Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Degree with a Specialization in
Network Administration

Today’s businesses are increasingly connected and reliant upon technology solutions, including wireless and enterprise networks. By combining core IT skills with an in-depth study of network administration, this specialized degree program is designed to help students prepare to analyze, build and maintain diverse computer networks across a variety of industries.

Next Online Start Date:

November 08, 2017

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Houston

Program Details

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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ACBSPUSNEWS-2017

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5
Network Administration
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT 4.5
ITCO 425 System Architecture and Integration 4.5
ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT 4.5
ITNA353 Routing and Switching 4.5
ITNA355 Advanced Routing and Switching 4.5
ITNA357 Network Security Management 4.5
ITNA359 Special Topics in Network Administration 4.5
ITNA455 Enterprise Networking 4.5
ITNA457 Specialized Network Administration 4.5
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 http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

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.

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.

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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 reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction 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

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

Download program detail PDF

ACBSPUSNEWS-2017

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5
Network Administration
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT 4.5
ITCO 425 System Architecture and Integration 4.5
ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT 4.5
ITNA353 Routing and Switching 4.5
ITNA355 Advanced Routing and Switching 4.5
ITNA357 Network Security Management 4.5
ITNA359 Special Topics in Network Administration 4.5
ITNA455 Enterprise Networking 4.5
ITNA457 Specialized Network Administration 4.5
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 http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

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

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

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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 reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction 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

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