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BTech Degree – Code #1505

Robin Torpey, Program Coordinator
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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.


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.

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

Required Course Prerequisites

If students do not place into MATH 1033 College Algebra, MATH 1084 Calculus I, MATH 1323 Quantitative Reasoning, 1034 College Algebra of Functions, 1054 Precalculus, or 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis, then MATH 1014 Algebra Concepts is a required prerequisite for completion of the major.

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 2 laptop computer is required for students entering the information technology: network administration program. Laptop specifications are available at

Information Technology: Network Administration - BTech Degree



CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3


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


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
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4


CISY 4053 Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 3
CISY 4723 Essentials of Info Security 3
CISY 5203 Network Administration 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Natural Science Elective 3


BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
CISY xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Professional Elective - Upper 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3


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


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


CISY 8712 Info Technology Internship 12

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of three 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.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.


  • 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
  • Seven general education areas are required, including three of the following five: art, language, other world civilizations, American history, or western civilization