The Bachelor of Technology degree in information technology: network administration at Alfred State is designed to prepare graduates to enter the work force as IT professionals with a special emphasis in networking. A five-course sequence in networking includes network operating systems, directory access protocols, system administration, advanced routing and switching, network security and network design, computer hardware, interoperability, and design. The department has a Cisco-certified academy and the college has a Pearson Vue testing center. After completing their coursework, students will have a strong foundation to obtain professional certification in the following areas: Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA), CCNA Security, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, CompTIA A+, and Network+. Core courses provide students with a foundation in other areas including Web server administration, programming database application, and microcomputer systems. Additional upper-level courses are provided in oral and written communication, management, and business. A full semester internship is included.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations:
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
128 credit hours inclusive of physical education courses
39 credit hours in major field required courses
24 credit hours in professional courses
30 credit hours in liberal arts/general education courses
18 credit hours in core concentration
a 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
other requirements as stated in College academic regulations
8 general education areas are required with 3 of 5 (art, language, other world civilizations, American history or western civilization)