Information Technology - Network Administration (BTech)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Technology (BTech)
Academic Department Info: 

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 application, 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. See laptop specifications.

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.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.


Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 1910, (215) 662-5606.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Emphasizes network administration, installation, design, internetworking, interoperability, and troubleshooting
  • Contains good foundation in the IT area as well as management courses
  • Full semester internship is required
  • Newly updated labs provide state-of-the-art hands-on experience
  • Two networking labs, one systems lab, and four general purpose labs
Articulation Agreements: 

Articulation agreements for many community colleges in Western New York are being developed.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 125 credit hours inclusive of physical education courses
  • 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)
Career 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 specialist, IT managers, and technical support staff, to name just a few.

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.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Network administration majors take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester and spend around 20 hours per week in the classroom or lab. Average class size is under 25 with most networking classes limited to 16.  Most courses in the Information Technology Department consist of 50-50 mix of classroom and lab instruction.  Some students also meet with faculty during office hours and work on lab assignments during daytime and evening open lab hours. 

First Semestercredits
CISY1023Intro to Information Tech3
CISY1123Intro Computer Prog for IT OR 
CISY1113Intro to Computer Prog3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
ACCT 1124Financial Accounting4
MATH1123Statistics OR 
MATH2124Stat Methods & Analysis3-4
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
Second Semestercredits
CISY4103Visual Prog & Dev3
CISY2143Microcomputer Systems I3
LITR2603Intro To Literature3
MATHxxx3College Algebra or Higher*3
 xxx3Gen Ed - Soc Science Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
Third Semestercredits
CISY4033Networking I3
CISY3223Web Page Development3
CISY2153Database Appl and Program I 3
 xxx3Gen Ed - Natural Science3
 xxx3Gen Ed - Other3
Fourth Semestercredits
CISY4053Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting3
BUAD3153Fund of Management3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective - Other3
 xxx3Professional Elective 3
Fifth Semestercredits
CISY4203Network Administration3
 xxx3Open Elective - Upper**  3
 xxx3Concentration Elective3
 xxx3Gen Ed - Other3
 xxx3Open Elective3
Sixth Semestercredits
CISY 5723 Essentials of Info Security3
CISY7003Project Management3
CISY6703Network Design Concepts3
 xxx3Professional Elective3
 xxx3Professional Elective3
Seventh Semestercredits
CISY8303Software Integr & Interoperability3
CISY8603Seminar in Critical Issues in Info Technology3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing3
 xxx3Upper Level Professional Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Upper Level Liberal Arts Elective3
Eighth Semestercredits
CISY8712Information Technology Internship***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-initated.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees111318
Responding to Survey9 (82%)9 (69%)14 (78%)
Employed8 (89%)9 (100%)14 (100%)
Employed in Field8 (100%)9 (100%)14 (100%)
Transferred1 (11%)----
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,000 (1)
$30,000 - $39,999 (3)
Prefer not to disclose (10)