Major in Computer Networks and Security

Students may seek an academic major in computer networks and security.

The computer networks and security major helps prepare students to enter or advance in computer networking fields where industry-standard certifications are commonly used to show skills or knowledge level and are considered essential in hiring and promotion decisions. The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies needed to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot enterprise-level networks. The major helps prepare students for careers as network managers, systems administrators, and network security analysts. It is designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with the benefits of hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology. The computer networks and security curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills, superior general education knowledge, and breadth of knowledge in the information technology field, particularly in networks and security.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in computer networks and security should be able to

  • Design, implement, and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals.
  • Resolve information technology (IT) system problems and meet the needs of end-users by applying troubleshooting methodologies.
  • Apply relevant policies and procedures to effectively secure and monitor IT systems.
  • Meet organizational goals in completing individual and team assignments using effective workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principles.
  • Effectively communicate IT knowledge to diverse audiences using a wide range of presentation modalities.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in computer networks and security requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major, 41 credits in general education requirements, and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above), and 18 credits in courses designated CMIT.

Requirements for the Computer Networks and Security Major

Coursework for a major in computer networks and security includes the following:

  • Required foundation courses (6 credits): CMIT 202 and 265
  • Required core courses (9 credits): CMIT 320, 350, and 369
  • Supplemental major courses (15 credits): Any upper-level CMIT courses (Note: Taking courses within a single topic area—Microsoft, Cisco, digital forensics or security—is highly recommended.)
  • Required capstone course (3 credits): CMIT 495

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in computer networks and security. Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Computer Networks and Security Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning (3)
    (strongly recommended as first course)
  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4) 
    or
    other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
    or other computing course
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 202 Fundamentals of Computer Troubleshooting (3)
  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • Coursework for the major CMIT 265 Fundamentals of Networking (3)
  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
  • HIST 125 Technological Tranformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • Coursework for the major CMIT 320 Network Security (3)
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 350 Interconnecting Cisco Devices (3)
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 369 Windows Server Installation and Configuration (3)
  • WRTG 393 Advanced Technical Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 364 Windows Desktop Operating Systems (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 370 Administering Windows Server (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 371 Configuring  Advanced Windows Server Services (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 372 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (3)
    or other supplemental computing course for the major
  • Coursework for the major CMIT 373 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (3)
    or other supplemental computing course for the major

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in the last 15 credits)

  • Coursework for the major CMIT 495 Current Trends and Projects in Computer Networks and Security (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (43)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)

Recommended Minors

Business administration, cybersecurity, or information systems management

Recommended Electives
  • IFSM 304 Ethics in Information Technology
  • MATH 140 Calculus I
    or other calculus course (for students planning to go on to graduate school: students should note prerequisites)
 

Total credits for BS in computer networks and security: 120

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