Computer Networking

This degree gives students the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful in the field of computer networking. Courses cover a range of networking topics including: network operating systems, hardware, web page design, system administration, programming and scripting of administrative tasks, system and network security, network service administration, and interactions with mobile computing platforms.

  • Hardware & Software

    Students get hands-on training in networking hardware and software, and receive the necessary concepts of hardware, software, and network operating systems including UNIX, Novell, and Windows platforms, as well as working with software and hardware products from Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, Debian, Apple, Google, and others.

  • Commercial Products

    Students have the opportunity to participate in the University’s affiliate programs with Microsoft (MSDNAA) and VMware (VMAP) which allow students personal access to many of the full-fledged commercial products produced by these companies free of charge.

  • Industry Standards

    Students are prepared to take industry-standard examinations, such as those established by Cisco, Novell, Linux, A+, and Microsoft.

  • Senior Projects

    Students will have both a sophomore and senior project experience in network administration for a real-world client.

  • Small Class Sizes

    Small class sizes. Most networking classes are less than 20 students. All networking lab sections are less than 15 students. You will know your Professors, and can get help directly from them!

Comprehensive Curriculum

  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming 4
  • CSCI163 Troubleshooting & Repair of Personal Computers 3
  • CSCI211 Database Applications 3
  • CSCI221 Computer Networks 3
  • CSCI223 Advanced Networking I 3
  • CSCI225 Advanced Networking II 3
  • CSCI248 Network Operating Systems I 3
  • CSCI263 Managing Computer Security 3
  • CSCI281 Intro. to UNIX and Networking 3
  • CSCI292 Computer Networking Project 4
  • CSCI348 Network Operating Systems II 3
  • CSCI351 Mobile Applications Development 3
  • CSCI371 Multi-Platform Application Development 3
  • CSCI412 UNIX System Administration 3
  • CSCI422 Network and Computer Security 3
  • CSCI418 Senior Project I 3
    and
  • CSCI419 Senior Project II 3
    or
  • CSCI428 Computer Science Co-operative Education I 3
    and
  • CSCI429 Computer Science Co-operative Education II 3
    or
  • CSCI438 Computer Science Research Project I 3
    and
  • CSCI439 Computer Science Research Project II 3

Support Courses (12 credits)

  • BUSN121 Introduction to Business 3
  • BUSN231 Business Communications 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH207 Princ. of Statistical Methods 3

 

Career Choices

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Technician
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Web Developer

Degrees

  • Computer Networking: Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Networking: Bachelor of Science – Web Development Concentration
  • Internet/Network Specialist : Associate Degree

Job Outlook

The job outlook for a graduate with a Network and Computer Systems Administrators degree is very exciting. Job outlook is 12%, as fast as average and the number of jobs expected between 2012 and 2022 is 42,900. That means there are jobs available now and will continue to grow in numbers in the future.

$86,170

Information Security Analysts*

$72,560

Network and Computer Systems Administrators*

$62,500

Web Developers*

*The median salary in 2012 for the network administrator and related fields.

However, network majors may progress in their career to work in network information security roles. The growth is very bright in this field. The job outlook for a graduate with a Information Security Analysts degree is very exciting. Job outlook is 37%, faster than average and the number of jobs expected between 2012 and 2022 is 27,400. That means there are jobs available now and will continue to grow in numbers in the future.

Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015