Networking Option/A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: John Osthoff

The Networking option of the Computer Information Systems degree program 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.


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 LANs (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


Program   44 Credits
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
CIS 110 IT Essentials 4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 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 256 Network Security 4
Free Elective 1
General Education 21 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT 123 Elementary Statistics 3
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
Forum 4 units
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall 2.000

Area of Specialization: All CIS Courses



The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may 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 110 IT Essentials 4

ENG English Composition/Writing


MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1)

Second Semester 18 Credits
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 180 Introduction to Networks 4
CIS 181 Routing & Switching Essentials 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Third Semester 15 Credits
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 240 Scaling Networks 4
CIS 241 Connecting Networks 4
Fourth Semester 14 Credits

CIS 256 Network Security


Free Elective


COM Communications


MAT 123 Statistics


Behavioral & Social Science



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.