Computer Networking & Systems Administration Associate Degree
Communications networks of computers and routing devices are no longer luxuries. Today business, government and individuals depend on reliable connections to communication systems that transmit and receive information instantaneously over long distances. Computers, the cornerstones of new communication systems, connect networks that link information through fiber optic, wireless or satellite media.
The Computer Networking & Systems Administration department prepares technicians to build and manage these communication systems. Instructional coursework offers insight into computer network design, implementation and management.
Computer Networking & Systems Administration at TSTC offers specializations in System Administration, Microsoft and UNIX, in addition to the standard CNS curriculum. All associate degrees now include four courses in Cisco Systems networking with emphasis on router and switch configuration. These courses cover all of the material needed for the student to achieve the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. The two-year CNS program includes classroom and laboratory instruction that focuses on building extensive experience in Microsoft, Novell Netware and UNIX System Administration. The Associate of Applied Science degree program includes courses covering client operating systems, server operating systems, Cisco equipment, NetWare, UNIX, Windows Network strategies, network cabling systems, Local Area Network (LAN) design and management, network protocol design and implementation, and internetworking of multi-vendor and divergent systems.