Computer Information Systems — Network Administration

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Covers a wide range of topics within the computer networking field including basic networking, Cisco CAN, computer repair, security and Wireless LANs, network server operating systems such as Microsoft Server, Novell NetWare and Unix/Linux, basic network connectivity, repairing and upgrading computers, setup and configuration of switches, routers, VLAN’s and VPN’s, security weaknesses of multiple types of systems, and administrative tasks including installation, user account creation, file system security, network printing and performance monitoring.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Install, maintain and administer a Novell NetWare operating system
  • 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: 

Complete 15 credits from:

  1. American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  2. Computer Literacy Outcome: The following course is required in this program and satisfies this General Education Outcome 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:

  3. Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher

  4. Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: Take either English sequence:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Required Support Courses

Complete 4 credit hours of MATH numbered 100 or above.*
Minimum Credit Hours: 

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

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68.0 (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: 

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 (

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Computer Information Systems


Business and Computer Technology Division • (313) 845-9804 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-211
Brent Fulton • (313) 845-6426 • • 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 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
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