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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Computer Networking Technology - Cisco Option Associate Degree from Baker College

Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - CISCOAssociate of Applied Science

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Prepare for a wide range of great opportunities.

Networking technicians apply their specialized knowledge and skills to keep information flowing within organizations. They build, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain the hardware and software that power computer networks, with expertise in local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), intranets, wireless, and other communication systems.

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Career Facts

$48,900

Median salary for Computer Support Specialists

17%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$72,560

Median salary for Network Administrators

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Overview

Baker's Information Technology program with the Computer Networking Technology (Cisco) major is designed and taught by industry professionals to prepare you for a career in designing, building, and maintaining computer networks.

Through a combination of classroom work, hands-on training and an externship, you learn all the essentials—network hardware and software, Cisco networking products, LAN, WAN, wireless systems and networking security. And because our class sizes are small, you have lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and in-depth learning.

When you graduate, you will be fully prepared to sit for multiple certification exams—Cisco CCNA (Certified Network Associates), wireless and VoIP certifications, CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Network+ certifications—and ready to begin a successful career.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Information Technology Requirements31 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 106B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to computer operating systems and maintenance concepts. Students will study the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and will receive a brief introduction to Linux. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, INF 111 or INF 121 or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I4
CIS 114
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the underlying principles of information and database structure in electronic database management systems. Students will be introduced to types of information, table structure, features of a relational database, basic concepts of database design and normalization, and basic overviews of the roles of database administrators and professionals. Students will also be introduced to introductory SQL commands using a command line and existing databases.

Database Fundamentals2
ITS 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a strong foundation in network security concepts, along with analysis and design of these systems. It is a preparatory course in network security methodologies and helps prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.

In the following programs: Information Systems, Cyber Defense, CISCO Networking with Wireless and Voip

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Network Security4
LUX 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to Linux/Unix, its history, characteristics, and system basics from a user's perspective. The following concepts are introduced: basic file structures; navigational tools; file manipulation tools; file permissions and access; 'vi' editor basics; remote terminal emulation; mail; shell fundamentals; quoting and special characters; filename generation; input/output redirection; pipelines; multitasking and input arguments. Students will demonstrate the ability to use Linux/Unix commands at the command-line level.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency. INF 111 or INF 131 or INF 121 or INF 161 or NET 101.
Introduction to Linux/Unix4
MNP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A or MNP 181.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration I4
NET 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of computing. Topics include occupations within the field, terminology, basic computer and networking concepts and database concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 091 or basic computer skills.
Networking Essentials I4
NET 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basic issues related to data communications and networking technologies. Topics include the OSI model, network topologies, protocols, and the fundamentals of internetworking. TCP/IP addressing is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 111 and INF 112, or INF 111 and INF 114A, or INF 121 and INF 114A, or NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced. Students build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Network Fundamentals4
NET 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the concepts of routers, the OSI reference model, IP addressing, subnetting, data link and network addresses, and concepts of data encapsulation. Includes hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Routers and Routing4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MNP 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 7 Configuration4
MNP 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 8, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 8 Configuration4
General Education Requirements20 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
CISCO Major28 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 221A
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8 Quarter Hours

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols. Students learn how to configure a router for basic and advanced functionality and how to troubleshoot routers and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 121A.
Routing Protocols and Concepts8
CSC 231A
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8 Quarter Hours

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of a converged switched network. Students learn about the hierarchical network design model and how to configure a switch for basic and advanced functionality. Students will troubleshoot and resolve common issues with Virtual LANs, VTP, and inter-VLAN routing in a converged network and develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 221A.
LAN Switching and Wireless8
CSC 241
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8 Quarter Hours

Describes the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to troubleshoot and resolve common issues with data link protocols and develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement Network Address Translation (NAT), IPSec, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 231A.
WAN Design and Network Management8
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to sit for the Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist exam (Cisco #642-582 WLANFE). After completing this Cisco Academy course students will be able to design, configure and maintain enterprise-class WLANs and building-to-building wireless bridges. This course focuses on a comprehensive overview of WLAN radio technologies (802.11a,b and g) and topologies, products and solutions, site surveys, resilient WLAN design, and WLAN Security (802.1x, EAP, LEAP, WEP, SSID). Labs focus on wireless access point configuration and bridging applications.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 221A.
Cisco Wireless Networking4
NET 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the planning, designing, installing and configuring of wireless LANs. Offers in-depth coverage of wireless networks with extensive coverage of IEEE 802.11 b/a/g/pre-n implementation, design, managing, security, and troubleshooting. Material is reinforced with hands-on projects. This course prepares students for the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Wireless Networking4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 223
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to sit for the Cisco Voice Over IP exam (Cisco #642-432 CVOICE). This course examines technologies that carry voice communications over an IP network, including digitization and packetization of voice and fax streams over packet and cell-based networks (FR and ATM). VoIP standards and protocols such as SIP and H.323 are addressed. QoS, traffic aggregation issues, bandwidth management and network assessment are also investigated. The major challenges of VoIP development, implementation, and major VoIP product development trends will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 222.
Cisco Voice Networking4
ELECT 107A
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4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 99

Program Description

Information Technology professionals install, configure, secure, and support an organization’s
computing systems including:

  • PCs and other devices
  • Local Area Networks (LANs) 
  • Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Internet systems

They monitor business and company networks. IT professionals also perform necessary repairs
and maintenance to support network availability for all system users.

The Baker College Information Technology Associate Degree program provides a solid foundation for students to pursue this growing occupation while allowing the flexibility to choose an area of concentration. Foundational courses align with industry certifications including:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+

The Information Technology Associate of Applied Science offers six major options to choose from:

COMPUTER NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY—CISCO: 
This is a Cisco Networking Academy Partner program that prepares you for a career in designing, building, and maintaining computer networks.

Learn more about other Information Technology major options here:
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - Microsoft
Information Technology: Cyber Security
Information Technology: IT Support Specialist
Information Technology: Linux/Unix Systems Technology
Information Technology: VMware Certified Professional

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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