Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems - Networking Concentration

lady at server rack looking at code

CIAT offers an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems.
Learn more about the program below.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration

Program Overview

Program ID:#AASCIS-NC

Program Length: 95 weeks

Program Hours: 73 Semester Hours (420 Lab Hours, 885 Lecture Hours)

The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration Program provides foundational skills required to install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain network systems in business environments. Major topics covered include hardware technologies, operating systems, networking, routing, security, and database management. This program prepares students for careers in a variety of positions including Information Security Technician, LAN Administrator, Junior Network Administrator, Technical Support Specialist, PC Technician and IT Support Team Lead.

As an Applied Science degree, 75% of the program is dedicated to technical classes with only 25% focusing on General Education. With a more concentrated focus on these subjects, the student is more likely to succeed in a career in Information Technology when compared to Associate of Science degree which may require up to 50% to be dedicated to General Education.

Prerequisites:

Must be a High School Graduate or have a GED, be able to use a keyboard, mouse, and the windows operating system.
*Program is eligible for FAFSA funding. 

Program Objective

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration Program, the graduate as a Security Technician, LAN Administrator, Junior Network Administrator, Technical Support Specialist, PC Technician and IT Support Team Lead will be able to:

  • Discuss computer operating systems and hardware fundamentals Perform essential steps in PC installation, configuration, troubleshooting and repair
  • Install, Configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services
  • Discuss network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits within networks and networking environments
  • Perform installation, configuration and troubleshooting of various operating systems and network operating systems
  • Develop a positive social attitude to enhance positive and professional relationships with coworkers and supervisors within a diverse organization
  • Develop analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world problems.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Industry

Outlook

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for information technology workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

Salary

The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $79,700 in May 2016.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Required Classes

Course Requirements – 32 Semester Credits

Introduction

Code

Title

Semester Hours

AASCIS-101A Computer Hardware Fundamentals 4
AASCIS-101B Computer Operating Systems 4
AASCIS-102A Networking Fundamentals, Part 1 4
AASCIS-102B Networking Fundamentals, Part 2 4
AASCIS-120 Network Security 4

Windows Server (MCSA)

Code

Title

Semester Hours

AASCIS-265 Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 4
AASCIS-266 Administering Microsoft Windows Server 4
AASCIS-267 Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services 4

General Education – Minimum 17 Semester Credits Required

General Education – English

6 semester hours required – select/transfer 2 courses

Code

Title

Semester Hours

ENG-100 College Reading and Composition 3
ENG-101 English Composition 3
ENG-150 Oral Communication Skills (Public or Business Speaking)* 3
Eng-201 Literature and the Art of the Narrative 3

General Education – Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

8 semester hours required – select/transfer 2-3 courses

Code

Title

Semester Hours

MTH-101 Intermediate Algebra 3
MTH-105 College Algebra 3
MTH-110 Plane Geometry 3
MTH-120 Trigonometry 3
MTH-150 Pre-Calculus 4
MTH-161 Calculus I 4
MTH-162 Calculus II 4
MTH-163 Calculus III 4
SCI-110 Physics* 3
SCI-120 General Biology 3
SCI-130 Principles of Chemistry 3

General Education – Social and Behavioral Sciences

3 semester hours required  – select/transfer 1 course

Code

Title

Semester Hours

SBS-110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SBS-120 Sociology* 3
SBS-130 History* 3
SBS-140 Geography* 3
SBS-150 Economics* 3
SBS-160 Philosophy* 3
SBS-170 Political Science* 3

*ENG-150, SCI-110, SBS-120, SBS-130, SBS-140, SBS-150, SBS-160 and SBS-170 are not currently available at CIAT but may be transferred in from an accredited institution to meet the General Education requirements.

Electives

6 Elective Courses Required – 24 Semester Credits

Windows Workstation/Server Operating Systems

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-154 Configuring Windows Workstation 4
AASCIS-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud 4
AASCIS-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud 4

Linux Operating Systems (Both courses must be taken if you select this option)

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-230A Installation and Configuration of Linux, Part 1 4
AASCIS-230B Installation and Configuration of Linux, Part 2 4

Intermediate and Advanced Security (Prerequisite – Introduction to Network Security)

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-220 Certified Ethical Hacker 4
AASCIS-221 Advanced Network Security 4
AASCIS-222 Advanced Security Practitioner 4

Virtualization

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-290 Network Virtualization 4

Cisco Networking Associate (Both courses must be taken if you select this option)

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-270A Cisco Configuration, ICND 1 4
AASCIS-270B Cisco Configuration, ICND 2 4

Cisco Networking Associate – Security (Prerequisite – Cisco Configuration ICND 1 and ICND 2)

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-271 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security 4

Cisco Networking Professional (Prerequisite – Cisco Configuration ICND 1 and ICND 2)

Code

Title

Clock Hours

AASCIS-272 Implementing Cisco IP Routing 4
AASCIS-273 Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks 4
AASCIS-274 Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks 4

Gainful Employment

Read more about Gainful Employment here

Tuition & Fees

$42,705 ($585 per unit)

Net Price Calculator

Request
Information*

Please complete the form below, and an admissions advisor will contact you shortly.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
*By submitting this form, you are giving your express written consent for California Institute of Arts & Technology to contact you regarding our educational programs and services using email, telephone or text – including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to any wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase goods or services and you may always call us directly at 877-559-3621. You can opt-out at any time by calling us or responding STOP to any text message.