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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Information and Telecommunication Systems Major (B.S.C.)

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Major code BC5329

Scripps College of Communication
J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems
360 Schoonover Center
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4890
Fax: 740.593.4889

Hans Kruse, contact person

Program Overview

Whenever you use the internet, make a telephone call, or use a cell phone, information network technology is at work. The J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems (ITS) will prepare you and your fellow students for careers in the rapidly growing network field. You’ll learn about the design, management, regulation, and application of information network technology and about the business of acquisition and sales of networking products and services. ITS offers the Bachelor of Science in Communication degree. To earn your degree, you will work with the ITS faculty in the classroom and utilize the School’s extensive laboratory facilities, gaining hands-on experience with the technologies that are revolutionizing the way that individuals, businesses, and governments communicate. You’ll learn about IP networking–the basis of the internet and foundation of communication applications like email, the World Wide Web, and streaming video–and many other new and developing areas: wireless networking, mobile applications, consumer broadband access, network security, personal privacy, to name a few. You’ll study how these technologies integrate into the business world, changing the way businesses operate; internally, with their customers, and with their suppliers. You will also examine the economic and public policy interactions with information technology and the impact of the interactions on how the technology is utilized. The ITS program is one of the few in the country and unique in the state of Ohio.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

GPA of 2.5 is required. Transfers may be limited due to capacity constraints.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The lifeblood of a modern business is its network. This intersection of networking technology and business practices encompasses a wide variety of jobs, and ITS graduates can be found in many different roles. The School’s blend of theoretical study and practical experience continues to prove attractive to employers throughout the United States.

Most ITS graduates work for non-telecom companies that rely on extensive networks, such as insurance companies, banks, or retail companies. Some recent titles are: telecom operations specialist, LAN engineer, network administrator, telecom analyst.

Some ITS grads work for telecom equipment manufacturers or distributors, often in sales or sales support, with titles such as major account manager, sales engineer, account executive, corporate account manager.

Telecom companies have frequent need of the skills of ITS graduates. These positions may involve operational work or sales. A few ITS grads have found careers in consulting.

These well known companies employ ITS grads: Progressive Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, Abercrombie & Fitch, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell, Cisco Systems, NCR, Accenture, Kroger, AT&T, and more. The School’s placement rate is among the highest in the Scripps College of Communication. Our graduates enjoy substantial beginning salaries. A large percentage of ITS graduates are employed by Fortune 500 companies.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication

View the College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication .

Introductory Core Requirements:

Complete the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Non-ITS Requirements

Complete one programming class (MIS or CS) with advisor approval and the following classes outside ITS:

Area of Concentration

With approval of your advisor, complete 4 related courses outside ITS.

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