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Below is the list of Computer Information Systems Elective courses to choose from within the two CIS disciplines of Information Systems and Information Technology. Hover over the course name and number for detailed course description.

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Computer Information Systems Electives

Below is the list of Computer Information Systems Elective courses to choose from within the two CIS disciplines of Information Systems and Information Technology. Hover over the course name and number for detailed course description.

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Information Systems Electives
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 119A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the fundamentals of computer operations, control language, and file design in the iSeries environment.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 101 or INF 114A or NET 101.
iSeries CL and File Design 4
CIS 132A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces program design and development using the RPG IV language. Students will analyze business problems and prepare program definitions as a basis for computerized solutions to those problems. Students interested in accounting applications are encouraged to choose this language option.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 119A
RPG IV 4
CIS 233A

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on advanced language features using the RPG IV language. Students are also introduced to the RPG II and RPG III languages.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 132A
Advanced RPG IV 4
CIS 311

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of advanced methods of writing Object-Oriented/Event-Driven (OOED) applications using Visual BASIC.NET. Using realistic case studies, students will exhibit their ability to write code for variables, selection structure, repetition, sequential access files, dialog boxes, error trapping, viewing and manipulating databases, and two-dimensional arrays. Students will also demonstrate their ability to work with a team to design, create, test, debug, document, and present an advanced, multi-form Visual Basic application that incorporates concepts learned in CIS310 and CIS311.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 310
Advanced Visual BASIC 4
CIS 404

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of processor function and system design. Students will evaluate the performance of a given microprocessor using common benchmarks, analyze instruction sets in HLL, RISC, and CISC architectures, and expand their understanding of binary operations and related impact on ALU design. Students will research and compare performance and design factors in parallel, pipelined, and multiprocessor designs; analyze branch prediction impact on program design; and evaluate the effectiveness of hierarchical memory designs. Throughout this course students will engage in periodic research on various topics and will also complete an independent, comprehensive, in-depth analysis of an instructor-approved topic in high performance computer architecture.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 340
CIS 303A or EET 226A.
Advanced Computer Architecture 4
CIS 421B

4 Quarter Hours

Exposes students to database administration and the duties of a database administrator (DBA) to include database monitoring, backup and recovery, troubleshooting, and tuning for reliability and performance. Students will install, configure, and maintain an RDBMS including security, backup and recovery operations, and performance tuning.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 302A or CIS 331.
Database Administration I 4
CIS 422

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the database administration tasks introduced in CIS 421B with a focus on backup and recovery tools and techniques, archiving, loading and transporting data, network administration, and server-side and client-side configuration.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 421B
Database Administration II 4
CS 241

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to using the JAVA programming language for developing applications. This is the first of two JAVA programming courses. The use of JAVA in Web-based client and server programming is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 111 or one level of a programming language.
Java Programming 4
CS 242

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the use of the Java programming language for developing applications.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 241
Advanced Java Programming 4
CS 346

4 Quarter Hours

Examines issues related to security from a software developer point of view. Topics include a review of security breaches related to commercial software as well as hands-on activities focused on adding security-related features or debugging security-related problems in an application.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 231
Programming for Security 4
CS 391

4 Quarter Hours

Explores current and past research conducted in the field of computer science. Students will engage in a research project of personal interest.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 401
Junior status.
Research in Computer Science 4
CS 406

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a real-world opportunity for students to build a unique basic operating system for a platform of their choice.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 404, CS 322
Operating System Development 4
CS 422A

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the ability to create and maintain database objects to store, retrieve, and manipulate data. In addition, students will write queries to retrieve, summarize, and modify data using joins and subqueries. Students will learn how to create and execute stored procedures and functions. This course also introduces participants to database triggers.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 331, CS 111
Database Programming I 4
CS 423

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the database programming tasks introduced in CS 422A with a focus on creating custom forms and reports, using advanced debugging techniques, and integrating database applications.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 422A
Database Programming II 4
DMD 131

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to raster-based editing software used to produce graphics for the web and print. Topics include basic image adjustment and retouching techniques as well as methods for manipulating, repairing, and combining images.

Prerequisite(s):
Any of the INF courses.
Introduction to Graphic Imaging 4
SPN 103

4 Quarter Hours

Continues beginning Spanish designed for students who have successfully completed SPN 102. This course continues to develop the student’s ability to speak, read, write and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisite(s):
SPN 102 or 2 years high school Spanish.
Spanish III 4
WEB 111B

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces concepts in website development using Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML) and other components such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript. Topics will include: evolution of web development, website design concepts, standard HTML techniques, and trends in the field of web Development.

Introduction to HTML 4
WEB 121A

4 Quarter Hours

Instructs students in the creation of a website and in the use of web page development tools. Students apply their skills in the creation of web pages using text, graphics, tables, and frames. This course will enable students to create their own web pages and websites for publishing information on the Internet. Emphasis on effective design and layout of web pages and sites is provided.

Prerequisite(s):
Any INF course or WEB 111B.
World Wide Web Design 4
WEB 131

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation in website development through practice and hands-on activities. Students prepare web-based solutions through thoughtful, structured design with a focus on content structure as well as presentation. Web pages are developed using current methodology including CSS and HTML5.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 111B.
Web Development I 4
WEB 132

4 Quarter Hours

Provides professional level website development through practice and hands-on activities. Students prepare professional level web-based solutions for multiple Internet capable devices through thoughtful, structured design with a focus on content structure as well as presentation. Web pages are developed using current enhanced methodology including JavaScript and jQuery.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 131
Web Development II 4
WEB 201

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to web-development tools for animation. Enables students to produce websites with interactive objects, graphics, and animation.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 111B.
Web Multi-Media 4
WEB 211

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the skills in utilizing Java-script and HTML. Enables students to integrate Java-script and HTML to create interactive websites that include pop-up windows, pop-up menus, and image rollovers. This course includes working with forms, images, frames, windows and cookies.

Prerequisite(s):
CS 111
WEB 111B, CS 111
Web Scripting 4
WEB 221

4 Quarter Hours

Enables students to work with CGI/scripts for creating interactive web applications. Students will install and modify scripts as part of site development projects. The course also includes web-database integration.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 211
Interactive Web Design 4
WEB 241

4 Quarter Hours

Provides experienced Flash designers with the knowledge and hands-on practice they need to create event-driven animation and interactive web elements. Introduction of core ActionScript concepts is also included.

Prerequisite(s):
WEB 201
ActionScript Programming 4
Information Technology Electives
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CIS 211

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the elements of establishing superior information technology service and support. Focus is on interdepartmental cooperation. Customer contact skills including listening, courtesy, conflict management, problem solving, decision making, ethics, follow-up, communications, and user training are covered to enhance the image of the business with internal and external customers.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 201
CSS 211
Information Technology Customer Service and Support 4
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 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
CSC 223

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 Networking 4
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
EET 111A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces electrical fundamentals, including nomenclature, symbols, SI units, and schematic diagrams. Covers conductors, voltage, current, resistance, and power. Uses Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, and Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law to analyze series circuits and voltage dividers. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments in building and measuring circuits using a breadboard, multimeter, and power supply.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Electrical Technology 4
EET 115D

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of electrical circuits using Ohm’s, Watt’s, and Kirchoff’s Laws to analyze parallel, series-parallel, and ladder networks. Covers the Thevenin, Norton, and Superposition Theorems, and the loop current method of circuit analysis. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments, the use of test and measurement equipment, and technical report writing. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 111A
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
MTH 111
DC Circuits 4
EET 136

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces digital logic, circuits, and systems. Covers number bases (binary, octal, decimal, hexadecimal), codes (2’s complement, floating point), integer arithmetic, and logic functions. Uses Boolean algebra, DeMorgan’s Laws, and Karnaugh maps to minimize logic functions. Surveys digital circuit parameters, and adders, comparators, encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, and parity generators.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 115D, MTH 111
Digital Circuits I 4
EET 216

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of digital systems with sequential logic components. Covers S-R and D latches, D and J-K flip-flops, and memory structures. Surveys counters, frequency dividers, timers, one-shots, shift registers, Flash memory, static RAM, dynamic RAM, and interfacing. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments, and includes one design project.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 136
Digital Circuits II 4
ITS 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a background in information security, security management, and the technical components of security. Students will be given an overview of the entire field of information security: the history, the terminology, and the management aspects of information security programs with sufficient detail to facilitate an understanding of information security systems and their management.

Introduction to Information System Security 4
ITS 221

4 Quarter Hours

Examines the major network security tools in use today, with the idea that firewalls are most effective when backed by thoughtful security planning, well-designed security policies, and integrated support from anti-virus software, intrusion detection systems, and related tools. Coverage includes packet filtering, authentication, proxy servers, encryption, bastion hosts, virtual private networks (VPNs), log file maintenance, and intrusion detection systems. Students will also learn about relevant National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines that are used by businesses and information technology professionals.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211.
VPN/Firewall Architecture and Management I 4
ITS 222

4 Quarter Hours

Continues coverage from ITS221 and provides realistic projects and cases incorporating cutting-edge technology and current trends, giving students the opportunity to hone and apply the knowledge and skills they will need as working professionals. Provides students with an understanding of key concepts and skills necessary to install and manage a firewalled network, how to gain maximum security from the firewall, and how to resolve firewall performance issues.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 221.
VPN/Firewall Architecture and Management II 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
LUX 211

4 Quarter Hours

Explores shell programming issues in a Linux/UNIX environment. Students should understand basic commands for file manipulation and directory navigation. While addressing the existence of other shells, this course focuses on the BASH shell. The topics covered include basic OS concepts and script writing, file System structure, debugging techniques, control structures (decision/looping), functions, arrays, and text processing.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 205
Shell Programming 4
LUX 261

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces system administration for individual or local Linux/Unix systems. The topics will cover the essential duties of a Linux/Unix system administrator including: booting and shutting down systems, user administration, root system powers, file system creation and administration, devices and drivers, adding hardware, backing up/restoring file systems, system log files, and kernel modifications. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize shell scripts to automate system administration and troubleshooting problems.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 211
Corequisite(s):
NET 102
Linux/Unix System Administration I 4
LUX 262

4 Quarter Hours

Continues system administration for Linux Workstations. The topics will cover those of a junior to intermediate level Linux system administrator including: Dynamic host configuration, domain name system, network file systems, remote administration, sharing with windows clients, e-mail, Web, FTP, and proxy servers.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 261
Linux/Unix System Administration II 4
LUX 263

4 Quarter Hours

Concludes system administration for Linux Workstations. The topics will cover the duties of an intermediate level Linux system administrator including: Customizing system startup, file system repair, compiling custom kernels, routing, and multiple security techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 262
Linux/Unix System Administration III 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 211

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively install, configure, administer and support the primary services of a Microsoft Windows Server system such as managing, and supporting user and computer accounts, groups, Domain Name System zones and client settings; group policy objects; the new Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service and Active Directory Rights Management Service; backup and recovery; and communication security. Passage of the corresponding exam 70-640, will count towards completion of the MCITP certifications.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 221
Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 4
MNP 221

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively configure remote access, Network Access Protection (NAP), network authentication, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, and Domain Name System (DNS) replication; capturing performance data and monitoring event logs; and managing file and print services. The course assists in preparation for Microsoft exam #70-642. Passage of the corresponding exam will count towards completion of the MCITP certifications.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A
Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure 4
MNP 231

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively configure, manage, and support user and computer accounts, groups, Domain Name System zones, client settings, and group policy objects; the new Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service and Active Directory Rights Management Service; configuring remote access, Network Access Protection, Network Authentication, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, and Domain Name System (DNS) Replication; creating virtual machines; installing server core; planning server roles; maintaining server security; planning data storage, network load balancing, and server backups; managing software deployment and versioning; and scheduling server deployments. The course assists in preparation for Microsoft exam #70-646. Passage of the corresponding exam will count towards completion of the MCITP certifications.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 221
Administering Windows Server 2008 4
MNP 301

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server product features and tools related to implementing and maintaining a database. Topics include installing and configuring SQL Server, manipulating SQL data files and implementing data integrity and security. Content of this course maps to Microsoft’s SQL Server certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 331
MCSE 264 or MNP 211.
Corequisite(s):
CSS 211.
Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 4
MNP 311

4 Quarter Hours

Provides the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, configure, manage and maintain a SharePoint environment for both on-premise and SharePoint Online servers. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to deploy and manage applications in a SharePoint environment. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 301
CSS 211, MCSE 264 or MNP 221.
Configuring Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 4
MNP 321

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to install and manage Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Topics include managing routing, client access and messaging security, recovering messaging servers and databases, as well as monitor and troubleshoot Exchange Server 2007. Content of this course maps to Microsoft’s 70-236 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211, MCSE 264 or MNP 211.
Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 4
MNP 401

4 Quarter Hours

Teaches students how to plan, implement, and support Terminal Services and Internet Information Server 7.0. Content of this course maps to Microsoft’s 70-643 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
CSS 211, MCSE 264 or MNP 221.
Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure 4
MNP 411

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the role of Enterprise Administrator. The enterprise administrator is responsible for the overall IT environment and architecture, translates business goals into technology decisions, designs mid-range to long-term strategies and is responsible for infrastructure design and global configuration changes. Topics include network infrastructure, directory services, identity management and authentication, security policies, best practices, standards, and service level agreements (SLAs). Content of this course maps to Microsoft’s 70-647 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 401
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator 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
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
VCP 201

4 Quarter Hours

Explores the installation, configuration and management of VMware vSphere. The course is based on ESXi and vCenter Server and gives students practical lab experience in installing vSphere components; configuring and managing ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server; deploying, managing and migrating virtual machines; monitoring ESXi resources; and using vCenter to manage high availability and data protection of virtual systems. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
LUX 205 or MNP 171A
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage 4
VCP 202

4 Quarter Hours

Builds skills in the VMware View suite of products, which includes VMware View Manager, View Composer and VMware ThinApp. Students will gain experience in installing and configuring View components; creating and managing dedicated and floating desktop pools, deploying and managing linked-clone virtual desktops; configuring user profiles with View Persona management; configuring secure access to desktops through a public network; and using ThinApp to package applications

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 201
VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage 4
VCP 211

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on providing students with advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure. Students perform labs teaching them to diagnose and rectify configuration problems with VMware ESXi hosts and vCenter Server. Skills taught include using the VMware vSphere Management Assistant appliance to rectify problems; using a network sniffer to capture and display virtual switch network traffic; and using vSphere Client and command-line tools to troubleshoot VMware vMotion, VMware Storage vMotion, VMware High Availability, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler and virtual machine power-on problems. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 201
VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting 4
VCP 212

4 Quarter Hours

Combines topics from two VMware courses and gives students additional training in monitoring and managing performance as well as best practices for the secure design, deployment and operation of in the VMware vSphere environment. Skills taught include using vSphere tools to monitor performance of ESXi hosts; diagnose performance problems relating to CPU, memory, network and storage on ESXi hosts; achieving optimal virtual machine configurations; identifying vulnerabilities and recommending corrective actions in the design of a vSphere environment; hardening vSphere components as described in the vSphere Hardening Guide; and recommending configuration and change management policies, processes and systems.

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 211
VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance and Security 4

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  • 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.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • 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.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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?
    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.
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