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Help organizations run more effectively.

Succeed in an industry destined for growth.

As the use of computers and information technology expands into every industry and workplace, the need for those who are experienced in both information technology and security continues to grow. Using specialized skills and their understanding of business processes, they develop, troubleshoot, support, and protect computer networks to help organizations operate more effectively and securely.

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Information Technology and Security

Help organizations run more effectively.

Succeed in an industry destined for growth.

As the use of computers and information technology expands into every industry and workplace, the need for those who are experienced in both information technology and security continues to grow. Using specialized skills and their understanding of business processes, they develop, troubleshoot, support, and protect computer networks to help organizations operate more effectively and securely.

Career Facts

$75,790

Median salary for Network and Computer Systems Administrators

8%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$88,890

Median salary for Information Security Analysts

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Overview

Overview

In Baker’s Information Technology and Security program, you develop the broad base of skills and knowledge needed to manage information technology teams and handle the technical aspects of the network infrastructure and security.

Through a curriculum taught by IT professionals with years of industry experience, you learn all the fundamentals—operating systems concepts, networking essentials, and networking components—along with the latest techniques and approaches to network security.

As a graduate, you’ll have a solid foundation in the technical and business skills that prepare you for career opportunities in network administration, systems analysis, or similar positions.

Course Information

Course Information

This program requires the selection of one of four majors for graduation.

Information Technology Requirements71 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 106B

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):
ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, INF 121 or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I 4
CIS 114

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 Fundamentals 2
ITS 211

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 Security 4
ITS 321

4 Quarter Hours

Explores legal and ethical issues faced in the information technology field. Students will learn about ethical issues within an organization as they relate to relationships internally as well as with customers, partners, and society. In addition, students will learn of current legal issues in information technology such as intellectual property, privacy rules, and legislative actions. Exploration of the impact of these issues on current and proposed technical strategies will help prepare students to provide influence with regard to legal and ethical issues they will face in today’s organizations.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology 4
ITS 331

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with concepts needed for creating secure networks and systems requiring advanced planning. Once networks or systems are open to either the Internet or an internal user base, they are exposed to threats ranging from viruses to outright destruction. Therefore, designing these systems and networks with an understanding of their function and security needs before being exposed to these threats will provide information with its best defense. The objectives of this course are to create a framework to define the needed functions of the network or systems and ensure that secure methods are used to provide these tools. This course will focus on the use of tools to update these functions to continue to provide secure services. Finally, this course will also explore sites and services that can be used to discover new exploits and methods to secure them, and tools used by security professionals to audit the vulnerability of the network and systems.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Designing for Security 4
ITS 341

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces scripting language and its environment. Students will build scripts and utilities to automate system tasks and create powerful system management tools to handle the day-to-day tasks that drive a system administrator’s life. The course covers batch scripting, secure scripting and string processing. Students will also learn how to automate the scripting of security related functions.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 205, MNP 221
Scripting for Network Administrators 4
ITS 421

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the critical defensive technologies needed to secure network perimeters. Includes coverage of network security threats and goals, advanced TCP/IP concepts, router security, intrusive detection, firewall design and configuration, IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) design, and wireless network design and security. Material maps to the Security Certified Network Specialist certification (SCO-451).

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 331
Tactical Perimeter Defense 4
ITS 491

4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the knowledge and skills students have obtained in this program to plan, design, and research a network security environment that would mirror a real-world environment. This course will require a written research paper, an oral presentation, and the design of a network that utilizes the concepts learned within the core and specialization minors of their degree. This is a capstone research project.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Information Security Research and Design Project 4
LUX 205

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/Unix 4
MNP 201

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 I 4
MTH 401

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on data interpretation and practical application of introductory level statistics. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the use of statistics in various fields, including the ability to interpret results. Topics include development and analysis of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics (bivariate), and regression analysis. Students determine appropriate statistical methods, calculate basic statistical values, and analyze/interpret data sets including statistical software study results.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111
Statistical Methods 4
NET 101

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 freshman status.
Networking Essentials I 4
NET 102

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):
NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II 4
PPM 301

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the five processes of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Topics include an overview of the evolution of project management, tools and techniques, and the project life cycle. Students will gain experience with the basic techniques of project planning, scheduling, execution, and closure.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Project Management 4
WRK 291B

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 Strategies 1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CSC 121B

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 to provide a foundation. By the end of this course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Networks 4
NET 222

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 Routing 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CSC 222

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 Networking 4
NET 211

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 Networking 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MNP 171A

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 Configuration 4
MNP 181

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 Configuration 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
WRK 218

4 Quarter Hours

Provides twelve-weeks of intensive career research for Online campus students, who cannot obtain an internship, the opportunity to conduct intensive career research based on their major and career goals. Students will complete multiple career related research assignments, including two informational interviews. Eligible students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours and 75 percent of major core requirements prior to requesting enrollment in this course. Enrollment is allowed by permission from the Online Career Services (OCS) staff. Contact the OCS staff at careerserv-ol@baker.edu for more details.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience Project 4
WRKTC 201

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), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
General Education Requirements60 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 111A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Scientific Inquiry Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Scientific Inquiry Elective 4
ELECT 121A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Communication Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Communication Elective 4
ELECT 131A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective 4
ELECT 131B

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Global and Cultural Perspectives Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Global and Cultural Perspectives Elective 4
ELECT 141A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective 4
ELECT 141B

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Personal and Social Environments Electives (Bachelor Degree)

Personal and Social Environments Elective 4
ENG 101

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 I 4
ENG 102

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 II 4
MTH 111

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 equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4
MTH 112A

4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
College Algebra 4
SOC 321

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity 4
SPK 201

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 Communication 4
WRI 115

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 Communication 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 101

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 Relations 4
PSY 111

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 Psychology 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SPK 211

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to work effectively in groups. Students will collaborate to complete a group project and multiple presentations. Course content covers key concepts of group dynamics such as diversity, group roles, ethical issues, and conflict resolution. Students will hone group communication skills and effectively use technology to communicate with group members.

Prerequisite(s):
Education Majors: SPK 201.
Corequisite(s):
EDU 312A. All other majors: PSY 101 or PSY 111, SPK 201.
Group Dynamics 4
SPK 401A

4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking 4
Cisco Network Professional Major56 Hours

Total quarter hours required for graduation with Information Assurance Major – 191

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CSC 221B

8 Quarter Hours

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 121B.
Routing and Switching Essentials 8
CSC 231B

8 Quarter Hours

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 221B
Scaling Networks 8
CSC 241A

8 Quarter Hours

Discusses 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 configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 231B
Connecting Networks 8
CSC 301

4 Quarter Hours

Provides technology focused curriculum and is designed for networking and internetworking students pursuing opportunities in the health IT field. This course is designed for Cisco Networking Academy (R) students who are looking for career-oriented, entry-level healthcare focused specialist skills. The curriculum should be used as a specialty (healthcare) supplement for the CCNA certification.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 231A
Cisco Healthcare IT 4
CSC 331

6 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

CCNA Security 6
CSC 421

6 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to implement, monitor, and maintain routing services in an enterprise network. Students will learn how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing solutions, using a range of routing protocols in IPv4 and IPv6 environments. The course also covers the configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers. Comprehensive hands-on learning and practice reinforce configuration skills. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

CCNP Route 6
CSC 431

6 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to implement, monitor, and maintain switching in converged enterprise campus networks. Students will learn how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions. The course also covers the secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into campus networks. Comprehensive hands-on learning and practice reinforce configuration skills. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

CCNP Switch 6
CSC 441

6 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to monitor and maintain complex, enterprise routed and switched IP networks. Skills learned include the planning and execution of regular network maintenance, as well as support and troubleshooting using technology-based processes and best practices, in a systematic and industry recognized approaches. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

CCNP Tshoot 6
ITS 305

4 Quarter Hours

Discusses the key structure elements and terms of written information protection policy and reviews some typical policy contents. Prepares students to develop the related standards, procedures, and guidelines for implementing the policy. Evaluates the tools needed to select, develop, and apply a security program that meets business goals.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Security Policies and Auditing 4
Information Assurance Major52 Hours

Total quarter hours required for graduation with Information Assurance Major – 187

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ELECT 107A

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107B

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107C

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107D

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107E

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107F

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ITS 305

4 Quarter Hours

Discusses the key structure elements and terms of written information protection policy and reviews some typical policy contents. Prepares students to develop the related standards, procedures, and guidelines for implementing the policy. Evaluates the tools needed to select, develop, and apply a security program that meets business goals.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Security Policies and Auditing 4
ITS 315

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to assess and then correct the vulnerabilities present within information systems. Details methods and tools used in attacks and discusses countermeasures. Discusses available security resources. Analyzes attack “types.” Specifically covers intrusion detection systems.

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Information Systems Threat Assessment 4
ITS 325

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to understand the inherent vulnerabilities of a variety of systems including Windows and Linux/UNIX, and proactively defend against attacks on these systems. Covers defense strategies through understanding of system and file permissions, password and account security, the Windows Registry, Malware prevention, encryption, and Directory Service management via policies. Discusses hardening of network operating systems and remote network access through a detailed survey of built-in security tools and third party utilities.

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Corequisite(s):
ITS 315
Securing Systems 4
ITS 405

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to understand web and Internet security from an administrator, developer, and end user’s perspective. Covers topics regarding website security, including SSL encryption and web authentication. Examines risks that threaten a site and hardware and software tools available to protect against hacking, port scanning, and denial-of-service attacks.

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 325
Internet and Web Security 4
ITS 415

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to protect private networks from external security threats through the use of firewall systems. Discusses security holes in common Internet services and how to proactively defend against external attacks. Discusses the philosophies of firewall design, access lists, authentication, and general security policy. Covers a wide variety of firewall systems over multiple operating systems.

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Firewall Concepts 4
ITS 425

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an overview of computer forensics, operating systems and how they function. Students are introduced to forensic tools along with concepts such as chain of custody and documentation of evidence/procedures. Students learn how to act as an expert witness if needed to appear at a trial. The outcomes of this course map to the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists certification (IACIS).

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Computer Forensics and Investigation 4
ITS 435

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to identify risks within businesses and how to minimize loss. Discusses cost/benefit analysis of disaster recovery planning. Identifies methods for minimizing the risk of a disaster and the response tasks to be performed during a disaster. Details the development of a disaster recovery plan (DRP).

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Disaster Recovery 4
Internetworking Administration Major52 Hours

Total quarter hours required for graduation with Information Assurance Major – 187

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 107B

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of computer operating systems and maintenance concepts with a focus on practical application and troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 106B
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance II 4
ELECT 107A

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107B

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107C

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
NET 224

4 Quarter Hours

Examines router elements, RIP and IGRP routing protocols, router operating system software, configuration and installation, and LAN segmentation using bridges, routers, and switches. Covers the operation of the Spanning Tree protocol. Focus is on Cisco technology. Includes hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 222
Advanced Routers and Routing 4
NET 226A

4 Quarter Hours

Covers internetwork design concepts, LAN/WAN technologies, management and security principles, and naming and documentation practices. Includes hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 224
Designing Internetwork Solutions 4
NET 301

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an in depth explanation of switched networks in a Cisco environment. Students will study using Cisco equipment, but will be given the base knowledge of all topics that can be used on all vendor equipment. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CCNP SWITCH Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 241 or NET 224.
Building Multi-Layer Switched Networks 4
NET 311

8 Quarter Hours

Discusses advanced IP addressing and routing principles, including implementing scalable and secure Cisco ISR routers connected to LAN and WAN networks. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CCNP ROUTE Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 241 or NET 224.
Building Scalable Internetworks 8
NET 321A

4 Quarter Hours

Presents students with the important knowledge and skills necessary to plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks and to use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CCNP TSHOOT Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CSC 241 or NET 224.
Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks 4
NET 401

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot sub-optimal performance in a converged network environment. Covers topics on establishing a baseline, determining an effective troubleshooting strategy, resolving problems at the physical and data link layers, resolving problems at the network layer, and resolving problems at the transport and application layers. Prepares students for the Cisco 642-831 CCNP certification exam.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 311, NET 321A
Internetwork Troubleshooting 4
NET 411A

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for implementing advanced security solutions on Cisco firewalls. Covers the fundamentals of firewall and internetwork security, and demonstrates the use of the ASA command-line and ASDM interfaces. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CCNP FIREWALL Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 311
Securing Networks with Firewalls 4
NET 421A

4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the knowledge and skills students have obtained throughout the Routing program in this capstone course. Requires that students implement enterprise-level routing, switching, remote-access, wireless, security, and QoS solutions. Exposes the students to real-world troubleshooting and design scenarios through a series of complex labs.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 411A
Internetwork Design Project 4
Microsoft System Administration Major52 Hours

Total quarter hours required for graduation with Information Assurance Major – 187

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 107B

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of computer operating systems and maintenance concepts with a focus on practical application and troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 106B
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance II 4
CIS 331

4 Quarter Hours

Expands on the concepts learned in the introductory course in database creation by introducing students to higher levels of database development and computer science concepts. Students learn SQL in order to study the manipulation of a relational database. This course also includes a survey of database platforms.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 114 or CS 101 or INF 114A or NET 101.
Database Management Using SQL 4
ELECT 107A

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107B

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107C

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107D

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ELECT 107E

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4
ITS 305

4 Quarter Hours

Discusses the key structure elements and terms of written information protection policy and reviews some typical policy contents. Prepares students to develop the related standards, procedures, and guidelines for implementing the policy. Evaluates the tools needed to select, develop, and apply a security program that meets business goals.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Security Policies and Auditing 4
ITS 315

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to assess and then correct the vulnerabilities present within information systems. Details methods and tools used in attacks and discusses countermeasures. Discusses available security resources. Analyzes attack “types.” Specifically covers intrusion detection systems.

Prerequisite(s):
ITS 305
Information Systems Threat Assessment 4
MNP 202

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as implementing server images, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS) and group policy, remote access and network policies, data security, monitoring and update management. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 201
Microsoft Windows Server Administration II 4
MNP 203

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), identity management, rights management, federated services, network load balancing, failover clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 202
Microsoft Windows Server Administration III 4
MNP 431

4 Quarter Hours

Presents advanced topics to prepare aspiring IT professionals for planning, designing, and deploying a physical and a logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure including the network services necessary. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 203 or MNP 231.
Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure 4
MNP 432

4 Quarter Hours

Continues preparation for planning, designing and deploying a physical and logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructures including the network services, virtualization, server monitoring, failover clustering, continuity strategies, public key infrastructure, and information rights management infrastructure. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 431
Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 4
Program Description

Program Description

This program prepares graduates for career opportunities in information technology and security technology as network administrators, system analysts, or similar positions. Employees with information technology and security knowledge are considered an integral part of business information technology teams. Information technology professionals work in healthcare, business, information systems, technical, and engineering fields. They possess the skills to manage information technology teams as well as handle the technical aspects of network infrastructure.

Accreditation

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.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
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    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
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  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
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