Computer Information Systems — Network Administration

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Business and Computer Technology - (313) 845-9645 -

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Network Administration covers a wide range of topics within the computer networking field. Classes include basic networking, Cisco CAN courses, computer repair, security and Wireless LAN’s to name a few. Network server operating systems such as Microsoft Server, Novell NetWare and Unix/Linux are also covered in-depth.

Classes also include extensive laboratory work ranging from basic network connectivity to repairing and upgrading computers. In the Cisco labs, a student will learn to setup and configure switches, routers, VLAN’s and VPN’s. The security courses offer labs that have students dissect the security weaknesses of multiple types of systems. When the student takes the networking operating system classes, they perform a wide variety of administrative tasks including installation, user account creation, file system security, network printing and performance monitoring.

Career Opportunities: 

• PC Software Installation • PC Hardware Installation • Network Administration • Computer Network Support Specialist • Network Control and Systems Technician • LAN/WAN Technician • Cabling Installation Technician

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

The AAS degree in Network Administration prepares students to successfully complete a number of Industry Certification Exams, including Comp-TIA A+, Comp-TIA Network+, Comp-TIA Server+, Comp-TIA Security+, Novell NetWare Certified Network Administrator (CNA), Microsoft Windows Server Administration (MCP), and Cisco Systems Certified Network Associate (CCNA). These certification tests are administered at HFCC''s M-TEC Center, 3601 Schafer Rd., Dearborn, MI
48126, 313-317-6600. Payment and scheduling of these exams are through the Pearson-Vue Web site (

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Complete 4 credit hours of MATH numbered 100 or above.*

*The following courses do not meet the requirements for this program: MATH 121, MATH 127, MATH 221, and MATH 225.

updated 09/17/12

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.