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

Attention 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 IPv4 and IPv6.
  • program and configure Cisco routers and switches.
  • implement WAN technologies such as PPP, ISDN, and Frame Relay.
  • analyze security needs and implement solutions.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BUS 120 Introduction to Business Organization 3
ENG 105 Research and Composition  3
NET 113 A+ Techincal Support 3
Elective* General Education 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 107** Writing in the Workplace 3
Elective Social Science or Humanities 3
MAT 118** Business and Financial Mathematics 3
NET 129 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 3.5
Elective Free Elective 3
Semester Total 15.5
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
NET 139 Administering Windows Server 2012 3.5
NET 220 CCNA 1–Introduction to Networks (1st 7 weeks) 3.5
NET 225 CCNA 2–Routing & Switching Essentials (2nd 7 weeks) 3.5
Elective Social Science or Humanities 3
CFS 155 Network Security 3.5
Semester Total 17
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
NET 149 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 3.5
NET 230 CCNA 3-Scaling Networks (1st 7 weeks) 3.5
NET 235 CCNA 4–Connecting Networks (2nd 7 weeks) 3.5
Elective Science 3-5
Net 210 Linux Installing and Configuration 3.5
Semester Total 17-19
Credit Total 64.5

*General Education Elective - CIS 105 must be taken in the first semester unless student has passed the CIS 105 challenge exam to receive credit.
**Students intending to transfer to a four-year college or university are advised to consult that institution’s catalog to determine the appropriate mathematics and English sequence and transferability of courses.

Students Occupationally and Academically Ready