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.
For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.
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.
- Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
- 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)
- Natural Sciences Distribution with Lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours
- COMM 112 - Business and Professional Speech Communication 3 semester hours
- 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 and Cloud Infrastructure 3 semester hours
- CMSC 253 - UNIX/LINUX System Administration 4 semester hours
- NWIT 173 - Network Security 3 semester hours
- NWIT 200 - Microsoft Modern Desktops 3 semester hours
- NWIT 208 - Cloud Architecting 3 semester hours
- NWIT 209 - Cloud Administration 3 semester hours
- Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- NWIT 204 - Network Virtualization and System Administrator 4 semester hours
- NWIT 264 - Network and Cloud Forensics 3 semester hours
- NWIT or CMSC or DATA or TECH Elective 3 semester hours
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