2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Lean Systems

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Lean Systems, Minor Program Checksheet


  • Minor Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose the Lean Systems Minor?

The Lean Systems minor is designed to deliver a comprehensive education for applying lean concepts to various industries: e.g. banks, nonprofits, offices, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing. The classes prepare individuals to lead, manage, and evaluate a continuous improvement system. Students will acquire the skills to apply the lean principles in a complex work environment. This cutting edge approach will provide graduates with highly sought-after capabilities to improve operational & financial performance and monitor growth within any type of organization.

The courses of this Minor focus on:

  1. Integrating the core Lean principles (process efficiency, value stream mapping, kaizen, PDCA, 5S, pull, leveling process stability, standardized work, root-cause problem resolution and A3 Reporting)
  2. Six Sigma (process quality)
  3. Lean culture (skills development)
  4. Lean accounting (value stream performance measurement)
  5. Leadership techniques (employee centric) to assist the organization in achieving and sustaining optimal employee and organization/operational performance. 

Lessons will focus on increasing student's conceptual understanding of the subjects by applying a practical, action learning approach. This collection of coursework is designed to ensure that participants own the skills upon completion. Graduates will be able to differentiate themselves in a market of skilled professionals. 

Career Opportunities

Individuals who acquire the Lean Systems minor possess knowledge of Lean Systems. They are prepared for the following potential occupations: Continuous/Process Improvement Professional/Manager, Quality Improvement Specialist/Leader, Lean Project Alayst, Value Stream Improvement Manager, Operations Analyst/Manager, and many more.

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/Bus 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Lean Systems Minor - 18 Credits

Six Sigma Process Management
Lean Culture & Skills Dvlpmnt
Cost Mgmt. for Lean Systems
Lean Logistics and Supply Mgmt
Choose One:
Lean Svc Enterprse & Leadershp
Lean Manufacturing
Select one course from the following:
Managerial Leadership
Quality-Operations Mgmt
MGMT Internship
1 TO 9
Supply Chain Management
Risk Analysis and Strategy