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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.
TU offers MBA classes that count as dual credit towards both your undergraduate business degree and a master of business degree. Undergraduate business students, who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, will have the opportunity during their senior year to take up to four graduate courses. This opportunity allows students to finish their graduate degree program faster and will save them money in the long run. After completing these classes, and upon your undergraduate graduation, you will be able to complete your MBA in less than a year (only 45 weeks). At that time, you will also qualify for the alumni tuition discount.
General Education Core (37 hours)
Computer Science Core (48 hours)
Concentration: Network & Systems Administration (18 hours)
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
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.