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.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.

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Classes

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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

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for positions that may include systems administrators/analysts, network architects, data communications analyst, information systems administrators, software development engineers, network administrators, and related positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $81,100 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $130,200.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services71,630$44.43$92,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises27,540$42.66$88,740
Telecommunications18,000$44.55$92,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools14,020$36.64$76,210
Elementary and Secondary Schools14,000$33.65$70,000

Statistics reported in May 2017

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Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Information Technology: Network Specialist Concentration major (those courses with the alpha-designators BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Transfer Procedures

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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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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Information Technology Advisory Committee

  • 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
  • Mr. Jonah P Gregory, '03, Chief Technology Officer, Euro Optic LTD
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Daniel F Grim, Regional Director, Program Management, Johnson Controls
  • 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 at SANS Institute

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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