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IST: Networking

Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: The IST Networking Curriculum is designed to prepare students to design, maintain, install and secure network system infrastructures to include knowledge of operating systems, problem detection/resolution, fault tracking/management, and network operations. This degree program helps prepare students for a career working with networking hardware and software. A series of lecture and laboratory courses are included from the Cisco Systems Networking Academy Program, which will equip students with detailed instruction in network switching and routing and prepare them for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.

Career Opportunities: This associate’s degree in IST Networking will offer students an opportunity to pursue positions as a Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Analyst, or Help Desk Technician. Students will also be able to obtain major industry networking certifications including Cisco CCNA.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Information Systems Technology – Networking requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. All entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

A familiarity with computer equipment and software is also required. Students may satisfy this requirement by passing an approved computer competency examination or by completing and passing ITE 115.

Remediation Strategies: Students should remediate any deficiencies prior to enrollment. Students must remediate English, mathematics and reading deficiencies within the first academic year. Mathematics remediation should become the highest priority.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes required technical courses in information systems and general education courses. Instruction includes theoretical concepts along with hands-on experience required to master the skills needed for successful preparation for employment. Students are urged to consult with an IST faculty advisor in planning the program. Technical/computer classes over five years old cannot be used as transfer credits. In addition, students who have been readmitted into the college must have computer courses that are over five years old re-evaluated.


Degree Requirements Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved course 1
English ENG 111-112 6
Mathematics MTH 163 (recommended) or any math course MTH 120 or higher1 3
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)2 2
Communication BUS 236, CST 100, or CST 110 3

Any course from ART, ENG (Literature) HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or foreign language (PHI 111 recommended)3

Social Sciences Any two courses from ECO3, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY4, or SOC5 6
General Education Requirements   24
IST Program Core: Credits
ITE-100 Introduction to Information Systems 3
ITN-260 Security Basics 3
ITP 100 Software Design 3
ITP-120 JAVA Programming 3
ITP-251 System Analysis and Design 3
IST Core Total   15
Networking Requirements: Credits
ITN-154 Networking Fundamentals – Cisco 4
ITN-155 Introductory Routing – Cisco 4
ITN-156 Basic Switching and Routing – Cisco 4
ITN-157 WAN Technologies – Cisco 3
ITN-171 UNIX-I 3
ITN-200 Network Administration 3
ITN-261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking 4
ITN-263 Intranet/Internet Firewalls and E-Commerce 4
Networking Total Minimum Credits 29
Degree Credits   68

Students graduating from this program must participate in general education outcomes assessment. A superior level of performance on these assessments will be recognized by an award and will be noted on a student’s transcript.

Suggested Scheduling

First Year: Fall

Course Credits
SDV 100 1
ENG 111 3
MTH (see above) 3
ITE 100 3
ITN 154 4
Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits 17

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
ENG 112 3
ITP 100 3
ITN 155 4
ITN 171 3
Communications Elective 3
Total Credits 16

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
HLT or PED 2
ITP 120 3
ITP 251 3
ITN 156 4
ITN 260 3
Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year: Spring

Course Credits
ITN 200 3
ITN 157 3
ITN 261 4
ITN 263 4
Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits 17

1 Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.

2 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

3 ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students should take either ECO 120 or ECO 201-202 unless they plan to take all three courses. Students may not receive credit for ECO 120 if they have already completed both ECO 201 and ECO 202.

4 PSY 200 and PSY 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take PSY 200 cannot receive credit for either PSY 201 or PSY 202. Students who take either PSY 201 or PSY 202 cannot receive credit for PSY 200. Also, students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.

5 SOC 200 and SOC 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take SOC 200 cannot receive credit for either SOC 201 or SOC 202. Students who take either SOC 201 or SOC 202 cannot receive credit for SOC 200.