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, performance issues and security; 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, secure, administer and troubleshoot networks. Students will be exposed to emerging industry trends including virtualization, software defined networking, cloud computing, IoT and machine learning.
Effective Fall 2022
- School of Engineering Technologies
- Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
- More Information about Network Administration & Engineering Technology
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.
Recommended High School Subjects
A strong background in English, mathematics through at least algebra, and science is desired. A familiarity with computer equipment and software is also desired.
Special Equipment Needs
A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology majors, including the Network Administration and Engineering major. Review required Laptop Specifications see https://www.pct.edu/sites/default/files/2021-05/laptop_requirement.pdf#zoom=100.
All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy). Students will not be allowed to enroll in any required Information Technology (CIT) courses until remediation of math courses through MTH008 is complete.
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.
Program GoalsA graduate of this major should be able to:
- apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to networking.
- assess the needs of an information technology (IT) related problem and select, develop, integrate, deploy, secure, and administer an appropriate solution.
- demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies such as programming, networking, database, and security.
- demonstrate proficiency in the technical aspects of a network, including installation, maintenance, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, resource management, and user management.
- apply necessary problem-solving, collaborative, organizational, and project management skills to accomplish a common goal.
- identify and explain the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues of IT and the associated responsibilities of IT professionals.
- communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience.
- identify, evaluate, and explain how emerging technologies in the IT discipline affect organizations, and the work environment.
- provide technical support using appropriate communication, diagnostic, and customer relation skills.
Students must complete all required major courses in the Network Administration and Engineering Technology 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 Directed Networking Elective must also be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1.0||.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|CIT160||Introduction to Programming||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CSC124||Information, Technology & Society||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|MTH181||College Algebra & Trigonometry I||3.0||2.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|CIT180||Introduction to Database||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|ENL201||Technical & Professional Communication||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|MTH183||College Algebra & Trigonometry II||3.0||2.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|CIT230||Fundamentals of Information Security||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT240||Introduction to UNIX/Linux||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|SPC101||Fundamentals of Speech||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|MGT115||Principles of Management||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|MTH161||Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications||3.5||3||1.50||S||REQ|
|BNE||Directed Networking Elective||3.0||M||BNE|
|CIT246||System Analysis I||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT371||Network Administration II: Real-time Services||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|ARP||Core Arts Perspective||3.0||S||ARP|
|SCL||Science Elective with lab||4.0||S||SCL|
|SSP||Core Social Science Perspective||3.0||S||SSP|
|CIT343||Virtualization, Storage & Cloud Computing||4.0||3||3||M||REQ|
|CIT310||Wireless & Mobile Computing||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|MGT410||Management of Organizational Behavior||3.0||Writing Enriched Requirement||3||S||REQ|
|CIT485||Project Management in IT||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|LAS350||Legal Issues in Information Security Management||3.0||Science, Technology and Society Requirement||3||M||REQ|
|CIT476||Network Design & Management||3.0||Writing Enriched Requirement||3||M||REQ|
|BNE||Directed Networking Elective||3.0||M||BNE|
|HIP||Core Historical Perspective||3.0||S||HIP|
|CIT449||Advanced Topics in Networking||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|FIT140||Wellness for the Working Professional||1.0||.50||1.50||S||REQ|