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Information Technology: Network Administration

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BTech Degree – Code #1505

Robin Torpey, Program Coordinator
Email address: torpeyrl@alfredstate.edu

The Bachelor of Technology degree in information technology: network administration at Alfred State is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce as an IT professional with a special emphasis in the growing field of networking. After completing the course work, you will have a strong foundation to obtain professional certification in: Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA), CCNA Security, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, CompTIA A+, and Network+. Core courses will also provide you with a foundation in other essential areas, including Web server administration, programming, database applications, and microcomputer systems. And a full-semester internship will give you the hands-on experience employers are looking for.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the information technology: network administration program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Advantages

Due to the solid foundation in all the major fields of information technology, the job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate troubleshooting strategies and techniques with a variety of networking problems.
  • Identify and configure a variety of networking topologies and protocols.
  • Demonstrate effective network operation and management.
  • Install and configure both client and server networking software.
  • Demonstrate effective network design for LAN and WAN.
  • Install and configure Web, database, file, and application servers.
  • Develop and implement effective security and disaster recovery systems and policies.
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation and procedures for network management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
  • Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment.
  • Identify and utilize business principles and problem solving techniques.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees, including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into this degree at the junior level.

Occupational Opportunities

Organizations of all types and sizes need computer professionals. Due to the solid foundation in all the major areas of computer information technology and systems, job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous. They include network administrators, systems analysts, project managers, user support, Web developers, security specialists, IT managers, and technical support staff to name just a few.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21. 

Information Technology: Network Administration - BTech Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed - Soc Science Elective 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3
      15

Second

CISY 2133 Computer Programming II 3
CISY 2143 Microcomputer Systems I 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or Higher* 3
CISY 2153 Database Appl and Programng I 3
      15

Third

CISY 4033 Networking I 3
CISY 3223 Intro to Web Page Development 3
CISY xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
ACCT 1124 Financial Accounting 4
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
  OR    
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
      16-17

Fourth

CISY 4053 Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 3
CISY 4723 Essentials of Info Security 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
CISY xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
CISY 5203 Network Administration 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
      18

Fifth

BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper** 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
      18

Sixth

CISY 7003 Project Management 3
CISY 6703 Network Design Concepts 3
CISY xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
      15

Seventh

CISY 8303 Sftw Intgtn & Interoperability 3
CISY 8603 Seminar Critical Issues in IT 3
  xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper (LAS recommended) 3
  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper 3
      15

Eighth

CISY 8712 Info Technology Internship 12
      12

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

** BUAD 5003 or BUAD 6113 recommended.

GPA of 2.5 or higher required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall; internship is student-initiated.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 124 credit hours
  • 39 credit hours in major field required courses
  • 24 credit hours in professional courses
  • 30 credit hours in liberal arts/general education courses
  • 18 credit hours in core concentration
  • a 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
  • other requirements as stated in college academic regulations
  • 7 general education areas are required with 3 of 5 (art, language, other world civilizations, American history, or western civilization)