Information Technology: Network Specialist Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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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. 

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 (EET245)
  • Fundamentals of Information Security (CIT230)
  • Introduction to UNIX/Linux (CIT240)
  • System Analysis I (CIT246)
  • Network Administration and Technical Support (CIT272)
  • Systems Programming (CIT241)
  • Web Systems and Technologies (CIT351)
  • Internetworking (CIT270)
  • Network Administration II: Real-time Services (CIT371)
  • Wireless and Mobile Computing (CIT310)
  • Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Storage (CIT441)
  • Convergent Technology and Unified Communication (CIT471)
  • Network Simulation (CIT372)
  • Protocol Vulnerabilities Analysis and Network Defense (CIT375)
  • Information Technology Project Management (MIS350)
  • Advanced Network Administration (CIT445)
  • Network Design and Management (CIT476)
  • Legal Issues in Information Security Management (LAS350)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)

​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.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
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.

Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. 

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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. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

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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Our Leadership

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 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.

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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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.

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 .

  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu