Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

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. This specialized program combines technical skills and knowledge with a focus on professional skills in areas including leadership, behavioral understanding, and implementation of change and project management.

We can help you 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

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Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ITCO101Discovering Information Technology4.5
ITCO103Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware4.5
ITCO 105Information Technology and Society4.5
ITCO211Introduction to Operating Systems4.5
ITCO221Fundamentals of Programming and Logic4.5
ITCO231Introduction to Databases4.5
ITCO251Network Infrastructure Basics4.5
Total Credit Hours:37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321Data Structures and Implementation4.5
ITCO361Information Technology Security4.5
ITCO381Introduction to Web Systems and Media4.5
ITCO391Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions4.5
ITSD322Object Oriented Application Development I4.5
Total Credit Hours:22.5
General Education
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HIST105U.S. History4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
MATH133College Algebra4.5
MATH233Survey of Calculus4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Elective (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:52.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division
Total Credit Hours:22.5

Specialization Options

Network Administration
ITCO299Comprehensive IT Project4.5
ITCO341Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT4.5
ITCO 425System Architecture and Integration4.5
ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT4.5
ITNA353Routing and Switching4.5
ITNA355Advanced Routing and Switching4.5
ITNA357Network Security Management4.5
ITNA359Special Topics in Network Administration4.5
ITNA455Enterprise Networking4.5
ITNA457Specialized Network Administration4.5
Total Credit Hours:45

Total Credit Hours: 180

This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  

For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

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:

Enterprise Networking

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.

Special Topics in Network Administration

This course provides an advanced selection of contemporary topics which may include network management, operations and administration, developments in networking technologies, or developments in the business need for networking services.

Advanced Routing and Switching

This advanced course provides in-depth implementation and configuration of Networking Layers 2 and 3 devices. Topics may include the relationship between routers and switches, advanced features of routing protocols, maintaining a multiple router network in the LAN or WAN environment, dynamic routing techniques, access control lists and commonly-used routing protocols.

Specialized Network Administration

This course covers the recent global Internet technology and paves the way for the new generation of networking. In this specialization course, students will explore architectural network designs in accordance with ISO standards, network topology requirements, configuration management, fault management, performance management, monitoring resources, Quality of Service (QoS), and security policies.

Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

In this course, students will examine the essential mathematics and logic skills required in Information Technology areas such as networking, systems administration, security, programming, database management, and computer hardware. Students will build on their mathematical proficiency to prepare for the challenges they are likely to encounter as an IT professional. This course discusses the importance of discrete mathematics, probability and statistics in IT. Students in this course will further their understanding of discrete mathematics and statistics necessary for application development and systems analysis. Students will also learn how to apply statistical techniques to improve the performance of IT systems. Real-world scenarios and problems from the IT industry are included throughout this course.

Network Infrastructure Basics

This course provides students with a conceptual overview of network infrastructure. Topics may include network configurations, network operations, segmentation through subnetting, and wireless developments.

Comprehensive IT Project

In this lower division capstone course, students will examine IT project management and systems architecture. Topics covered include project management concepts of time, scope, and costs, as well as systems architecture, sourcing, acquisition, development, and deployment processes.

Information Technology Security

This survey course covers information security concepts and mechanisms. Information security concepts reviewed may include data protection techniques, software security, information assurance process, enterprise network security, and attack types/countermeasures.

System Architecture and Integration

In this course, students will analyze the system integration requirements and apply appropriate frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that are used to manage, administer, acquire, develop, implement, and integrate enterprise systems.

Program Capstone for IT

This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of understanding regarding the application of information technology concepts, technologies, and methodologies. Students are expected to employ their knowledge about hardware, systems, applications, and security management.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

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
Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree specialization  in Network Administration?

Nearly every business and organization relies on a computer network to share data, access applications and serve its customers. Network administration services maintain and manage these networks.

While skills relevant to network administration can be learned in a number of computer or engineering-focused degree programs, a Bachelor of Information Technology degree—particularly one that specializes in network administration—is usually the most relevant for those interested in pursuing job opportunities in IT after graduation. Very large or complex companies may require further training, such as professional certification from hardware or software manufacturers or a master’s degree.


The Day-to-Day Role2

Careers in network administration often involves:

●     Assessing an organization’s needs for networks

●     Installing and upgrading network hardware and software

●     Maintaining system security and ensure that the network is operating correctly

●     Troubleshooting and problem-solving as issues arise

●     Evaluating and improving how networks perform

●     Assigning and updating security permissions for users on the network


Common Industries

Whether they’re large or small, public or private, profit-seeking or not-for-profit, businesses and organizations need computer networks. Considering both the prevalence and the complexity of the technology used by many organizations today, network administration is a key role found across almost all industries, especially2:

●     Computer systems design and related services

●     Information

●     Educational services; state, local, and private

●     Finance and insurance

●     Administrative and support services


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at


2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at

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