Cloud Computing and Networking Technology Degree
This degree program will provide you with a broad technical understanding of computer technology, networking, and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism required of all entry-level IT professionals.
You'll develop your skills in software and hardware installation, network configuration and diagnostics, security and forensics fundamentals, and virtualization and cloud computing implementation, with more of a “hands-on” orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Install, maintain and evaluate computer networks.
- Describe network architecture concepts, including topology, protocols, components, and principles.
- Demonstrate best practices in the use of lab equipment and network hardware.
- Create a detailed plan showing the steps necessary to implement a network security system.
- Test and configure network services, devices, and peripherals.
- Review data and identify relevant evidence using current forensic tools.
- Describe the evolution of cloud computing and major methods of deployment.
- Design and implement cloud applications that can scale up on a VM (Virtual Machine and out across multiple VMs.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.
MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.
Career opportunities include network and computer systems administrator, database administrator, computer support specialist, and more.
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A suggested course sequence for students follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- NWIT 101 - Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT) 3 semester hours
- CMSC 110 - Computer Concepts 3 semester hours
- NWIT 105 - Introduction to Cloud Computing 3 semester hours
- NWIT 127 - Microcomputer Essentials 3 semester hours
- English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- CMSC 135 - Introduction to Scripting 3 semester hours
- CMSC 140 - Introduction to Programming 3 semester hours
- NWIT 151 - Introduction to Networking 3 semester hours
- NWIT 170 - Network Operating Systems 3 semester hours
- NWIT 173 - Network Security 3 semester hours
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- COMM 112 - Business and Professional Speech Communication 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- CMSC 253 - UNIX/LINUX System Administration 4 semester hours
- NWIT 203 - Microsoft Windows Server 3 semester hours
- Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
- NWIT 204 - Network Virtualization and System Administrator 4 semester hours
- NWIT or CMSC or DATA or TECH elective 3 semester hours
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- NWIT or CMSC elective 3 semester hours
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