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2011 - 2012 General Catalog



Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Specialist

The Information Network Specialist program focuses on the design and implementation of computer networks and associated software, to maximize productivity in a live production environment.  The program prepares individuals to function as entry level network specialists, and includes instruction in operating systems and applications; systems design and analysis; networking theory and solutions; types of networks; network management and control; network and flow optimization; security; configuring; and troubleshooting.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Specialist will have demonstrated:

  1. clarity in verbal and written communication to accurately convey technical information and to critically read and interpret technical literature;
  2. the ability to critically analyze computer network installation, maintenance, management and enhancement;
  3. working knowledge in local area networks, wide area networks, servers and other end-user devices enabling graduates to critically analyze and react to new developments in their field;
  4. the utilization of mathematics to collect, analyze and interpret technical data collected through investigation and experimentation; and
  5. an application of software responsibilities for managing software, security, and user accounts to gain hands-on experience.

Required courses for Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Specialist:

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
CIT 101: Network Essentials 3
ENGL 101: Composition & Rhetoric I 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
PHSC 105: Elemental Physics 3
Second Semester Hours
CIS 102: Problem Solving and Programming Techniques 3
CIT 170: Microsoft Windows Servers 3
CIT 130: Web Design I 3
  Networking Elective * 3-4
  Humanities Elective 3
Sophomore Year
Third Semester Hours
CIT 172: Linux Server 3
CIT 210: Advanced Network Topics 3
CIT 279: Information Assurance 3
  Networking Elective * 3-4
  Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Fourth Semester Hours
CIT 282: IT Project Management 3
CIT 292: Network Specialist Internship 3
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
  Cyber Elective ** 3
  Cyber Elective ** 3
Total credit hours 60-62
* Networking Electives: CIT 120, CIT 121, CIT 122  
** Cyber Electives: CIT 115, CIT 150, CIT 151, CIT 169, CIT 209, CIT 220, CIT 221, CIT 222, CIT 272  

Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to earn a credential.

All BPCC students are expected to be familiar with College policies, requirements, procedures and regulations. Students must assume final responsibility for being acquainted with College policies. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation.

Students pursuing associate degrees, academic certificates or technical competency areas at BPCC must declare their intent to do so. Curricular requirements become effective at the date of the declaration of the academic major and do not date from the point of original enrollment in the College. If the student resigns or does not enroll for one semester, the student would have to meet the requirements of a new curriculum.

The student is responsible with all the requirements of the degree program and should consult with his/her academic advisor when necessary. Each student assumes the responsibility for scheduling courses which are applicable to degrees and for taking courses in proper sequence to ensure the orderly progression of work.


This degree can be obtained 100% via Internet instruction. Contact your academic advisor for details.

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