Program Code: AASNI
Associate in Applied Arts and Science
Computer technology has produced amazing devices, but it is the ability for those devices to communicate that has dramatically changed business and society. This degree program focuses on the networking infrastructure - the “connections” that make this possible.
Students in the Associate in Applied Arts and Science Networking Infrastructure program complete a selection of courses examining and working with various network infrastructure components such as network device configuration, network operating systems, local and wide area networks, analysis and troubleshooting tools, security and network design. Many topics within this program align with the objectives for industry recognized certifications. These courses help prepare students for certifications including CompTIA’s A+, Network+, and Security+, as well as Cisco’s CCENT and CCNA. Students are encouraged to seek those certifications in addition to their college coursework. Students already holding recognized industry credentials may be able to earn college credit toward their degree.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to apply for in-demand jobs such as Computer Network Specialist, IT Consultant, Network Engineer, Network Support Specialist and Network Technician. Graduates also have opportunities to continue into bachelor’s degree programs, including some programs where, with careful planning, students can complete up to 90 credits at SC4 and the remaining credits (30-36) either online or on campus at the four-year institution.
College credit may be given for earned industry certifications. The list can be found here.
When students complete this program, they will be able to:
- be prepared to pass at least one entry-level networking certification based on practice test scores.
- build and configure a working local area network, including cabling, DNS, DHCP, and firewall/DMZ and domain controller.
- be prepared to pass at least one mid-level networking certification based on practice test scores.
- manage a complex, real-world project.
- work in a group to create a functional, real-world network design.
- communicate professionally, both in writing and verbally, about computing and business concepts using technical terms effectively.