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Lake Superior State University

Computer Networking: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This degree gives students the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful in the field of computer networking. Courses cover a range of networking topics, including network operating systems, hardware, web page design, and system administration.

Students will have hands-on experience with Linux, Novell and Windows platforms, as well as networking hardware and operating system installation.

Some of the highlights of the program are:

  • Students get hands-on training in networking hardware and software, and receive the necessary concepts of hardware, software and network operating systems.
  • Students are prepared to take industry-standard examinations, such as those established by Cisco, Novell and Microsoft.
  • Students can choose software design, research, or co-operative education as their senior capstone experience.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Analyze the needs of a user, design a computer network to satisfy those needs, and install, modify and maintain the network environment relative to both hardware and software. (
Analyze Needs)

Design, install, and implement appropriate security, intrusion detection, and troubleshooting techniques and methodologies in a communication network. (Design)

Evaluate changes in technology, security, and user needs based on accepted and updated best practices in the field. (Security and Best Practices)

Communicate technical information relative to problems and solutions to both other professionals in the field as well as involved non-technical persons. (Communications)

Degree Requirements

Departmental Requirements (59 credits)

Departmental GPA must be 2.50 or higher

  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • CSCI105 Intro. to Computer Programming 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming 4
  • CSCI163 Troubleshooting & Repair of Personal Computers 3
  • CSCI211 Database Applications 3
  • CSCI221 Computer Networks 3
  • CSCI248 Network Operating Systems I 3
  • CSCI263 Managing Computer Security 3
  • CSCI281 Intro. to UNIX and Networking 3
  • CSCI292 Computer Networking Project 4
  • CSCI323 Routers and switches 3
  • CSCI348 Network Operating Systems II 3
  • CSCI351 Mobile Applications Development 3
  • CSCI371 Multi-Platform Application Development 3
  • CSCI412 UNIX System Administration 3
  • CSCI418 Senior Project I 3
  • CSCI419 Senior Project II 3
  • CSCI422 Network and Computer Security 3

Support Courses (12 credits)

Free Electives (17 -20)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.50 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.
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