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.
A laptop computer is required for students entering the information technology: network administration program. See laptop specifications .
- Demonstrate troubleshooting strategies and techniques with a variety of networking problems.
- Identify and configure a variety of networking topologies and protocols.
- Demonstrate effective network operation and management.
- Install and configure both client and server networking software.
- Demonstrate effective network design for LAN and WAN.
- Install and configure web, database, file and application servers.
- Develop and implement effective security and disaster recovery systems and policies.
- Develop and maintain technical documentation and procedures for network management.
- Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
- Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment.
- Identify and utilize business principles and problem solving techniques.
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.
Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 1910, (215) 662-5606.
- Emphasizes network administration, installation, design, internetworking, interoperability, and troubleshooting
- Contains good foundation in the IT area as well as management courses
- Full semester internship is required
- Newly updated labs provide state-of-the-art hands-on experience
- Two networking labs, one systems lab, and four general purpose labs
Articulation agreements for many community colleges in Western New York are being developed.
- 125 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)
Organizations of all types and sizes need computer professionals. Due to the solid foundation in all the major areas of computer information technology and systems, job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous. They include network administrators, systems analysts, project managers, user support, Web developers, security specialist, IT managers, and technical support staff, to name just a few.
Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into this degree at the junior level.
Network administration majors take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester and spend around 20 hours per week in the classroom or lab. Average class size is under 25 with most networking classes limited to 16. Most courses in the Information Technology Department consist of 50-50 mix of classroom and lab instruction. Some students also meet with faculty during office hours and work on lab assignments during daytime and evening open lab hours.
|CISY ||1023 ||Intro to Information Tech||3|
|CISY ||1123 ||Intro Computer Prog for IT OR|
|CISY ||1113 ||Intro to Computer Prog||3|
|COMP ||1503 ||Freshman Composition||3|
|ACCT ||1124 ||Financial Accounting||4|
|MATH ||1123 ||Statistics OR|
|MATH ||2124 ||Stat Methods & Analysis||3-4|
|HPED ||xxx1||Physical Education Elective||1|
|CISY ||4103 ||Visual Prog & Dev||3|
|CISY ||2143 ||Microcomputer Systems I||3|
|LITR ||2603 ||Intro To Literature||3|
|MATH ||xxx3||College Algebra or Higher*||3|
|||xxx3||Gen Ed - Soc Science Elective||3|
|CISY ||4033 ||Networking I||3|
|CISY ||3223 ||Web Page Development||3|
|CISY ||2153 ||Database Appl and Program I||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed - Natural Science||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed - Other||3|
|CISY ||4053 ||Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting||3|
|BUAD ||3153 ||Fund of Management||3|
|SPCH ||1083 ||Effective Speaking||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed Elective - Other||3|
|CISY ||4203||Network Administration||3|
|xxx3||Open Elective - Upper**||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed - Other||3|
|CISY  ||5723  ||Essentials of Info Security||3|
|CISY ||7003 ||Project Management||3|
|CISY ||6703 ||Network Design Concepts||3|
|CISY ||8303 ||Software Integr & Interoperability||3|
|CISY ||8603 ||Seminar in Critical Issues in Info Technology||3|
|COMP  ||5703  ||Technical Writing||3|
|xxx3||Upper Level Professional Elective||3|
|xxx3||Upper Level Liberal Arts Elective||3|
|CISY ||8712 ||Information Technology Internship***||12|
*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.
**BUAD 5003 or BUAD 6113 recommended.
***GPA of 2.5 or higher required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall; internship is student-initated.
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