Networking Degree


Networking is how computers operate and communicate with one another. It's how you are able to send emails from one computer to another, view a company's web page or stream music.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology-Networking at Southwestern Michigan College will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in computer networking or hardware support.

About the Information Technology—Networking Degree

The Networking degree is designed to teach you all the skills you need to begin a career in networking, computer repair, or computer security in just two years.

Beginning coursework give a straightforward introduction to the field, teaching students the basics of computer hardware, maintenance and repair and networking. Students then move on to in-depth studies of desktop infrastructure, installing and administering servers, network security and CISCO routers and switches.

Students can choose to specialize in database, support or management information system (MIS).

In addition to the technical know-how, students will also gain invaluable business and professionalism skills such as project management, presentation and business communication.

Required internships provide students an opportunity to apply their skills with resume-worthy experience.

Because of the solid foundation in both technical knowledge and business and the internship experience, students are fully prepared to enter the workforce as confident professionals capable of advancing to management positions.

Students have the option to earn internationally-recognized certifications from CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft and more.

You'll learn...

  • How to diagnose and fix hardware problems and operating systems
  • How to extend the life of PCs through preventative maintenance
  • About the types, protocols, transmission methods and IEEE standards of wireless communication
  • About network operating systems, file servers, workstations, topologies, protocols, cabling and network applications
  • How to plan, diagnose and implement desktop infrastructures using USMT, MDT, VDI and more
  • Installation and administration of Windows Server
  • Network security, leading to CompTIA’s Security+ Certification
  • How to configure, install and troubleshoot CISCO routers and switches
  • How to design, deploy and manage physical and virtual Windows Server application management infrastructure
    Curriculum Guide

    View the course plan for the Associate in Applied Science in Networking degree at Southwestern Michigan College.

    Career Options & Salaries
    Network Administrator:           $82,050
    Computer Systems Analyst:           $88,740
    Information Security Analyst:           $98,350
    Computer Network Architects:           $109,020
    Computer and Information System Managers:           $142,530
    2018 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Bachelor's Degrees

    The IT-Networking degree ladders directly into the Computer Information Technology bachelor’s degree program through Ferris at SMC.

    Ferris at SMC students can pay three years at SMC’s low tuition and only one year of Ferris tuition. Check it out!


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