Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology (Formerly Industrial Technology Program)

The BS degree program in Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology (formerly Industrial Technology) is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The nationally accredited degree program offers curriculum where students can choose courses in the area of electronics, computer hardware/software, computer networking, and cybersecurity, network forensics, cybersecurity policy and regulations.

Mission Statement

To offer student-centered learning environment that prepares individuals for professional careers in the technical and management areas of computer networking/cybersecurity and related fields by offering a curriculum that provides a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of computer networking technology topics. 

Program Goals

Short Range Goals:

  1. Recruitment of students of high academic quality through aggressive and consistent outreach programs and opportunities to participate in faculty funded research.
  2. Retention of students through nurturing academic environment conducive to student-centered learning and creating student friendly atmosphere.
  3. Develop or use certification exams and/or major field tests (MFT) to meet immediate industry needs.
  4. Implement course outcomes-based assessment to validate competencies in each course offered in CNCT program.
  5. Partner with industry to provide our students with the state-of-the art laboratory facilities and field trip experience.
  6. Integrate technology in courses to improve student engagement and interaction. 

Long Range Goals:

  1. Assure that the CNCT at ECSU is relevant by maintaining program accreditation.
  2. Refinement of courses around learning objectives, course outcomes, and program outcomes for all courses offered in Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology program at ECSU.
  3. Offer a large number of courses that are web-enhanced, hybrid or online.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • SLO1: CNCT students will communicate effectively in both individual and team situations using both oral and written communications.
  • SLO2: CNCT students will apply introductory knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and psychology principles to solve practical technology problems.
  • SLO3: CNCT students will use the computer proficiently as well as information technology to technical and management problems.
  • SLO4: CNCT students will have knowledge of current industry practices, safety, basic technical skills that will facilitate advancement of the individual in the Information Technology professions.
  • SLO5: CNCT students will have knowledge of contemporary business practices and will demonstrate the principles of management in the public and private sectors.
  • SLO6: CNCT students will apply advanced technical skills in contemporary industrial practices related to his or her specialization.

Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology Student Performance & Achievements

Average GPA for Industrial Technology Graduates/Majors
2012-13 2.72
2011-12 2.67
2010-11 2.51
2009-10 2.89
2008-09 2.97
Fall 13 2.52
Fall 12 2.48
Fall 11 2.50
Fall 10 2.41
Fall 09 2.42
6 yr Graduation Rates (Cohort)*
2003 (completed 08-09) 39%
2004 (completed 09-10) 31%
2005 (completed 10-11) 38%
2006 (completed (11-12) 22%
2007 (completed 12-13) 22%

* - based on # of freshman who declared Ind. Tech as a major

Average number of semesters to complete Ind. Tech program = 9.8 semesters

Average starting salary of Program graduates: 37,000/year

Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology Degree Requirements

  • General Education Requirements (47 Credit Hrs)
  • Major Core Course Requirements (50 Credit Hrs)
  • Related Course Requirements (12 Credit Hrs)
  • Technical Elective Requirements (18 Credit Hrs)

Any technical course offered in the department or course in a related field from another department can be taken as Technical Elective.

Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Technology Curriculum Guide

Program Assessment Measures:

  1. Major Field Test/Certification Exam
  2. Senior Capstone Project (Oral, Written, and Technical)