Computer Networking - Network Administration

Enjoy computers and data communication but remain unsure where your interests could lead you? Thanks to our Computer Networking-Network Administration program, you can turn your network interests into a career.

Montco's 60-62 credit program provides a solid foundation in networking, computer support and data communications.

Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive an associate degree. You also will leave Montco prepared to work as an entry-level network engineer, administrator or support technician.

Program outcomes
  • Analyze and solve computer hardware and software problems;
  • Apply critical thinking, team building, and problem solving skills to design, implement, and maintain a local area network configuration;
  • Program and configure Cisco switches and routers;
  • Design, implement, and maintain a WAN.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning 3 - 4
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 113 PC Maintenance and Support 3
CIS 155 PC Applications on Networks 3
CIS 170 Introduction to Networks 3
CIS 171 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
CIS 1101 or CIS 111 Programming for Everyone or Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3
CIS 158 Windows Server Administration and Support 3
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
CIS 258 Advanced Windows Server Administration and Support 3
CIS 172 Scaling Networks 3
CIS 172B Connecting Networks 3
CIS 257 Network Planning, Project Management and Implementation 3
CIS 142 Linux Administration 3
CIS 245, CIS 166, CIS 275 or MGT 111 Database Management Systems/SQL, Introduction to Cloud Computing, Network Security Fundamentals or Principles of Management 3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
CIS 113 PC Maintenance and Support 3
CIS 155 PC Applications and Networks 3
CIS 170 Introduction to Networks 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 117 or ENG 115 Writing for Business and Industry or Writing for Technical Communication 3
CIS 171 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
CIS 1101 or CIS 111 Programming for Everyone or Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3
CIS 158 Windows Server Administration and Support 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning 3-4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
CIS 258 Advanced Windows Server Administration & Support 3
CIS 172 Scaling Networks 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 172B Connecting Networks 3
CIS 257 Network Planning, Project Management and Implementation 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
CIS 142 Linux Administration 3
CIS 166, CIS 245, CIS 275 or MGT 111 Introduction to Cloud Computing, Database Management Systems/SQL, Fundamentals of Network Security or Principles of Management 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
CIS 155 PC Applications and Networks 3
CIS 158 Windows Server Administration and Support 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 117 or ENG 115 Writing for Business and Industry or Writing for Technical Communication 3
CIS 113 PC Maintenance and Support 3
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 170 Introduction to Networks 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3-4

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 171 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
CIS 258 Advanced Windows Server Administration & Support 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 1101 or CIS 111 Programming for Everyone or Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3
CIS 172 Scaling Networks 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Scientific Reasoning 3-4
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 172B Connecting Networks 3
CIS 142 Linux Administration 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 166, CIS 245, CIS 275 or MGT 111 Introduction to Cloud Computing, Database Management Systems/SQL, Fundamentals of Network Security or Principles of Management 3
CIS 257 Network Planning, Project Management and Implementation 3

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3