Computer Information Systems — Network Administration

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Covers a wide range of topics within the computer networking and system administration fields. Included within the program are Cisco CCNA courses covering the setup and configuration of switches, routers, VLAN’s, VPN’s, and WANs. Security, Wireless LANs, Voice over IP and OS Virtualization courses are also required. Microsoft Windows Server and Unix/Linux are the two main network server operating systems that students perform various administrative tasks including installation, configuration, user account creation, file system security, DNS, DHCP, network printing and performance monitoring just to mention a few. Students may also focus on computer repair and operating systems troubleshooting.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Install, maintain, and administer Windows Server operating system.
  • Develop the programming logic required for system scripts.
  • Interface with the Unix/Linux operating system, including the vi editor, file management, and shell scripting.
  • Install, maintain, and administer the Unix/Linux operating system.
  • Develop a comprehensive security plan and create security policies to mitigate network vulnerabilities.
  • Design, implement, and document a comprehensive network environment.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot network devices.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

2. Communication: Complete one of the following:

3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

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

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.

Other Information

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Prepares students for a number of Industry Certification Exams, including Comp-TIA A+, Comp-TIA Network+, Comp-TIA Security+, Microsoft Windows Server Administration (MCP), and Cisco Systems Certified Network Associate (CCNA). These certification tests are administered at HFC'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 (

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Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Brent Fulton: 313-845-6226,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-162I

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
Career Opportunities: 

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