Computer Systems and Networking (APCSN)

Associate in Applied Science

In this associate degree program, students will learn about the latest desktop, server and networking technologies.  This program has a core of hardware, operating system, networking, and scripting courses that all students must complete.  In addition to these common core subjects, students will select a specialized track in one of the following areas, each of which has its own Associated Certificate Program

  • Local and Wide Area Networking
  • Microsoft Network Operating Systems (Server and Client)
  • Linux Network Operating Systems

The program also prepares students

  • who want the foundation skills necessary to obtain an entry level job in computer systems and/or networking fields
  • who want to transfer to a bachelor of science degree program at Eastern Michigan or other four year universities.

Highlights

  • Earn this Associate Degree in two years.
  • Use the APCSN Associate Degree for a direct transfer to Eastern Michigan University‚Äôs Technology Management Program where they will further their skills in computer systems and networking.
  • Use the APCSN Associate Degree for transfer to other four year institutions.

Requirements

  • Completion of the Computer Systems Technology (CTCSTC)  Certificate
  • Completion of one the Certificates associated with the four areas listed above.
  • Completion of the General Education requirements.

Admission Requirements for Eastern Michigan

Check with an advisor for information on transferring.  For details, see EMU Technology Management BS.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2018-192019-20 | 2020-21

2020-2021 Academic Requirements

In this associate degree program, students will learn about the latest desktop, server, and networking technologies. This program has a core of hardware, operating system, networking, and scripting courses that all students must complete. In addition to the common core subjects, students will select a specialized track in one of the following areas: Local and Wide Area Networking, Microsoft Network Operating Systems (Server and Client), and Linux Network Operating Systems.

Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: Articulation Agreements.
Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Computer Instruction Dept
Advisors
James Lewis
John Trame

(Items marked with an icon online icon are available online.)

Select a concentration for requirements and total credits required for program.

Concentrations

First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CST 118   Microsoft Command Line Fundamentals 2
CST 160   Computer Technology I 4
CST 165   Computer Technology II 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 121   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 4
CNT 201   Administering Microsoft Windows Client Operating Systems 3
CNT 211 or Installation, Storage, and Compute - Windows Server 2016  
CNT 223 or Networking with Windows Server 2016  
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 2016 4
Elective(s)   Math 3
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 206   Linux/UNIX II: Basic System Administration, Networking, and Security 4
CIS 221   Linux/UNIX Programming and Scripting I 4
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Total 19
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 208   Linux/UNIX III: Intermediate System Administration, Networking, and Security 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition* 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 13
Total Credits Required
63
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CST 118   Microsoft Command Line Fundamentals 2
CST 160   Computer Technology I 4
CST 165   Computer Technology II 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 121   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 4
CNT 201   Administering Microsoft Windows Client Operating Systems 3
CNT 211 or Installation, Storage, and Compute - Windows Server 2016  
CNT 223 or Networking with Windows Server 2016  
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 2016 4
Elective(s)   Math 3
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
BMG 205 or Creating the Customer Experience  
CST 270   Computer Forensics I 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 17
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 226   Scaling Networks 4
CNT 290 or Network Forensics  
CSS 210   Network Perimeter Protection - CCNA Security 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition* 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required
62
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CST 118   Microsoft Command Line Fundamentals 2
CST 160   Computer Technology I 4
CST 165   Computer Technology II 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 121   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 4
CNT 201   Administering Microsoft Windows Client Operating Systems 3
CNT 211   Installation, Storage, and Compute - Windows Server 2016 4
Elective(s)   Math 3
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
BMG 205   Creating the Customer Experience  
  or    
CST 270   Computer Forensics I 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 17
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 223   Networking with Windows Server 2016 4
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 2016 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition* 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required
62

Footnotes

*Students transferring to a 4-year college should consider taking ENG 111 and completing MTA.