Computer Specialist - Network Technology A.A.S. (CST)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

Prepares students who are new to the industry or upgrading an existing skill set for jobs in the networking and telecommunications fields.  Graduates are eligible to take appropriate certification exams and can expect to work as entry-level engineers, administrators, or help desk technicians.  The program has a problem-based learning approach that focuses on the needed skills of design, implementation, and troubleshooting to a variety of implementations and platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Cisco. Our hands-on philosophy starts with ensuring basic understanding from the hardware level up. Students have an opportunity to apply their skills in an internship. Students wishing to obtain certifications will gain a solid foundation in the material covered on the following exams:

• CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+

• MCSA:  Windows Server 2012

• Certified Cisco Administrator (CCNA)

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

  • troubleshoot personal computer hardware and software problems.
  • Install and administer Windows 2012 servers.
  • troubleshoot server issues.
  • demonstrate and apply TCP/IP subnet masking
  • configure network connectivity in IPV.4 and IPV.6.
  • program and configure Cisco routers and switches.
  • implement WAN technologies such as PPP, ISDN, and Frame Relay.
  • analyze security needs and implement solutions.
Computer Specialist - Network Technology A.A.S. (CST)
First Semester (fall)    
BUS 120 Introduction to Business Organizations 3
ENG 105 College English I 3
NET 111 (8wks) A+ Essentials 3
NET 121 (8wks) A+ Practical Application 3
Elective* General Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester    
ENG 106 or
ENG 107**
College English II or
Technical Writing
Elective Social Science or Humanities 3
Elective+ Math 3
NET 129 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 3.5
NET 210 Linux Installation and Administration 3.5
  Semester Total 16
Third Semester (fall)    
NET 139 Administering Windows Server 2012 3.5
NET 149 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 3.5
NET 220 CCNA 1–Introduction to Networks 3.5
NET 225 CCNA 2–Routing & Switching Essentials 3.5
Elective Social Science or Humanities 3
  Semester Total 17
Fourth Semester (spring)    
NET 230 CCNA 3-Scaling Networks 3.5
NET 235 CCNA 4–Connecting Networks 3.5
CFS 155 Network Security 3.5
Elective+ Math or Science 3-5
  Semester Total 13.5-15.5
  Credit Total 61.5-63.5

*CIS 105 must be taken as the general education elective in the first semester unless student receives a score of 90% or better in the pre-test.

**If a student wishes to transfer to a four-year institution, it is strongly suggested they take ENG 106.

***Students intending to transfer to a four-year college or university are advised to consult that institution’s catalog to determine the appropriate mathematics sequence and transferability of courses.