The Associate in Science (AS) in Network Systems Technology program offers a sequence of courses that that presents coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as cabling specialists, network control operators, data communications analysts, network technicians, computer security specialists, network specialists, network managers, network systems analysts, network systems technicians, network troubleshooters, WAN/LAN managers, or systems administrators.
The content includes but is not limited to planning, installing, configuring, monitoring, troubleshooting and managing computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students will be prepared to apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to the workplace utilizing technical skills learned during the program.
This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 63 credit hours in the following areas: 18 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 42 credit hours of Network Systems Technology Core, and 3 credit hours of General Electives. The Network Security Certificate is a 30 credit hour certificate that prepares students for entry into employment and is comprised of core courses in the AS Network Systems Technology degree. The Information Technology Support Specialist Certificate is an 18 credit hour certificate that also prepares students for entry into employment and is comprised of core courses in the AS Network Systems Technology degree. As such, either or both can be earned before the student has earned the AS Network Systems Technology degree.
Many courses require prerequisites. Check the description of each course in the list below to check for prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and other restrictions related to the course. Students must complete all prerequisites for a course prior to registering for it.
Students must fulfill all requirements of their program major after which, students must complete an application for graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll in the GRD 2000 course the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of their diploma, and participation in the commencement ceremony.