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Program Description: The Computer Information Systems – Networking Specialist program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will design and configure a new desktop computer.
• Students will install and configure an operating system.
• Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a server environment.
• Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a complex local area network (LAN).

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here for the Cisco Track. Click Here for the Microsoft Track.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Networking Specialist, Diploma. Graduates who complete CIST 2451, CIST 2452, CIST 2453, and CIST 2454 are eligible to sit for the Cisco CCNA certification exam.

Credits Required for Graduation: 57 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation

Note: Credits from this program may be applied to a degree program.

For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, occupational information, etc., Please Click Here.


Credit Hours

1. Basic Skills Courses (8-9 hours)
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
And one of the following (2-3 hours)
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology (3)
And one of the following (3 hours)
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts (3)
MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry (3)
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
3. Occupational Courses (46 hours)
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts 4
CIST 1122 Hardware Installation and Maintenance 4
CIST Elec CIST Elective 14
XXXX xxxx CIST Operating Systems Elective 3
CIST Sec CIST Security Course 3

and one of the following (4 hours)
CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundamentals 4
CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks - CISCO 4

4. And one of the following specializations (16 hours)
CISCO Exploration Specialization 16
CIST 2452 CISCO Routing and Switching Essentials 4
CIST 2453 CISCO Scaling Networks 4
CIST 2454 CISCO Connecting Networks 4
and one of the following (4 hours)
CIST Elec CIST Elective 4
CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks - CISCO 4

Microsoft Specialization 16
CIST 2411 Microsoft Client 4
CIST 2412 Microsoft Server Directory Services 4
CIST 2413 Microsoft Server Infrastructure 4
CIST MS CIST Microsoft Course 4

Everett, Charles
Computer Information Systems Faculty
Business & Computer Technology
W: 229-227-2582
Fritz, Ed
CIS Faculty
Business & Computer Technology
W: 229-225-5242
Parrish, Chris
Computer Information Systems Faculty
Business & Computer Technology
W: 229-227-2581
Stokes, Robert
Business & Computer Technology
W: (229) 391-2618
Strawder, Kris
Computer Information Systems Faculty
School of Business
W: (229) 391-2610
Thomas, Adriane
Business & Computer Technology
W: (229) 217-4224