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
  • Data Recovery

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’s 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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2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Requirements

Davenport University, Bachelor degree;
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
Michael Galea
Philip Geyer
James Lewis
William Reichert
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
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
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 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
CST 270   Computer Forensics I 4
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 161   Introduction to PowerShell 4
CST 275   Computer Forensics II 4
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Total 14
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
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
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 3
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 206   Linux/UNIX II: Basic System Administration, Networking, and Security 4
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 18
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 161   Introduction to PowerShell 4
CIS 221   Linux/UNIX Programming and Scripting I 4
CIS 208   Linux/UNIX III: Intermediate System Administration, Networking, and Security 4
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Total 15
Total Credits Required
67
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
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
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 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 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 18
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 161   Introduction to PowerShell 4
CNT 226   Scaling Networks 4
CNT 236   Connecting Networks 4
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Total 15
Total Credits Required
67
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
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 17
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 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 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 18
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 161   Introduction to PowerShell 4
CNT 223   Networking with Windows Server 2016 4
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 2016 4
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Total 15
Total Credits Required
67