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Networking Specialist

Program Description: The Computer Information Systems – Networking Specialist program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•  Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a complex local area network (LAN).
•  Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a server environment.
•  Students will design and configure a new desktop computer.

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here for CISCO Specialization.  Click Here for Microsoft Specialization.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria.  Click for Entrance Scores.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Networking Specialist, Associate of Applied Science.  Graduates who complete CIST 2451, CIST 2452, CIST 2453, and CIST 2454 are eligible to sit for the Cisco CCNA certification exam.

Credits Required for Graduation: 66 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation



Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 15
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
    Required Course(s):
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
    Required Course(s):
    One Mathematics Course
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor) 3
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
2. Occupational Courses (51 hours)
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  CIST 1001 Computer Concepts 4
  CIST 1122 Hardware Installation and Maintenance 4
  XXXX xxxx CIST Elective Course(s) 14
  XXXX xxxx CIST Operating System Course 3
  XXXX xxxx CIST Security Course 3
  and one of the following (4 hours)
    CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundamentals 4
    CIST 2441 Networking for Home and Small Businesses 4
    CIST 2451 Cisco Network Fundamentals 4
  and one of the following (16 hours)
  CISCO Exploration Specialization (16 hours)
    CIST 2452 CISCO Routing and Switching Essentials 4
    CIST 2453 CISCO Scaling Networks 4
    CIST 2454 CISCO Connecting Networks 4
    and one of the following (4 hours)
      CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks - CISCO 4
      XXXX xxxx CIST Elective 4
  Microsoft Specialization (16 hours)
    CIST 2411 Microsoft Client 4
    CIST 2412 Microsoft Server Directory Services 4
    CIST 2413 Microsoft Server Infrastructure 4
    XXXX xxxx CIST Microsoft Course 4
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