Can you picture yourself in the challenging and dynamic field of industrial distribution and logistics? Are you interested in challenging yourself using critical thinking to provide the best movement and distribution of products and services throughout the world?

In today’s environment of global competition and changing technology, the industry needs trained professionals with broad skills-the kind developed by our bachelor of science in industrial distribution and logistics program.

Industrial distribution and logistics encompasses all the elements of the supply chain, from raw materials to the final customer, and all of the transportation methods throughout the supply chain. Distribution and logistics managers coordinate the movement of goods, services, and information throughout the world. Distribution and logistics is an important segment of the economy worldwide. In the United States alone, distribution of industrial products is a four-trillion-dollar business, more than 10 percent of the gross national product.

In East Carolina’s bachelor of science in industrial distribution and logistics program, you will build a solid foundation for a career by studying a variety of functions performed by distributors such as supply chain management, warehousing, transportation, industrial sales, inventory management, strategic pricing, and purchasing.

ECU Advantage

Course work in the program is supported in our Industrial Distribution Simulation Laboratory, where students gain real-world experience in problem-solving. Students can also earn an "SAP Student Recognition Award" for experience with SAP enterprise resource planning software.

Students in the program work with faculty who possess a wealth of industrial and workplace experience in key supply chain areas. To maintain their skills in this dynamic field, the faculty continue to conduct research and consult with business and industry. Their background and experience are brought into the classroom to provide state-of-the-art content on solving real-world problems and projects.

Our students graduate with a certification in transportation and logistics (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and the Distributor Sales Level 1 Certification from Sales and Marketing Executives. The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) accredits our program.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Mark Angolia (405 Science and Technology Building; 252-737-1036; angoliam@ecu.edu)

The industrial distribution and logistics, BS degree program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
2. Core - 57 s.h.
  • IDIS 2771 - Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
  • IDIS 2830 - ERP Systems for Distributors
  • IDIS 3700 - Transportation Logistics
  • IDIS 3790 - Technical Presentations
  • IDIS 3795 - Distributor Sales and Branch Management
  • IDIS 3796 - Distributor Sales and Branch Management Laboratory
  • IDIS 3815 - Supply Chain Logistics
  • IDIS 3835 - Security and Risk Analysis for Distributors
  • IDIS 3840 - Procurement Logistics and Inventory Control
  • IDIS 3850 - Warehousing and Materials Handling
  • IDIS 3851 - Warehousing and Materials Handling Laboratory
  • IDIS 4600 - Strategic Global Sourcing for Distributors
  • IDIS 4785 - Strategic Pricing for Distributors
  • IDIS 4790 - Global Logistics
  • IDIS 4800 - Distribution and Logistics Internship
  • IDIS 4802 - Distribution and Logistics Research
  • ITEC 3290 - Technical Writing
  • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
  • ITEC 3300 - Technology Project Management
  • ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis
  • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
3. Cognates - 12 s.h.
  • ACCT 2101 - Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business

  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business or
  • ITEC 3200 - Introduction to Statistical Process Control

  • ITEC 2000 - Industrial Technology Applications of Computer Systems or
  • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • "Industrial Distributions and Logistics"
    • 1. Business to Business Sales
    • 2. Distribution Branch Manager
    • 3. Fleet Manager
    • 4. Logistics/Transportation Mgr
    • 5. Logistics Analyst
    • 6. Procurement/Purchasing Agent/Buyer
    • 7. Scheduling and Planning Associate
    • 8. Supply Chain Analyst
    • 9. Transportation Analyst
    • 10. Transportation Broker
    • 11. Warehouse/Distribution Ctr Supervisor
    • "Industrial Technology"
    • 1. Application Engineer
    • 2. Distribution and Logistics Manager
    • 3. Industrial Technolog/Technicians
    • 4. Manufacturing Engineer
    • 5. Network Engineer
    • 6. Project Manager
    • 7. Quality Assurance Manager

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.