Information Technology: Network Specialist Concentration
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

This major helps prepare students for a variety of careers related to network design, installation, and maintenance. Specifically, students will be proficient in the technical aspects of a network, including installation, maintenance, monitoring, resource management, user management, and performance issues; have working knowledge in common operating systems including installation, configuration, scripting, user and resource management, troubleshooting and the use of common system utilities; and they will be able to evaluate, analyze, design, manage, administer and troubleshoot networks.

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Program Specs

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About the curriculum


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Special Purpose Labs

Our IT majors are supported by four special purpose computing labs (networking, IT security, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS), with advanced video cards and industry standard software packages. Our lab coordinator also maintains a Linux-based Apache Web server, an Oracle database server, and several GNU/Linux servers.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $74,000 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,270.The top 10 percent earned more than $117,150.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services61,090$39.39$81,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises23,650$37.87$78,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools16,110$32.26$67,100
Elementary and Secondary Schools14,920$30.76$63,970
Employment Services12,870$38.86$80,820

Statistics reported in May 2013

Performance Standards

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Internship Recommendation

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all IT major courses CIT 160 and higher. Specifications

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store and Penn State Computer Store.

Clubs & Activities

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

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Association of Professional Programmers (APP)

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Gamers' Guild

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Information Security Association

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Information Technology Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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