The Telecommunications and Computer Networking option is designed to prepare students to design, implement, and support networked systems in both standard and enterprise settings.  It builds a solid foundation in the hardware and architecture of telecommunications network and systems; operating systems and applications; systems design and analysis; networking theory and solutions; types of networks including fiber optics and wireless; network management and control; network and flow optimization; network security; configuring; and troubleshooting.

What Will I Study in This Major

The Telecommunications & Computer Networking option is designed to provide students comprehensive knowledge, skills, and necessary training to pursue careers as information technology professionals.  In this program students will learn the concepts of

  • network analysis
  • network design
  • integration
  • network security
  • network administration
  • management of computing and telecommunication technologies
  • assess and identify user needs
  • wireless, network security
  • fiber optics communication networks
  • network management
  • configure and implement systems using current and emerging technologies in the networking and telecommunications field

The program emphasizes a practical application of information technology and provides students both breadth and depth of knowledge in information technology needed for professional success in the field.

Program of Study

Telecommunications and Computer Networking Curriculum
University Studies Curriculum (General Education)

In certain instances, specific University Studies courses are required for a degree. Courses are updated regularly, so be sure to meet with your advisor to design your academic plan.

Curricular Activities

We have developed laboratories to provide our students with an opportunity to master a working knowledge of the basic fundamentals to advanced concepts in network applications and systems administration.  Courses are accompanied by hands-on laboratories where students will:

  • Design, configuration, and setup of networked and telecommunication systems, client server programming, and network administration.
  • Configure network hardware and software on Linux and Microsoft based microcomputers that are connected to wireless systems, the Internet, and to a LAN/WAN with switches and routers.
  • Perform network protocol analysis and network performance using test equipment and hardware tools such as OptiView, Signal Pro, NS, Qualnet, and Opnet.
  • Work with multi-user, multi-tasking network operating systems such as UNIX, Linux, Windows 2000, NT, and XP with a focus on network administration.
  • Learn principles of communication systems, communication protocols such as Kermit, HDLC, and performance measurements of wired and wireless systems.
  • Learn principles and assembling of computers; installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of computer peripherals and system expansion, including operating systems, memory, disk drives, printers, and displays.
  • Develop WWW presence using Web technologies using HTML, scripting languages, and develop database connectivity.
  • Learn concepts of systematic on-going process of network analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, and security management.
  • Practice experiential problem solving skills through a senior design capstone course for students to work in teams to solve open-ended industrial projects.

Career Opportunities

  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Network Administrator/Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • System Administrator
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Technical Specialist