Information Technology: Network Administration

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 graduates to enter the work force as IT professionals with a special emphasis in networking. A five-course sequence in networking includes network operating systems, directory access protocols, system administration, advanced routing and switching, network security and network design, computer hardware, interoperability, and design. The department has a Cisco-certified academy, and the college has a Pearson Vue testing center. After completing their coursework, students will have a strong foundation to obtain professional certification in the following areas: Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA), CCNA Security, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, CompTIA A+, and Network+. Core courses provide students with a foundation in other areas, including Web server administration, programming, database applications, and microcomputer systems. Additional upper-level courses are provided in oral and written communication, management, and business. A full semester internship is included.

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

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.

TRANSFER 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 transfer rate of 100 percent – 89 percent are employed; 11 percent transferred to continue their education.

Related Programs

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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Information Technology: Network Administration - BTech Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CISY

1023

Intro. to Information Tech.

3

CISY

1123

Intro. Computer Prog. for IT OR

CISY

1113

Intro. to Computer Programming

3

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

ACCT

1124

Financial Accounting

4

MATH

1123

Statistics OR

MATH

2124

Stat. Methods & Analysis

3-4

HPED

xxx1

Physical Education Elective

1

17-18

Second

CISY

4103

Visual Programming & Dev.

3

CISY

2143

Microcomputer Systems I

3

LITR

2603

Intro. to Literature

3

MATH

xxx3

College Algebra or Higher*

3

xxx3

Gen Ed - Soc Science Elective

3

xxx3

Open Elective

3

18

Third

CISY

4033

Networking I

3

CISY

3223

Intro. to Web Page Development

3

CISY

2153

Database Appl and Program I

3

xxx3

Gen Ed - Natural Science

3

xxx3

Gen Ed - Other

3

15

Fourth

CISY

4053

Linux/Unix Admin & Scripting

3

BUAD

3153

Fundamentals of Management

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

xxx3

Professional Elective

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. - Other

3

15

Fifth

CISY

4203

Network Administration

3

xxx3

Open Elective - Upper**

3

xxx3

Concentration Elective

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. - Other

3

xxx3

Open Elective

3

15

Sixth

CISY

5723

Essentials of Info Security

3

CISY

7003

Project Management

3

CISY

6703

Network Design Concepts

3

xxx3

Professional Elective

3

xxx3

Professional Elective

3

15

Seventh

CISY

8303

Software Integration. and Interoperability

3

CISY

8603

Seminar in Critical Issues in IT

3

COMP

5703

Technical Writing

3

xxx3

Professional Elective

3

xxx3

Open Elective - Upper (LA recommended)

3

xxx3

Open Elective

3

18

Eighth

CISY

8712

Information 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

125 credit hours inclusive of physical education course

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

8 general education areas are required with 3 of 5 (art, language, other world civilizations, American history, or western civilization)