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CIT - Network Support & Security
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Director: Cheryl Simpson
Program Faculty: Steven Robinett
NOTE: This program is currently under review and will not be accepting new students.
The Computer Information Technology (CIT) Program prepares individuals to assume a role in computer support with skills and responsibilities in user support, hardware and software troubleshooting, basic system maintenance, and cybersecurity.
The Network Support & Security Degree prepares students for a career in supporting Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) with a focus on the skills required to understand and manage the operation of a small and large computer network. The students will learn valuable technical skills to identify the security needs of an organization as well as be able to implement the appropriate protection and security of the system.
Upon completion of the Network Support & Security Degree, students will be able to successfully design, implement, manage and maintain effective network infrastructures; analyze data to determine security threats; and identify and prevent data threats and privacy invasion for both home and corporate clients as an entry level network technician/system administrator/system analyst/security analyst.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Utilize TCP/IP applications to prove their understanding of networking protocols used to control modern networking infrastructures.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations available within a network.
- Master the concepts of the theoretical OSI networking model.
- Secure network assets by exploring the mechanisms of ethical hacking and network defense.
- Create, secure, maintain, and troubleshoot both wired and wireless network infrastructures and infrastructure devices.
- Employ and master the skills needed to create, secure and maintain server based networks using both Microsoft Windows and open source Linux server systems.
- Develop and implement a logical troubleshooting, security, and maintenance system for Personal Computing systems.
- Prepare for networking support industry standard certifications such as: CCNA, CCNP, MCSA CompTIA Network+, CompTIA PenTest+, and CCNA Security
Estimated Resident Program Cost*
|Tuition and Fees||$7,064|
Fall 2023 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums may be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses for only Summer 2023 classes.
Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.
|CSCI 105||Computer Fluency +||3|
|ITS 125||Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling +||3|
|M 105||Contemporary Mathematics **,+||3|
|NTS 104||CCNA1: Introduction to Networks *,+||3|
|NTS 105||CCNA2: Routing and Switching *,+||3|
|ITS 210||Network Operating System - Desktop *,+||3|
|NTS 206||CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking Security and Automation *,+||3|
|ITS 280||Computer Repair and Maintenance *,+||4|
|COMX 115||Introduction to Interpersonal Communication +||3|
|ITS 215||Network Operating Systems -Directory /Infrastructure *,+||4|
|NTS 210||CCNP Enterprise: Core Networking 1 *,+||4|
|NTS 211||CCNP Enterprise: Core Networking 2 *,+||4|
|Select one of the following:|
|WRIT 101||College Writing I **, +||3|
|WRIT 121||Intro to Technical Writing **, +||3|
|ITS 224||Introduction To Linux *,+||4|
|ITS 274||Ethical Hacking and Network Defense *,+||3|
|NTS 212||CCNP: Enterprise Advanced Services and Routing 1 *,+||4|
|NTS 213||CCNP: Enterprise Advanced Services and Routing 2 *,+||4|
|Select one of the following:|
|ITS 298||Internship *,+||3|
|ITS 299||Capstone *,+||3|
A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.
Indicates prerequisites needed.
Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.