The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Network Administration can give you a broad and comprehensive overview of the parameters, procedures and expectations for a network administrator working in the industry today.
You Can Learn How to:
- Summarize details of essential computer concepts
- Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files
- Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling
- Develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies
- Assess, design, manage and implement computer networks
- Understand the fundamental components and terminology used while working with network systems
- Collaborate with other individuals in solving system problems, creating new systems, and engaging in the type of team-centered work common to a job in this field
- Learn to apply principles from mathematics and computer science to the process of building and maintaining system networks
- Evaluate and analyze existing network systems to identify problems, develop solutions and gain real-world experience in the current challenges facing network administrators
- Develop mastery of the abilities, limits and specific characteristics of a wide variety of network systems currently in use around the world
At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
This course reviews the design and components of LAN and WAN systems. The implementation and deployment of network topologies using the necessary network hardware and software systems at the enterprise level will also be covered. Topics in this course may include network configurations, networking hardware, network operating systems, network management issues, and network communication.
Network Security Management
This network security course provides information about mechanisms used to protect data from attack through investigation of network asset threats and vulnerabilities. Topics may include access control types and methods; basic and advanced network security; securing hosts, applications, and data; malware and social engineering; managing risk; cryptography; business continuity; and security policies.
Routing and Switching
This course provides an overview of routing and switching in network operations. Topics to be covered may include the role of switches and routers in network topologies and architectures, collisions and network congestion, the role of routers and switches in minimizing collisions, switching protocols and interswitch communications, switching and routing processes, switch operating systems, and switch management issues.
Still not sure which specialization is right for you?
You may want to consider these specializations:
Ways to Save
From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.
- Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
- Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
- Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
- Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience
For more information, download AIU guides below:
- Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
- Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
- Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience