Network Administration & Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student working in computer lab

About this program

From schools and hospitals to IT companies, many organizations rely on specialists to keep their networks running smoothly and safely. Here, you’ll take away the advanced skillset needed to design, install, manage, and troubleshoot networks. And tap into all the technical aspects from network installation, monitoring, and maintenance to resource allocation, user management, and performance optimization. 

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

94%

Overall Placement

4

Specialized Computer Labs

Technical Plus Business Skills

Careers

  • Network architects or engineers
  • Information systems administrators
  • Network administrators or analysts
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Programming (CIT160)
  • Networking I (EET145)
  • Introduction to Database (CIT180)
  • Programming II (CIT260)
  • Networking II (EET247)
  • Fundamentals of Information Security (CIT230)
  • Introduction to UNIX/Linux (CIT240)
  • Systems Administration (CIT273)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Systems Programming (CIT241)
  • Directed Networking Elective (BNE)
  • System Analysis I (CIT246)
  • Server Administration (CIT355)
  • Network Administration II: Real-time Services (CIT371)
  • Network Defense (IAS312)
  • Network Simulation (CIT372)
  • Virtualization, Storage & Cloud Computing (CIT343)
  • Wireless and Mobile Computing (CIT310)
  • Multi-Platform Architecture (CIT448)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)
  • Project Management in IT (CIT485)
  • Legal Issues in Information Security Management (LAS350)
  • Network Design and Management (CIT476)
  • Advanced Topics in Networking (CIT449)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)

What's the difference between Information Technology and Computer Science?

Computer science is more theoretical, with increased math requirements. Many tend to focus on programming or cutting-edge computing, like artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

IT is focused on supporting the user. It is more people-focused, making the tools of computing accessible to fit the needs of people and organizations, as well as creating computing tools and systems to meet the user's needs.

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Women In STEM

What does it take to succeed in a STEM career? Curiosity. Critical thinking. A can-do spirit. And an educational experience that meets your passion head-on. Here, you’ll meet a community of innovators. Future pioneers who are learning by doing. Breathing new life into old concepts. Testing theories. And breaking barriers. Because the more you explore, the more you grow. And the bigger difference you can make.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Mar 3

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, March 39:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 8

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, March 89:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 8

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, March 89:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 10

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Wednesday, March 109:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 15

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Monday, March 159:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 17

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Wednesday, March 179:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 17

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Wednesday, March 179:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 22

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Monday, March 229:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 22

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Monday, March 229:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 24

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Wednesday, March 249:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 24

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Wednesday, March 249:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 29

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Monday, March 299:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 29

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Monday, March 299:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 31

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Wednesday, March 319:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 31

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, March 319:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 5

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, April 59:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 5

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, April 59:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 7

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, April 79:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 7

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, April 79:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 12

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Monday, April 129:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 12

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, April 129:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 14

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, April 149:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 14

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, April 149:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 19

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Monday, April 199:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 19

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Monday, April 199:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

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Wednesday, April 219:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

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Wednesday, April 219:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

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Monday, April 269:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

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Monday, April 269:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

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Wednesday, April 289:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Information Technology

Wednesday, April 289:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Your knowledge in practice

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Facilities

IT Labs

Apply theory to the real thing in our specialized IT labs. Here, you’ll have access to both physical and virtual labs designed for networking, IT security, operating systems, and gaming. Apply the principles of ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and digital forensics in both physical and virtual environments. Labs also allow students to create 3D models, investigate hypervisors, build networks from bare metal to full production, and simulate a host of applications and network configurations.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

 

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Our student chapter of ACM serves as the college's "computer club" as well as a common ground for all those who wish to supplement their education with topics prevalent in the world of computing technology today. 

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Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Faculty Story

Lisa Bock, associate professor of computer information technology, not only teaches students, but has literally written the book for IT professionals.

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More Information

Students must complete all required courses in the major (those with the alpha-designators CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher. Additionally, any course approved for use as a networking elective must also be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the major.

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A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology major courses CIT 160 and higher. Laptop specifications

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

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. James R Ankers, CISSP, CISA, IT Specialist (INFOSEC), United States Navy
  • Mr. Daniel J Clarke, '07, Senior Solutions Architect, Arraya Solutions
  • Mr. Peter Codispoti, '73, Senior Systems Analyst, Furniture Division, Brodart
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Brandon J Howe, '01, Sr. IT Analyst, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • Dr. Karl M Kapp, Assistant Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies, Bloomsburg University
  • Dr. Krish Pillai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Lock Haven University
  • Mr. Mark J Watson, '85, Administrative Director, Corporate Information Technology, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Benjamin Wright, Attorney, Instructor, SANS Institute