Bachelor of Science

Computer Science with a concentration in Network & Systems Administration

If you are a problem solver and love a challenge, imagine what you can do with a network and systems administration degree from TU. With a focus on computer structure and diagnostics, network management and administration, as well as data communications and networking, you will keep information flowing. You will also learn about minimizing your carbon footprint and how to protect yourself from outside attacks. Problem solved.

As the development of new applications and cloud computing continue to evolve, the need for computer systems administrators will continue to increase. TU’s network and systems administration concentration aligns our students with real world experience, and the ability to display knowledge through the professional certification process.

TU’s network and systems administration classes teach network infrastructure and server administration, as well as cloud computing, a rapidly growing field for system administration. The program will focus on systems administration in both the LAN and WAN environments to ensure that our students will gain experience in working with cloud based administration.

With the computer science major, students will be able to identify hardware and various operating systems, and will develop and modify programming concepts and computational mathematics to operational computer applications and code. Our classes will teach students to analyze computer science research and apply findings to solve real world problems, as well as compare and contrast knowledge of computer security models.

With the concentration of network and system administration, students will apply knowledge of networking concepts and principles to solving problems related to networked computer systems, as well as demonstrate the ability of Microsoft client and server operating systems to configure, repair, optimize and solve system issues.

Classes will prepare students for several certifications. The need for professional certifications has been identified through various studies and responses with our industry partners. The program encourages students to sit for as many professional certifications as possible, proving that they have demonstrated knowledge up to industry standards. Tiffin University is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center and has the ability to administer any Microsoft Certifications available. These certifications, partnered with a degree in computer science will allow our students to have a competitive advantage when it comes to job placement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the latest data available for network administrators in computer systems design and related services, the need is going to increase 20% from the year 2016-2026.

General Education Core (37 hours)

Computer Science Core (48 hours)

  • MKT151 Introductory Marketing
  • CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • ACC201 Survey of Accounting
  • MGT201 Management of Organizations
  • CST201 Introduction to Programming
  • LAW211 Business Law I
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics
  • CST230 Networking Fundamentals
  • CDS244 Cyber Security
  • CST280 Database I
  • CST285 Spreadsheets and Analytics
  • FIN301 Business Finance
  • CST412 IT Project Management
  • CST460 Research in Computer Science
  • CST470 Internship
  • MGT495 Organizational Strategy

Concentration: Software Development (18 hours)

  • CST125 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Systems
  • CST325 Linux
  • CST330 Network Infrastructure I
  • CST345 Server Administration
  • CST430 Network Infrastructure II
  • CST445 Cloud Administration

Total Bachelor of Science hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

All Computer Science concentrations offered

Introduction Computer Hardware and Systems (CST125) – Through hands-on experiences, this course prepares students to install, configure, upgrade, and troubleshoot personal computers. Students learn the fundamentals of PC hardware including the motherboard, power supply, CPU, memory, storage devices, add-on cards, BIOS/UEFI, and CMOS. In addition, students learn the fundamentals of the Windows operating system including operating system functions, structure, major system files, and the basic boot sequence. This course will prepare students to sit for the CompTIA A+ certification offered by CompTIA or other comparable certifications.

Introduction to Programming (CST201) – This course introduces the basic concepts of a structured programming language. All programming languages use the same concepts and the language will be based on the current need of the industry. The student will learn to design and develop software applications using the building blocks of a language which can include basic variable declaration and sequential code using mathematical expressions to more advance techniques with decision and repetition coding using advance data variable structures such as arrays and records (these may have different names in some languages but, have the same ideas). File manipulation for input/out will be addressed. The course will begin to look at breaking a large program down into functions that forms the basis for object-oriented programming.

Linux (CST325) – This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and aptitude in UNIX and Linux Operating Systems at a command line level as well as the administration level. This course will prepare students to sit for the CompTIA Linux+ certification offered by CompTIA as well as the RedHat Linux Administrator certification offered by RedHat or other comparable certifications.

Network Infrastructures 1 (CST330) – This course teaches basic concepts associated with using PC's in a networked environment, including connecting to a network and connecting networks together. Included are peer-to-peer and client/server networks, network topologies and architectures, the OSI model, Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6 and MAC addressing, routers and routing, network printing, NAT and VPN's, plus wireless networking. The course also provides a strong foundation in preparation for the CompTIA Network+ Exam offered by CompTIA or comparable certifications.

Server Administration (CST345) – This course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Windows Server Active Directory Students will be prepared for the Microsoft MCSA certification on Windows Active Directory.

  • Data Business Process Analyst
  • DCA Engineer
  • Hardware and Network Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Computer Sciences Corp.
  • Cooper Industries
  • Genscape, Inc.
  • Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Webster Industries

Faculty

George Miller
George Miller

George Miller, D.B.A.

millergeo@tiffin.edu
419-448-5857

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University
  • M.B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.S., South University
  • D.B.A., Argosy University

George Miller, D.B.A.

Dr. George Miller, an undergraduate alumni, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tiffin University. He started with Tiffin University as an adjunct instructor in 2012 and went full time in the fall of 2016.

Previous to his time at Tiffin University, Dr. Miller, worked as a full-time instructor, starting in 2005, at a small college in Findlay, Ohio. The duties included instructing business and technology courses and serving as the Director of Technology (DOT), overseeing their student local area network (LAN) and a liaison for the wide area network (WAN), between corporate and the local Findlay college. Prior to his time in education, Dr. Miller spent 28 years in manufacturing. He also served as a board member for the Stansanco Tiffin Works Credit Union, an auditor for the same credit union and prepares tax returns for the past 34 years.

George has lived in Tiffin his whole life and has been married to his wife Sharon for 30 years. Sharon is an adjunct instructor for accounting in the Tiffin University MBA program. The Miller’s like to travel and have spent time in all 50 states.

George Miller, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
George Miller, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Owen Fritz
Owen Fritz

Owen Fritz

fritzol@tiffin.edu
419-455-6901

Instructor of Computer Information Systems

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.B.A., Tiffin University
  • B.B.A., Tiffin University
  • A.A.B., Terra State Community College
  • CFOT, Certified Fiber Optics Technician
  • MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist

Owen Fritz

Professor Owen Fritz began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2015 as an affiliate professor for the School of Business in the areas of Computer Information Systems and Economics. In the Spring of 2018, he became a full-time faculty member within the Computer Information Systems program. Owen is proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Miller in bringing Microsoft Office Certification programs to Tiffin University so that students can display the skills acquired from the University as they enter the workplace. Owen is continuing his educational journey by pursuing his Ph.D., in Business Administration with a specialization in Management Information Systems from Northcentral University. His research interests include Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) & Generation Z, Technological Social Responsibility, and Office Applications in the Workplace.

Before academia, Owen has worked a variety of different jobs that have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students entering the field. Professor Fritz is a graduate of Tiffin University and is proud to be a #dragonforlife! Outside of the University, he has many different passions and interests that keep him involved in the community. One passion is weather, and Owen is responsible for the Sandusky County Skywarn (Storm Spotters) program that falls under the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency. Also, he is an Asst. Emergency Coordinator for the Sandusky County Amateur Radio Emergency Service program that is back up communications when disasters should occur. Owen also is an avid fan of basketball as he can see him at most Dragon home games working scoring at the table and he also is a scorekeeper for a local boys’ basketball program.

Owen Fritz
Instructor of Computer Information Systems
Owen Fritz
Instructor of Computer Information Systems
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

KiddM@tiffin.edu
734-649-9518

Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

Assistant Professor of Information Technology

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D. Capella University
  • M.S. in Technology Studies/Information Assurance, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Information Assurance/Network Security, Eastern Michigan University
  • A.A.S. in Network Administration, Washtenaw Community College

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.

After high school, Michael spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a Network Analysis/Administrator. After leaving the Army Michael spent the next 10 years working as a Computer Network Administrator and Penetration Tester for companies in industries such as Law, Health Care, Industrial, Service, and small business environments. Along with his education and experience, Michael currently holds certifications in IT that include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft SQL, and CISSP.

Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program
Michael Kidd, Ph.D.
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program

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    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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