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Information Systems Technology - Networking

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

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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 RequirementsCredits

Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1

English ENG 111-1126

Mathematics MTH 163 (recommended) or any math course MTH 120 or higher 13

Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)22

CommunicationsBUS 236, CST 100, or CST 1103

Humanities 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 SOC56

General Education Requirements24

IST Program Core:

ITE 100Introduction to Information Systems3

ITN 260Security Basics3

ITP 100Software Design3

ITP 120JAVA Programming3

ITP 251System Analysis and Design3

IST Core Total15

Networking Requirements

ITN 154Networking Fundamentals – Cisco4

ITN 155 Introductory Routing - Cisco4

ITN 156 Basic Switching and Routing – Cisco4

ITN 157 WAN Technologies – Cisco3


ITN 200Network Administration3

ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking4

ITN 263 Intranet/Internet Firewalls and E-Commerce4

Networking Total Minimum Credits29

Degree Credits68

Suggested Scheduling

First Year


SDV 1001

ENG 1113

MTH (see above)3

ITE 1003

ITN 1544

Social Science Elective3

Total Credits17

First Year-Spring

ENG 112 3

ITP 100 3

ITN 155 4

ITN 171 3

Communications Elective 3

Total Credits16

Second Year


HLT or PED 2

ITP 120 3

ITP 251 3

ITN 156 4

ITN 260 3

Humanities Elective 3

Total Credits18


ITN 200 3

ITN 157 3

ITN 2614

ITN 263 4

Social Science Elective 3

Total Credits17

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.