR
    • An appropriate body of preparation as determined by the college, including completion of 90 college-level credits, employment, or other life experience that qualifies for credit for prior learning and meets the upper-division course prerequisites.
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all general education coursework.
  • 5 college-level credits in English Composition (ENGL& 101 or higher).
  • 5 college-level credits in a transferable social science course.


Admission to the Junior Year

Once admitted to the program, the following must be documented before students can move on to the junior year of the program:

  • 5 credits of MATH& 146 or another higher-level statistics class
  • 5 credits in a humanities subject – CMST&220 recommended
  • 10 credits in natural sciences with at least one science course with a lab component. Recommended courses: CHEM& 110 (with lab), CHEM& 121 (with lab), PHYS& 114 (with lab), and another transferable science or transferable math course other than MATH& 146.
  • 5 credits in any college-level lower division General Education courses: English Composition, Social Science, Humanities, or Natural Science

These requirements can be satisfied by coursework completed before admission to the BAS-OPM program, or during a “bridge” quarter included within the BAS-OPM program. The bridge quarter can include up to 25 credits as required. Bridge courses may be taken concurrently with upper-level BAS classes.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the degree, students must maintain a minimum grade of 2.0 in all coursework, including “bridge” quarter courses, program courses, and general education courses.

Second Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements

Applicants who have already earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may be able to substitute previous courses for our general education requirements based on the Washington State Second Baccalaureate Degree policy outlined in the Policies and Procedures.

Students must still complete program-specific general education degree requirements if not otherwise satisfied. The program-specific general education requirements in the BAS-OPM degree are listed below:

  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Techniques for Operations Management
  • Measurement and Statistical Process Control
  • Project Management
  • Professional Ethics or equivalent
  • Managerial Economics or equivalent

Program Course List

MAT 311Mathematical Techniques for Operations Management


MAT 413Measurement and Statistical Process Control


OPM 312Forecasting and System Design


OPM 313Quality Management


OPM 314Logistical Planning & Supply Chain Management


OPM 315Lean Concepts and Applications


OPM 411Facility Layout and Materials Handling


OPM 412Workplace Health and Safety Management


OPM 491Focused Study I


OPM 492Focused Study II


OPM 493Focused Study III


OPM 498CAPIndividual Capstone Project



OPM 495Internship


OPM 499CAPGroup Capstone Project


BUS 310Project Management


ECON 310Managerial Economics


ENG 310Business Communications


PHIL 310DIVProfessional Ethics


PSYC 311DIVIndustrial & Organizational Psychology


Total Credit Hours:90

OPM 498CAP: With instructor’s permission, OPM 495 – Internship – can be substituted for OPM 498.

Note: Total credits for the degree do not include the bridge quarter (if needed).