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Bachelor of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management




Program Description

The Transportation and Logistics undergraduate degree provides students with principles, management, economics, public policy, technological advancements, trends, and current issues within the logistics industry. More specifically, students will learn about the multiple modes of transportation to include air, maritime, and ground transportation, which is a critical aspect of logistics management. Students will also learn how these transportation modes impact economies, both on a domestic and global scale, as well as the practical application of cutting edge processes and standards within the current business context of transportation and logistics management.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply systems analysis to transportation, logistics, and supply chain management.
  • Relate the multidimensional impact of transportation on the economy, public systems, national and local infrastructure, and the environment.
  • Understand and evaluate the transportation systems’ political, regulatory, and legal issues.
  • Describe and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the major modes of international transportation.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and logistics management is the second largest employment sector in the United States. In fact, transportation and logistics management is at the core of global supply chain management, encompassing manufacturing, distribution, retailing, recreation, and national security. National and global disasters such as the massive earthquakes of 2010 in Haiti and Chile focus on transportation and logistics management as the foundation for response and recovery to mitigate their tragic consequences. Careers in transportation and logistics management offer opportunities in not only a variety of transportation modes with global carriers, but with private and public sector organizations whose success depends on the global fulfillment of customers’ requirements. The technology of the 21st Century has truly revolutionized transportation and logistics management. The movement of information has become as important as the movement of goods and people, making it an exciting career for ambitious men and women.

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Useful Skills Within the Transportation and Logistics Field

Problem Solving - Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the transportation and logistics management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.  

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. This career field in particular will likely require additional education or experience.

Air Traffic Controllers
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
Airfield Operations Specialists
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
Aviation Inspectors
Bridge and Lock Tenders
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 
Commercial Pilots
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
Crane and Tower Operators
Dredge Operators
Driver/Sales Workers 
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
Flight Attendants
Freight and Cargo Inspectors
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 
Hoist and Winch Operators
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Locomotive Engineers 
Locomotive Firers
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
Material Moving Workers, All Other
Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other
Motorboat Operators
Packers and Packagers, Hand 
Parking Lot Attendants
Pilots, Ship
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
Rail Transportation Workers, All Other
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 
Recycling Coordinators 
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 
Sailors and Marine Oilers
Ship and Boat Captains
Ship Engineers
Subway and Streetcar Operators
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Traffic Technicians
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
Transportation Inspectors
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation 
Transportation Workers, All Other
Wellhead Pumpers

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. Below are a few examples of places that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate transportation and logistics management students:

Hub Group 

In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search, or to look at the agencies career portal.  Keep in mind these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.


The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in transportation and logistics management. The below list provides a few example places one might find employment using their degree.



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General Total Credits - 121 Hours
Core Requirements
33 Hours
Research, Analysis, and Writing
3 hours

This course outlines basic study and research techniques, the use of libraries, and the importance of research methodology and analysis across disciplines. It is a writing intensive course that requires a sound understanding of written communication. Students enrolling in this course should be familiar with proper citations and documentation, grammar and syntax, organizing their writing, and parts of a paper. (Prerequisite: ENGL102 or ENGL200).

Pre Reqs: Effectiveness in Writing(ENGL102),Composition and Literature(ENGL200)

3 hours

Microeconomics is an overview course that covers how households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.

3 hours

Introduction to Macroeconomics is a survey course that builds on the topics covered and skills developed in ECON101 (Microeconomics) in order to present a complete picture of the economy. Macroeconomics shows how consumers and markets fit into the overall or aggregated economy and provides a framework to assess government policies. Key topics covered will include economic cycles (growth and recession), economic indicators and measures and interest rates and money supply.

Introduction to Transportation Management
3 hours

This course is an overview of the transportation sector, including providers, users and government agencies. It examines contemporary public policy issues, such as deregulation, along with managerial strategies in transportation.

Transportation Economics
3 hours

This course focuses on the micro and macro economic issues associated with international, national, and local transport, logistics, and other issues in the transportation industry. Topics include the economic aspects of rail, water, air, ground, and other transport modes; inventory, and supply.

Supply Chain Management
3 hours

This course is a study of supply chain management from the consumer back to raw materials. The entire process is studied from the standpoint of the leading theory and practice of cutting-edge organizations.

Fundamentals of Intermodal Transportation
3 hours

This course examines the United States and worldwide commercial freight transportation systems, with an emphasis on international intermodal surface transportation. Modal/intermodal economic and operating characteristics will be surveyed, along with cost, pricing, and regulation of transportation services. In addition, students will be introduced to electronic data interchange (EDI) in commercial transportation and the use of computer software applications in transportation management—all with the goal of providing students with an in-depth understanding of the principles of intermodal transportation systems, a grasp of transportation terminology, and the interrelationship between the Defense Transportation System (DTS) and the global commercial transportation infrastructure.

Logistics Management
3 hours

This course studies the logistics functions of business involved in the movement and storage of supplies, work-in-progress, and finished goods. It examines the trade-offs between cost and service and the purchase and supply of raw materials; the warehousing and control of inventory; industrial packaging; materials handling within warehouses; and the distribution of finished goods to customers required to minimize costs, maximize profits or increase customer service levels. STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO COMPLETE TLMT311 PRIOR TO TAKING THIS COURSE.

3 hours

This course examines the role of packaging marking and labeling as part of the physical distribution process. It examines inner, outer, and intermediate packing, packaging media, dunnage, lading and ISO & non-ISO containers. Topics include: packaging as containment; packaging as a physical barrier, packaging as an impediment to in-transit visibility and handling; packaging as a carrier of arachnids, nematodes and plant and animal life; and contaminated packaging incompatibilities.

Distribution Systems
3 hours

This course addresses the principles and practices of transportation and its role in the distribution process. Topics include the physical transportation system of the United States and its performance; carrier responsibilities and services; economic and legal bases of rates, freight classification and tariffs; public policy regarding regulation; and transportation issues and problems.

Advanced Business Logistics
3 hours

Business Logistics is the set of activities involved in the flow of materials and products through an organization and through the supply chain to the market. This course examines and applies management tools and principles to these supply and distribution problems. Emphasis is first placed on developing a broad overview of the logistics field: what are its principle activities, decisions and how these activities produce value by supplying customer service through order fulfillment. Interfunctional coordination is reviewed by examining how logistics is coordinated or integrated with marketing and corporate strategy. Next, a thorough grounding in concepts, alternatives and tools for the primary activities of logistics: inventory, transportation, warehousing and order processing are presented. This provides the basis for examining issues in logistics system design, including stock location, sourcing, number and location of facilities and flow management. The organizational design of the logistics system across the internal supply chain is examined if time permits.

Concentration Requirements
15 Hours
Business Theory
3 hours

This course provides an understanding of the corporation, each of the business functions (to include accounting, finance, marketing, technology, management, and planning), and the relations between and among functions in the operation of the firm.

International Business Management
3 hours

This course focuses on the organization, management strategies, and essential operations of international business and cross cultural management. It provides a managerial perspective and a framework of analysis for examining the similarities and differences in the philosophy and practices of management around the world. Topics include the methods and importance of effective strategic planning when organizing and administering international marketing, finance, and human resource management areas toward efficient business, government, and global market relationships. By focusing on the analysis of national and organizational cultures and the impact of individual behaviors, the course gives a strong basis for managers to successfully manage in different countries and different populations.

Risk Communications
3 hours

This course examines media management during local/national disasters and/or events. It will also address the media and all levels of governmental response. The focus will be on actual operations and on-site issues. This course provides the student an arsenal of useable tools and techniques that are universally prescriptive and can be implemented in nearly every risk-associated situation, from public health to accidents to terrorist attacks and even to challenges to corporate reputation management. Students who complete this course will be prepared to make the best possible decisions during a crisis emergency about the affected population’s wellbeing, and communicate those decisions, within nearly impossible time constraints, and ultimately, to accept the imperfect nature of choices as the situation evolves.

Principles of Financial Management
3 hours

This course is an overview study of the concepts and techniques in corporate finance. Topics include investments, financial environment, securities markets, financial markets, financial statements and analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, asset valuation, and decision-making. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Budget Development and Execution
3 hours

This course provides an in-depth focus and analysis of the four phases of the budget cycle -- formulation, review, execution and audit. It also explores the purposes of budget, including line-item budgeting, performance budgeting, zero-based budgeting and capital budgeting. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Border and Coastal Security
3 hours

This course is a study of the federal, state and local organizations involved in border and coastal security, associated homeland security issues, the various policy and operational strategies used for border and coastal access and security, and contemporary border and coastal security concerns. Topics also include immigration and non-U.S. approaches to border and coastal security.

Port Security
3 hours

Port Security is a survey course designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of port security issues. It will examine the critical importance of ports to trade and their vulnerability to disruption and attack. It will also examine several contemporary issues, including; the importance of sea borne trade to the North American and United States economies, the value of mega ports to sea borne trade, the vulnerabilities of ports to disruption and asymmetric attack, critical port security incidents such as the Halifax Explosion, and defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack.

Management Information Systems
3 hours

This course provides a technical and organizational foundation for understanding the use and importance of information systems and information technology in today's management environment. This course covers the hardware, software, and infrastructure that support management information systems. Information and decision support systems, knowledge management and specialized information systems, database management systems, telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, Extranets, and wireless networks will be examined. This course also covers systems development, e-commerce, and the ethical and societal impact of management information systems.

Public Policy
3 hours

Analyzes the formulation and execution of public policy in America. Includes study of decision-making theory, bureaucratic politics and other models that seek to explain how policy is made. Issues explored include social, environmental, economic, homeland security, defense, and foreign policy. Additional issue areas may be covered depending on contemporary significance.

Hazardous Materials Transportation
3 hours

This course is a study of the packaging, transportation, and delivery of hazardous materials. Course topics include container, vehicular, storage, mode, onload/offload, and other considerations associated with hazardous materials transportation.

International Logistics Management
3 hours

This course addresses the design and operation of international logistics systems. Topics include export-import issues, multi-national sourcing and distribution strategies, channel management, and comparative transportation systems and policies.

Logistics Management and Operations
3 hours

An overview of the general area of logistics, its nature, scope, and process. It is a critical examination of logistics management functions and the interrelationships among strategic support and operational logistics.

Hazardous Materials Management
3 hours

This course will cover the requirements and regulations associated with packaging, handling, storage, transport, and incident response at the operational level for all forms of Hazardous Material. The emphasis will be on the federal regulations and their often-competing goals and contradictory provisions.

Best Practices in Reverse Logistics
3 hours

This course provides students with a systems-centric view to explore what is seen as today’s best practices in reverse logistics applications in manufacturing, retail and in the military. It includes the nature, scope, practices, procedures and processes of reverse logistics as compared to forward logistics. A practitioner approach is used to explore and examine the management functions and the interrelationships among the components of reverse operational logistics are provided. This course is intended for students and professionals working in logistics, retail business management, general management, transportation management, supply chain management, and corporate and military decision makers.

Air Transportation
3 hours

This course covers the history, management and future trends in air transportation. It covers the four principal segments of air transportation: major carriers, regional carriers, all-cargo carriers and general aviation. In each segment, the issues of aircraft design, market share, finance, insurance and operations are discussed. The course analyzes the development and application of national and international regulations that impact air transportation. Topics include: cost structure, air fares, flight crews and safety, environmental impacts of aircraft and airports, operating and service characteristics, technological advances, world competition and intermodal operations.

Airport Operations
3 hours

This course is a study of managerial and leadership issues associated with airport operations, to include human resource, union, commercial, legal, security, air and air support operations, and other issues.

International Trade and Regulations
3 hours

This course is a study of international trade, to include the theories and practice of international trade and their economic outcomes from both global and local vantages. Topics of the course include free and restrictive trade theories, free trade agreements, general and specialized tariffs, and trade as an arm of foreign and/or domestic policy.

Institutional Requirements
3 Hours
Foundations of Online Learning
3 hours

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to the tools and resources available in the online classroom and campus. Students will be introduced to online research, formatting, and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.

General Education
34 Hours

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Senior Seminar should be taken as your last course in the program.
Senior Seminar in Transportation and Logistics
3 hours

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in transportation and logistics to analyze specific program related issues and problems using the knowledge and understanding gained by completing the required courses in the program and a significant number of the major courses. This is a capstone course to be taken after all other Transportation and Logistics courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SENIOR standing to register.

General Electives
33 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

Total Credits (121 Hours)
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