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Networking Option/A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Gregory Panczner, 413-236-4574

The Networking option gives the student a technical understanding of computer systems and computer networking using the Cisco standard. The curriculum provides students with extensive course work in computer science and networking.

This program is designed for students planning either to enter the workforce or to transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study.

To complete most computer assignments, students will need to use either BCC's computer laboratory or an off-campus computer.

After completion of this program, students may become Cisco Certified. Related major at the baccalaureate level: computer science.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program, should be able to:

  • Apply computer and networking methods, procedures and principles, and use equipment and software for the purpose of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining LAN's (local area networks) WANs (wide area networks) and Wireless Networks
  • Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages
  • Work effectively with others to design, develop, and troubleshoot enterprise networks
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means
  • Apply technical concepts and principles to solve practical problems
  • Analyze and develop a plan to diagnose and solve technical networking problems
  • Act responsibly with integrity, self-confidence and professionalism
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate alternative solutions in order to solve technical problems

Graduation Requirements

Program 45 Credits
 
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 153 Systems Operations 4
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 180 Network Fundamentals 4
CIS 181 Routing Protocols and Concepts 4
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 240 Local Area Network Switching 4
CIS 241 Accessing Wide Area Networks 4
CIS 255 Fundatmentals of Wirless LANS 3
Free Electives 3
 
   
General Education 21 Credits
 
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 123   Elementary Statics 
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
  Behavioral and Social Science 3
  Humanities and Fine Arts 3
 
   
Additional As Shown   
 
  Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
  Forum 12 Units
  Health/Fitness 30 Hours
  Minimum Cumulative Averages:
-Overall
2.000
  -Area of specialization: All CIS Courses  2.000 
 

Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

18 Credits

 CIS 102

 Fundamental Computer Literacy

4

CIS 124

C++ Programming I

4

CIS 153

System Operations

4

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3

MAT

Mathematics (see footnote 1)

3

Second Semester

18 Credits

CIS 125

C++ Programming II

4

CIS 180

Network Fundamentals

4

CIS 181

Routing Protocols and Concepts

4

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3

 

Humanities and Fine Arts

3

Third Semester

15 Credits

CIS 155

Web Development

3

CIS 231

Computer Science I with Java

4

CIS 240

Local Area Network Switching

4

CIS 241

Accessing Wide Area Networks

4

 Fourth Semester

15 Credits

CIS 255  

Fundamentals of Wireless LANS  

 

Free Elective  

COM 

Communications
MAT 123

Statistics 

 

Behavioral Science 

         

Footnotes:

1. MAT requires MAT 102 or higher to meet program requirements.

NOTE: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to graduation.