Program Mission: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program is to provide an applied distribution and logistics education for careers in operations, business to business sales, and transportation and logistics. The program will develop technical, analytical, business, and communication skills required for professional and organizational success.
Distribution and Logistics represents professions in the workplace concerned with the movement and delivery of goods and services throughout the world. At ECU, this program provides a unique combination of coursework that prepares students for successful careers in a range of challenging areas.
- Graduates utilize appropriate analytical tools to provide solutions for logistical, relational, and operational problems within a supply chain, distribution system or customer service system.
- Graduates design and implement systems to integrate information, facilities, people, technology, and other resources in an economic manner, while maintaining respect for ethical, environmental, health, safety, social and political issues.
- Graduates are competent at selling themselves, their products and their ideas.
- Graduates continuously improve the processes and the systems that are used to deliver products and services to their customers.
- Graduates engage in life-long learning.
- Graduates are effective team members and team leaders on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Graduates communicate technical product information and business concepts in an effective manner through the use of graphics, oral presentations and written documents.
- Graduates will exhibit an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and up-to-date tools for their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit an ability to analyze, design, optimize, and maintain systems or processes appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to adapt to emerging applications of technology appropriate to their discipline.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to communicate effectively.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to function effectively on teams.
- Graduates will recognize the need for, and exhibit the ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to understand professional, ethical, global, and social responsibilities.
- Graduates will exhibit respect for diversity and the knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues.
- Graduates will exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Courses cover areas of the distribution and logistics industry including:
- Sales and Branch Operations
- Supply Chain Management
- Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
- Warehousing and Materials Handling
- Inventory Management
- Quality Assurance
- Transportation of Goods
- Global Logistics
- Enterprise Resource Planning
The course work is supported in our Distribution Simulation Laboratory which provides real world experience in warehouse operations, bar coding, RFID, and materials handling!
We are long time members of the SAP University Alliance, utilizing a live SAP environment to enhance the capabilities of our students by providing experiential learning with a software from a global leader in enterprise software.
Specialized Internships/Co-Op Experiences
Students are also required to complete an internship or co-op experience which enables them to work with companies to help solve distribution and logistics issues. This allows them to spend a semester working with management in solving real-world issues in a particular facility. Students present their findings to upper management and faculty at the end of the semester and create a portfolio to show their success.
Faculty like Family
The Distribution and Logistics faculty work hard to make sure its family of students has the education needed to become graduates capable of working effectively in today's exciting and competitive industry.
Student OrganizationsPAID: Professional Association of Industrial Distribution
This is a student organization at ECU that promotes student relations and involvement with Industrial organizations. PAID members are offered an outstanding education and a unique opportunity to succeed in the career fields of Distribution and Logistics.
Other organizations that Distribution and Logistics students are encouraged to join include:
- APICS: The Association for Operations Management
- ASTL: American Society of Transportation and Logistics Our students can receive the ASTL-CTL certification upon graduation.
- CSCMP: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
- ISM: Institute of Supply Management
- WERC: Warehousing Education and Resource Council