Students majoring in CNIT will be required to gain expertise in designing,
implementing and maintaining local area and wide area network systems from
industry leaders; application development and web designing using .NET,
VBScript, and languages such as VB.NET, C, C++; databases; system administration
in Windows Server/Professional, UNIX/Linux, and IBM environment.
The CNIT specialization is intended to produce skilled professionals with depth
in theoretical and practical applications in computer networks and the general
information technology area to permit analysis, design, and maintenance of
networks, related applications and technologies. Certification with external
bodies such as, Microsoft, and Cisco is required throughout the program to
ensure industry level standard of competence. At least two semesters of
practical work experience in co-ops or internships are expected before
The CNIT curriculum program in the Department of Advanced Technologies is a
rigorous set of courses aimed at producing high quality engineers and
technicians capable of facing challenges of the real world. Internships and
Co-ops will be required and provided during the Fall, Spring, and Summer
semesters for the students to have practical experiences required by industry.
Certification: Certification exams are required at the end of the sophomore
year, and before the last semester prior to graduation.
All students completing degree programs in the department are expected to pursue
graduate studies in a cognate area. Some will enter graduate school immediately;
others will work full-time while pursuing graduate studies part-time.
Computer Networking and Information Technology majors will work in diverse
industrial and governmental environments which will require critical knowledge,
skills, and abilities. The information technology faculty and its advisory
council encourage computer networks, information systems, integrated
manufacturing, GIS & remote sensing, energy and power systems, and computer
science as priority areas. Modern industrial production operations will require
networking professionals to run the array of information technologies which are
the key infrastructure supporting their commerce. If you need additional
diversification of your program of study, your advisor will recommend a course
from the list of technology course descriptions in the Description of Courses
section of this catalog.