Computer Networking

The Computer Networking Degree Program is designed to take a student with little or no information technology experience and prepare them for entry-level work in computer networking. The degree prepares the student for the foundational CCNA certification and provides the student with skills needed to implement, maintain, and administer multi-layer switched and scalable internetworks. Students will learn to design and configure LANs and WANs, install network hardware and software, understand and configure network topologies, construct and install cabling
solutions, manage user accounts, monitor and analyze network performance, and perform basic troubleshooting. Students will also be introduced to information assurance fundamentals and technologies.

The computer networking profession is growing extremely rapidly as global dependence on interconnectedness increases. This program fills the critical gap between the skills that are needed by today’s new students and workers that need to be retrained for careers in this field. Upon completion, students will be prepared for an entry-level networking administration position, advancement in their current position, or transfer to a four-year IT program.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of information technology and information systems and their importance and impact in business and society
  2. Identify and describe basic communication technologies, devices, and components used in Local and Wide Area Networks
  3. Identify and describe various types of analog and digital communication transmission media including coax, twisted pair, fiber, and wireless media
  4. Demonstrate the use of appropriate tools to assist with administering and troubleshooting computers, media, and devices on a network
  5. Setup, configure, and administer network servers and client workstations in workgroups and domain based networks
  6. Identify and describe the layers and functions of the TCP/IP stack and the OSI reference model
  7. Design, build, and manage multilayer-switched networks and scalable internetworks using routers, switches, hubs, computers, servers, transmission
    media, network protocols, and network security
  8. Apply comprehensive theoretical knowledge, problem-solving skills, and ethical principles to address case studies and practical applications in
    networking and information technology
CST* 201 Introduction to MIS  3
CST* 231 Data Communication & Networking I  3
ENG* 101 Composition  3
MAT* 184 Trigonometry with Embedded Algebra  4
 ___ ___ Social Science Elective °  3
CST* 171 LAN System Management  3
CST* 281 Data Communication & Networking II  3
  ___ ___ Business °°, CSA*, CSC*, or CST* Elective  3
COM* 173
BBG* 210
ECN* 102
Public Speaking OR
Business Communications OR
Principles of Microeconomics+
ENG* 102 Composition and Literature  3
THIRD SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
CST* 264 Unix/Linux System Administration  3
CST* 282 Data Communication & Networking III  3
BBG* 202
BMK* 201
Principles of Management OR
Principles of Marketing
  ___ ___ Social Science Elective ° ° °  3
  ___ ___ Science Elective ° ° ° °  3-4
FOURTH SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
CST* 231 Data Communication & Networking IV  3
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics  3
ACC* 115
BBG* 294
Principles of Financial Accounting OR
Business Internship
  ___ ___ Humanities Elective++  3
  ___ ___ Fine Arts Elective+++  3
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
 + Strongly recommended
++ ENG 200-level Literature strongly recommended
+++ ART 101 strongly recommended
° PSY 111 or SOC 101 strongly recommended
° ° BBG 202 or BMK 201 strongly recommended
° ° ° ECN 101 strongly recommended
° ° ° ° PHY 111 or CHE 111 or CHE 121 strongly recommended
Opportunities to earn credits through Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) may be available for some courses in this program. Please consult your counselor or faculty advisor for more information.

Saaid Elhadad
Saaid Elhadad
Program Coordinator
Computer Networking
Room 607
(860) 906-5135
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