Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Information & Telecommunication Systems, ECT (VR/AR) Track (B.S.)

Major code BS5400*

Scripps College of Communication  
J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies   
360 Schoonover Center
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4890

Charles P. (“Chip”) Linscott, contact person

Program Overview

Whenever you use the Internet, stream video or music, make a voice call, use your mobile device, or play an online game, information network technology is at work. Advanced network applications like live video, audio, or gaming frequently demand specific services from the network infrastructure. As the transport of advanced network applications increases, networks must understand the nature and specific needs of the traffic they carry, and advanced applications must understand the resources and capabilities available from networks. Cutting-edge applications like live video and gaming are a function of not only the type of data that is being transferred but of the transmission requirements of the information and the location of the information being exchanged. Augmented and virtual reality are two examples of applications that may demand specific services from networks. Such applications also need to know from where the required information can be delivered by the network to the end user. To address this technology transformation, the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Technologies has instituted this separate track within our existing ITS degree. This new track (ECT) is dedicated to emerging communication technologies production, e.g., virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) while also covering information networking and telecommunication systems. Students possessing both networking and content production skills have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The ITS/ECT major allows our students to develop this competitive edge by combining courses that build competency in both networking and content production.

The McClure School will prepare you for a career in the rapidly growing fields of Information and Telecommunication Systems, VR/AR, and Games. To earn your degree, you will work with ITS/ECT faculty in the classroom and will utilize the School’s extensive laboratory facilities, gaining hands-on experience with the technologies that are revolutionizing the ways that individuals, businesses, and governments communicate, learn, and play. You will learn about the design, management, regulation, and application of information network technology; the production, use, and implementation of VR/AR; as well as how businesses acquire and sell such products and services. You will study how these collected technologies are changing the way people do business, consume entertainment, get an education, access healthcare, and go about their daily lives. ECT students also gain a strong foundation in business administration and automatically fulfill the requirements of the Business Administration Minor when completing courses required for the ITS/ECT degree. The ITS/ECT program is one of the few of its kind in the country and entirely unique both in Ohio and around the region.

*This program was previously BC5383 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Communication. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS5400 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

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

Information network technology is the lifeblood of modern business. The intersection of networking technology, VR/AR, 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, production expertise, and practical experience continues to prove attractive to employers, including Fortune 500 companies, throughout the United States.

An ITS/ECT degree provides career opportunities in a variety of settings.  Major companies operate sophisticated business networks, and ITS graduates manage the operations and security of networks at companies in the insurance, banking, consumer product, industrial, government, and retail sectors. Companies that have hired ITS graduates include Progressive Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Kroger, Marathon Petroleum, JP Morgan Chase, Cardinal Health, Fifth Third Bank, Xerox, and Abercrombie & Fitch. VR/AR students have gone on to work for Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney, Bethesda, Microsoft, Unity, and many other major tech and entertainment companies. ITS graduates are also employed in branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and in state and federal government offices.

Further, ITS graduates have found employment at major telecommunication and information service providers or vendors such as AT&T, Cincinnati Bell, CenturyLink, Verizon, Sprint, Cisco Systems, Time Warner Telecom, Level 3 Communications, Microsoft, IBM, EMC, Google, PowerNet Global, and XO Communications. Our students have also acquired positions with consulting companies like Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, PwC, and Capgemini. When combining VR/AR development skills with a focus on managing and engineering networks, overseeing network security, and selling information and telecommunication products and services, McClure graduates have boundless career opportunities.

The School’s placement rate is among the highest in the Scripps College of Communication. Our graduates enjoy substantial starting salaries.


University-wide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

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:

Non-ITS Requirements

Complete the following requirements outside ITS:

Area of Concentration

With approval of your advisor, complete five related courses (14 credit hours) outside of the ITS/ECT prefix with at least 6 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level.