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CIT - Network Support and Security

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Steven Robinett

The Computer Information Technology (CIT) Program prepares individuals to assume a role in computer support with skills and responsibilities in user support, hardware and software troubleshooting, basic system maintenance, and cybersecurity.

The Network Support & Security Degree prepares students for a career in supporting Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) with a focus on the skills required to understand and manage the operation of a small and large computer network. The students will learn valuable technical skills to identify the security needs of an organization as well as be able to implement the appropriate protection and security of the system.

Upon completion of the Network Support & Security Degree, students will be able to successfully design, implement, manage and maintain effective network infrastructures; analyze data to determine security threats; and identify and prevent data threats and privacy invasion for both home and corporate clients as an entry level network technician/system administrator/system analyst/security analyst.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Utilize TCP/IP applications to prove their understanding of networking protocols used to control modern networking infrastructures.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations available within a network.
  • Master the concepts of the theoretical OSI networking model.
  • Secure network assets by exploring the mechanisms of ethical hacking and network defense.
  • Create, secure, maintain, and troubleshoot both wired and wireless network infrastructures and infrastructure devices.
  • Employ and master the skills needed to create, secure and maintain server based networks using both Microsoft Windows and open source Linux server systems.
  • Develop and implement a logical troubleshooting, security, and maintenance system for Personal Computing systems.
  • Prepare for networking support industry standard certifications such as: CCNA, CCNP, MCSA CompTIA Network+, CompTIA PenTest+, and CCNA Security

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $245
Books/Supplies $1,807
Total $8,917


Fall 2019 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

First Year
CSCI 105 Computer Fluency + 3
ITS 125 Fund of Voice & Data Cabling + 3
M 105 Contemporary Mathematics **,+ 3
NTS 104 CCNA 1: Intro to Networks *,+ 3
NTS 105 CCNA 2: Routing & Switching *,+ 3

First Year
ITS 210 Network OS - Desktop *,+ 3
NTS 204 CCNA 3: Scaling Networks *,+ 3
NTS 205 CCNA 4: Connecting Networks *,+ 3
ITS 280 Computer Repair & Maintenance *,+ 4
Select one of the following
WRIT 101 College Writing I **,+ 3
WRIT 121 Intro to Technical Writing **,+ 3

Second Year
COMX 115 Intro to Interpersonal Communc + 3
ITS 215 Network OS -Dir /Infrastructre *,+ 4
ITS 256 CCNA Security * 3
ITS 260 CCNP: Routing (equiv to 362) *,+ 4
Technical Electives *** 3-4

Second Year
ITS 224 Introduction To Linux * 4
ITS 264 CCNP: Switching (equiv to 364) *,+ 4
ITS 274 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense * 3
Select one of the following:
ITS 298 Internship *,+ 3
ITS 299 Capstone *,+ 3
Total Credits62-63


Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


Technical electives must be approved by program director.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.