Can you picture yourself working in information technology? Are you interested in learning how to set up and configure both local and wide area computer networks? Do you want to learn how to create systems of computers that work together to provide secure services and applications?

The information and computer technology curriculum prepares students for a career in information technology, computer networking, systems administration, cyber security, and technical management. Course work provides a sound base of information technology fundamentals and advanced work in internet working and client-server information systems. Under the Microsoft Academic Alliance and the Red Hat Academy, all students gain in-depth experience in configuring and maintaining networked operating systems and server applications. Under the Cisco Networking Academy, students gain an in-depth understanding of inter-network technology and experience hands-on practice with Cisco routers and switches.

Students are required to have an internship and to complete a two-semester professional capstone project, both areas that will only help you be competitive with most IT positions. Furthermore, students have the potential to earn up to seven professional certifications that will give an additional boost in the job market.

Students will gain a solid management background while earning this degree. The information and computer technology program provides a wide range of experiences in, and apart from, the technology areas that prepare you to work in the field. This foundation will provide the needed skills to advance in a technology based career.

ECU Advantage

The information and computer technology program prepares the future of IT, be it working for a government agency or a private company. The National Security Agency has recognized this program as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Students in this program often leave with a wealth of professional experiences, certifications, and experiences presenting in front of large groups.

The ICT program has seen its students placed in top government agencies, with defense contractors, in schools and universities, and with top private firms, such as Cisco and Red Hat. The faculty in the information and computer technology program ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the profession immediately with the most up-to-date information and solutions for the IT field. Graduates can expect a median salary range of $55,000 to $69,000, with only a bachelor's degree.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Philip Lunsford (123-C Science and Technology Building; 252-328-9670; lunsfordp@ecu.edu)

Credit toward an information and computer technology major will not be given for any ICTN course with a grade less than C (2.0).

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. 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 or
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PHYS 1260 - General Physics II
  • PHYS 1261 - General Physics Laboratory II
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
2. Lower division core - 24 s.h.
  • ICTN 1500 - Information and Computer Technology Fundamentals
  • ICTN 1501 - Information and Computer Technology Fundamentals Laboratory
  • ICTN 2150 - Network Fundamentals
  • ICTN 2151 - Network Fundamentals Laboratory
  • ICTN 2154 - Digital Communication Systems
  • ICTN 2155 - Digital Communication Systems Laboratory
  • ICTN 2158 - Computer Networking Technology
  • ICTN 2159 - Computer Networking Technology Laboratory
  • ICTN 2510 - Network Environment I
  • ICTN 2511 - Network Environment I Laboratory
  • ICTN 2530 - Network Environment II
  • ICTN 2531 - Network Environment II Laboratory
  • ICTN 2732 - Scripting for Information Technology

  • ITEC 2000 - Industrial Technology Applications of Computer Systems or
  • ITEC 3000 - Internet Tools Technology
3. Upper division core - 26 s.h.
  • ICTN 2900 - Fundamental Network Security
  • ICTN 2901 - Fundamental Network Security Laboratory
  • ICTN 3540 - Network Environment III
  • ICTN 3541 - Network Environment III Laboratory
  • ICTN 4000 - Network Internship
  • ICTN 4020 - Senior Information and Computer Technology Capstone Design Project I
  • ICTN 4022 - Senior Information and Computer Technology Capstone Design Project II
  • ICTN 4040 - Enterprise Information Security
  • IDIS 3790 - Technical Presentations
  • ITEC 3290 - Technical Writing
  • ITEC 3300 - Technology Project Management
4. Concentrations - 12 s.h.

(Choose one.)

    Computer networking concentration:
    • ICTN 3250 - Internetwork Routing Technology
    • ICTN 3251 - Internetwork Routing Technology Laboratory
    • ICTN 4150 - Switching Network Technology
    • ICTN 4151 - Switching Network Technology Laboratory
    • ICTN 4250 - Enterprise Network Security Technology
    • ICTN 4251 - Enterprise Network Security Technology Laboratory
    • ICTN 4590 - Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting
    • ICTN 4591 - Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Laboratory
    Information security concentration:
    • ICTN 4064 - Regulations and Policies
    • ICTN 4200 - Intrusion Detection Technologies
    • ICTN 4201 - Intrusion Detection Technologies Laboratory
    • ICTN 4600 - Enterprise Information Technology Management
    • ICTN 4601 - Enterprise Information Technology Management Laboratory
    • ICTN 4800 - Information Assurance Technologies
    • ICTN 4801 - Information Assurance Technologies Laboratory
    Information technology concentration:
    • ICTN 3900 - Web Services Management
    • ICTN 3901 - Web Services Management Laboratory
    • ICTN 4064 - Regulations and Policies
    • ICTN 4520 - Wireless Communication
    • ICTN 4521 - Wireless Communication Laboratory
    • ICTN 4600 - Enterprise Information Technology Management
    • ICTN 4601 - Enterprise Information Technology Management Laboratory
5. Cognates - 12 s.h.
  • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business

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

  • ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis or
  • ACCT 2101 - Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting or
  • ACCT 2401 - Financial Accounting

  • ITEC 4293 - Industrial Supervision or
  • MGMT 3202 - Fundamentals of Management
6. Approved 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:

    • Information Technology
    • Computer Software Engineers, Applications
    • Communications, Entertainment and Information
    • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
    • Information Technology

    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.