Transportation and Logistics Major Information

Transportation and Logistics Major Information

TLM Major Requirements


Required Major Courses:

Supply Chain Management TRSP 300 3
Economic Geography GEOG 302 3
Environmental Law and Regulation LSTU 303 3
Principles of Finance FIN 320 3
Transportation Economics ECON 333 3
International and Intermodal Transportation Management TRSP 430 3


International Economics ECON 430 3
International Business BUS 430 3
 Transportation Internship (Capstone) TRSP 400 2-7

And at least two of the following:

Study Abroad TRSP 301 0-6
Air Transportation Management TRSP 305 3
Land Transportation Management TRSP 315 3
Marine Transportation Management TRSP 325 3
Advanced Business Logistics TRSP 401 3
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems TRSP 402 3
Port and Terminal Management TRSP 405 3


TLM Course Descriptions

300 Supply Chain Management (3cr)

Introduction to the concepts, functions, processes, and objectives of logistics and supply chain management activities including procurement, manufacturing, and logistics. Covers the planning, organizing and controlling of such activities, and examines the role of supply chain processes in creating competitive advantage with respect to quality, flexibility, lead-time, and cost.

Provides an analysis of logistics and transportation services. Topics include customer service, inventory concepts and management, transportation, warehousing, purchasing, supply chain management, global logistics, sustainability and logistics strategies. Prerequisites: * S11, S12

301 Study Abroad (0-6cr)

Field trips designed by department faculty to give students direct experience in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course.
With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

305 Air Transportation Management (3cr)

Explores the history, management and future trends in air transportation. Covers the four principal segments of air transportation: major carriers, regional carriers, all-cargo carriers and general aviation. Also examines airport management. In each segment the issues of aircraft design, market share, finance, insurance and operations are discussed.

The development and application of national and international regulations that impact air transportation are analyzed. 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. Prerequisites: * S11, S12

315 Land Transportation Management (3cr)

Covers the three basic surface transportation modes of rail, highway systems and pipelines. Provides a comprehensive knowledge base of the three major segments of each mode: management, marketing and operations, including the various types of freight and passenger services, both public and private, and the intermodal services.

Historical, current and future trends of the North American surface transportation are covered, including the expanding intermodal needs and system approaches in both freight and passenger services, and the crucial connection with the origin of raw materials to destination manufacturing and ultimately to the consumer. Prerequisites: * F10, F11 to destination manufacturing and ultimately to the consumer.

325 Marine Transportation Management (3cr)

Addresses the management and future trends in marine transportation. The issues of vessel design, market share, finance, insurance, operations and sustainability are addressed for the ocean, inland and Great Lakes shipping segments. The development and application of national and international regulations that impact the marine transportation of freight and passengers will be analyzed.

The topics of vessel financing, freight rates, vessel crewing, safety, environmental impacts, vessel operations, fleet management, port and flag state control, trade routes and intermodal operations will be explored using case study analysis. Prerequisites: * S11, S12

333 Transportation Economics (3cr)

Introductory course focuses on domestic transportation, but an international dimension is included. Covers all modes of transportation, their micro-economic and organizational characteristics, role and function in the national economy, regulatory and policy issues, rate setting, interaction in the supply chain, shipper and carrier relations, intermodal operations and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: ECON 250 and 251, or ECON 235. F10, F11

400 Transportation Internship (2-7cr)

Students extend classroom learning to a business setting in the transportation and logistics field. Students obtain the cooperation of an employer and prepare a learning contract. Students will submit weekly recaps of activities, a final report and a presentation about their experience.

This is a required capstone course for graduation from the Transportation and Logistics Management major and must be a minimum six weeks long. The internship may be taken any academic term. Prerequisites: *, Consent of instructor and department chair. Pass-Fail only. F10, S11, F11, S12 and Summer Terms

401 Advanced Supply Chain Management (3cr)

Examines advanced supply chain and logistics theory and concepts as applied in the modern business environment. Provides an understanding of the major functions of supply chain management. Exposes students to the tools and techniques that are employed in the analysis of logistics and supply chain systems. Emphasis is on system optimization for the purpose of achieving customer satisfaction and sustainability. Prerequisites*, TRSP 300. F10, F11

402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems (3cr)

Comparative examinations of planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20th century urban and suburban areas. Introduction to the interurban influences of transportation systems on land use and planning will be explored. Stresses the ways in which planners and planning ideologies have responded to different social, economic, political and technological (transportation and communication) innovations and pressures.

The class includes an examination of 21st century problems, pressures and solutions to urban and transportation needs. Prerequisites: For Non-DBE major completion of GEOG-302or consent of instructor, for DBE majors completion of GEOG-302 and admission to the school of business. Cross-listed as GEOG 402. S11.

405 Port and Terminal Management (3cr)

Management principles applied to the operation of ports, terminals, warehouses and distribution centers. Key topics to be addressed include, governance, administration, regulations, hazardous materials, materials handling, intermodal connections, environmental impacts and labor relations.

Additional concepts such as location analysis, warehouse management systems, containerization, inventory management and sustainability will be addressed. Case study methodology will be used that applies quality management, Six Sigma and lean management principals. Prerequisites: * F10, F11.

430 International and Intermodal Transportation Management (3cr)

Focuses on managing the export/import process of freight, the operation of international intermodal systems and conducting business in different cultures. Topics to be addressed include: entering foreign markets, multi-national logistics strategy, international law, currency exchange, insurance, INCOTERMS, commercial documents, customs clearance, packaging, transportation systems, multi-national business ethics, reverse logistics and sustainability.* S11, S12

*Prerequisites: ACCT 200, 201; BUS 270; ITS 108; ECON 250, 251; MATH 151 or MATH 240; WRIT 101,102; COMM 110; all but 12 credits of remaining General Education requirements

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Superior, Wisconsin; population 27,000;
adjacent to Duluth, Minnesota;
population 86,000

30 undergraduate majors; 13 pre-professional programs; graduate programs in education, communication and art; and a variety of individually designed majors and dual-degree programs

Neighborhood campus just a few minutes from Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world


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 $7,946 - cost for 2013-14 academic year for Wisconsin residents

80% of undergraduates receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, campus jobs and out-of-state tuition waivers


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Welcome to the United States and the University of Wisconsin-Superior! Each year, students from around the world come to Superior to earn a high-quality education.

This is a list of questions that international students frequently ask about UW-Superior. If your questions aren't answered here, contact our International Student Services Office.

Where is UW-Superior?

UW-Superior is located in the city of Superior in the state of Wisconsin.
The easiest way to find us on the map is to locate the state of Wisconsin in the Midwestern United States. Then look at the northwestern tip of the state. Or, you can find Lake Superior on the map, then go to its westernmost tip.

How do I get to Superior?

Northwest Airlines serves Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota. You first fly to Minneapolis, Minnesota, then board a different airplane for the short flight to Duluth.
Duluth International Airport is located about 20 miles from UW-Superior. We will provide transportation from the airport to UW-Superior if you notify our International Student Services Office in advance of your planned arrival time. If you prefer, you can hire a taxicab to take you from the airport to UW-Superior.

What is the city like?

Superior is home to 27,000 people. It is separated from Duluth, Minnesota by the St. Louis River. Together, these two cities form a metro area of about 150,000 people.
Superior and Duluth, often called "the Twin Ports," are a regional center for transportation, government, health care and education. Superior is home to several industries, such as an oil refinery. It also has several small manufacturing companies. Ships from all over the world sail to Superior to load grain cargoes. UW-Superior also is an important contributor to the city's economy.

What are your students like?

We have about 2,800 students enrolled each year. About 60 percent come from Wisconsin and about 35 percent come from Minnesota. The remainder come from other states and other countries.
Each year we have about 100 international students on campus. Many come from Sri Lanka, Japan and Canada, but you'll also find students here from countries such as Argentina, Bosnia, China, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom.

What about faculty?

We have 174 faculty and instructional staff members who teach all classes. Nearly 90 percent of them hold the highest degree available in their field.

Are professors available for individual appointments?

All faculty members are required to hold office hours each week. Students are welcome to drop by during those office hours. They also can make an individual appointment directly with their advisor or professor.

What is the campus like?

Our campus has 16 major buildings on 230 acres. It includes four major classroom buildings, fine arts center, library, athletic building and five residence halls.

What about campus safety?

UW-Superior is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. Walkways and parking lots are well-lighted and equipped with emergency telephones linked directly to the campus safety office. Campus safety officers are on duty around the clock and will escort students when requested.
Residence Hall entry doors are locked at night and guests must be escorted. A professional hall manager supervises each building. All rooms have smoke detectors.

How is the food in the cafeteria?

Our food service offers many different types of food at each meal. You can eat anything that's available, and you can eat whenever you like during the day.
Our food service workers will work with you to meet special dietary needs or to provide vegetarian meals. They also will work with you to include spices and native foods from your homeland.

Where should I live?

We recommend international students live in one of the UW-Superior residence halls.
Our residence halls are located on campus and close to classrooms, the library and the cafeteria. Living in a residence hall helps you meet people and get involved in campus activities. It also means you don't have to worry about transportation or renting an apartment.

Where do I go during school vacations?

UW-Superior classes run from late August to mid-December. Then there is a one-month winter break during which you can take classes as part of our J-Term. Classes start again in mid-January and run to mid-May. Classes also are held during May and much of the summer.
International students may remain on campus during the winter break. Many students like to use this time to travel around the United States.

What clothes should I bring?

Once you apply to UW-Superior, our International Student Services Office will help you decide what clothes to bring.
Generally, you will want to bring nice but informal clothing for attending classes. Many students bring native costumes to wear during student fashion shows and other fun campus activities.
If you are from a region with a cold climate, you already know what you will need for winter.
If you live in a warm climate, our International Student Services advisor can help you buy the clothes you will need for fall and winter. Most students from warm climates wait to buy their cold-weather clothing once they arrive on campus. That saves a lot of space and weight in your luggage.

What's the weather like there?

Weather in northern Wisconsin varies greatly.
Spring, summer and fall are pleasant seasons. Temperatures range from 5 to 24 degrees Celsius in spring and fall. A light jacket and rain coat or umbrella are needed during these seasons. Summer is warm, with temperatures as high as 21 to 27 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures during the winter range from 0 to -32 degrees Celsius. Snow is common December through March. A warm coat, hat and gloves are necessary, along with warm shoes or boots.

What should I do with my money?

First, be sure to convert your money to travelers checks before leaving your country.
Once you arrive in Superior, our International Student Services advisor will help you open a bank account in which you can safely deposit your money.
A bank office is located on campus for your convenience. We also have an automatic teller machine, or ATM, in the student center for your convenience in getting cash. Other banks are located a short distance from campus.

What do you do for fun in Superior?

Superior is located in an area called the Upper Midwest. Our region has vast forests and many lakes.
International students enjoy the many outdoor activities available here. These include hiking, biking, fishing, camping and canoeing. Our Outdoor Recreation Office offers guided outdoor trips during fall, winter and spring. You can join your friends and an experienced guide to go skiing, dogsledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, camping, canoeing and horseback riding.
If you live in a warmer climate, you will get a special treat during your time in Superior. During September and October, the leaves on the trees that cover our region turn bright yellow, orange and gold. If you've never seen these "fall colors," you will find it an astounding sight. During the winter, you will experience the snow that transforms our region into a wonderland of fluffy whiteness.
Many international students also enjoy visiting cities such as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. All are within easy driving distance of Superior.
On campus, international students join together to present fashion shows featuring clothing from their homelands. They also visit local schools to teach children about their native lands.
Here is a sample of fun activities in and around Superior:

  • Lake Superior beaches; trails for biking, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling; snowboarding; fishing; canoeing.
  • An inexpensive public golf course is located near campus.
  • Less than a mile from shopping mall and movie theatres. Other nearby attractions include coffee houses, dancing, ballet and museums.
  • Concerts, movies, comedians, theatre productions on campus.
  • Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.
  • Duluth-Superior Dukes professional baseball team.

What do you do in the winter?

We dress for the weather and head out to have fun!
Our campus is minutes away from just about every kind of winter activity you can imagine. Superior has great cross-country ski trails right in town. Two alpine ski areas are located just 20 minutes away. We're right in the heart of the best snowmobiling trails in the Midwest, and you can rent sleds locally. You can go ice fishing on lakes and rivers. You can skate and play hockey at Wessman Arena on campus. Hiking along Lake Superior's shore in the winter is an awesome experience.
If you've never done some of these activities, you can join our campus recreation office on guided skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding trips.
OK, not everybody wants to head outdoors when it's cold. If your idea of winter activity involves staying inside, don't worry. We're near a shopping mall, coffee shops, bookstores and dance clubs. We have comedy nights on campus, along with plays, concerts, recitals, movies, club activities and intramural sports. Superior and nearby Duluth also offer a symphony orchestra, a ballet troupe and several museums.
As a student, you have access to the World Wide Web and e-mail. To stay in shape, you can use the track, basketball court, pool, weight room and dance studios at the Gates physical education building.

How do I travel around the city?

Duluth Transit Authority buses stop on campus. For $1 you can ride throughout Superior and Duluth. These buses will take you to shopping malls, movie theaters and book stores.
Some international students buy cars while they are in Superior.

What facilities do you have?

  • Classroom buildings and residence halls all have computer labs - many with 24-hour access.
  • Rothwell Student Center offers cafeteria, lounge, study areas, computer room and game room.
  • Holden Fine Arts Center provides two theatres and set construction workshop; music recital hall and practice rooms; television studio and editing area; Wisconsin Public Radio station; art studios and galleries; and newspaper newsroom.
  • Gates physical education building includes gymnasium, Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor running area, dance studios, weight room, classrooms and training room.
  • Jim Dan Hill Library provides 285,000 volumes, more than 1,000 periodicals, on-line access to electronic databases and library catalogs, study areas and computer labs.
  • Residence halls all have 24-hour computer rooms, study areas, exercise rooms, telephones in all rooms, VCR rental, cable TV in lounges and laundry facilities. Options include a women-only residence hall.

For International Students

Each year, UW-Superior welcomes students from around the globe. UW-Superior offers many benefits to International Students through the TAP waiver program, scholarships, Beecroft loans, and On-campus employment opportunities. As part of the public University of Wisconsin System, we provide excellent academic programs and facilities at an affordable price. Superior and our neighbor city of Duluth, Minnesota, form a metro area big enough to provide plenty of internships, jobs and fun.
Our International Student Services staff will work with you to apply to UW-Superior and gain entry to the United States. Once you are on campus, our International Student Services staff will help you resolve any problems you may encounter.
Meet your fellow International Students currently enrolled in the major or have graduated with a Transportation and Logistics Management Major.

For more information about, please email the UW-Superior International Student Services Office.

Meet Your Peers

Our students here at UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Management Major have interned at many different transportation and logistics related companies located nationwide and worldwide. Upon graduation, they have also obtained careers in their field of study. Here you your present and past peers from the UW-Superior's T&L Major and see what they have to say about their experiences.

Jay Baker, Logistics Manager, Lake States Lumber (Graduate '08)
"I oversee our private fleet operations, I oversee our dispatch team, I work with multiple Class 1 railroads to develop reloading options to reduce our transportation costs, I advise the salesmen and buyers on freight to help them save money. I have a great dispatch team and they know who can haul what and where."

Joe Schiff, Transportation and Warehouse Supervisor, Charter Films (Graduate '07)
"I supervise our warehouse and coordinate all of the finished product that leaves the plant. I talk to our customer service representatives, who talk to our customers to figure out what they need. We make sure we get it there effeciently, cost-effectively, and intact."

Alissa LaValley, Transportation Supervisor, Canadian National Railway Company (Graduate '03)
"I am grateful for the opportunity I had on my internship. I worked as an intern for a shortline railroad in their transportation department. Now I am working in the transportation department for a Class I railroad. The program connected me with the right people and the opportunity to get the internship I wanted."

Pamela Davis, International Import Specialist, CH Robinson International (Graduate '03)
"I loved the program.Itwas notthe average college education program that everyone gets. Instead we are pushed above andbeyond the classroom to do research on topics that are coming up both locally and statewide; network with professionals in the fieldto gettheir insight as well as some "words of wisdom"; and do internships with companies in the industry that value your knowledge and want to see you succeed."

Meet the Students who completed an Internship in the summer of 2003... Shahriyor Rakhmatov, Interned at TNT Fireworks (Summer '03)
"I interned with TNT Fireworks in the summer of 2003, at their regional distribution center in Black River Falls, WI, as it was the next tier in learning the proverbial ropes of transportation and distribution. I participated in receiving, storage, packing, outbound shipment, in-transit visibility, resource optimization, inventory handling and many other functions involved in the process. By the end of the summer, I had obtained a Certified Driver's License (CDL) and drove thousands of miles in a 24-foot company Ryder truck throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tiring and pressured as the environment was, there is no better way in my opinion of gaining insight into the dynamics of a massive distribution operation." "The program accommodates the opportunities to acquire quality education of the transportation and logistics field. It is supported by professional instructors who dedicate their time and efforts to provide everything students need on their way to becoming future professionals in an ever-expanding industry. I personally feel lucky to come across this major that has opened numerous doors of opportunities into the world of Transportation & Logistics. The classes have always been thrilling for me with class trips and discussion forums added to the curriculum. The program is flexibly designed to cover all areas of Transportation and Logistics, thus, giving students the necessary foundation to succeed in the future. It is definitely a program worth making an investment into."

Sharmila Iqbal, Interned at DART Intermodal, Eagan, MN (Summer '03)
"All what I have been learning in my transportation classes made sense during my internship. The internship class is a great way to connect class room knowledge to real world situations and also connect students with the appropriate professionals in the industry. I also met some great people at DART who helped me a lot during my internship. Overall, I learned many things that I wouldn't have learned with just a text book."

Connee Kimball, Administrative and Marketing Manager, Natural Resources Engineering Company (Graduate '02)
"The T&L program opened many doors to me in fields that I never dreamt possible. My internship with ARDC in transportation planning was priceless; I was able to use many of the specific transportation related courses in this field of work. Once you have the background you can move in many directions." 

Mary Bowman, Logistics Analyst, Best Buy Corporate (Graduate '01)
"The T & L degree I received from UW Superior has offered me more job opportunities than I ever thought possible. My current position allows me to work in all aspects of my degree... I find it fast moving and never dull!"

Mark Ketola, Transportation Analyst, Midwest Energy Resources (Graduate '01)
"The internship program is a great way to get yourself prepared for the real world. It gave me a feeling of what a person would expect when working in the transportation field. If I had a chance to go back to college, I would major in Transportation and Logistics Management. Without a doubt!"