Computer networking and applications

Academic Programs and Courses

The CNA Program has three areas of concentration: networking design and administration, network security, and computer applications. The common feature in all areas is a balance between theory and application. Students gain practical experience in lab-oriented classes where they apply theories and concepts.

Within the network design and administration-related area, the Network Modeling and Simulation major teaches students to design networks and evaluate network performance. The data communications minor provides a conceptual background in the operation, design and administration of networks.

The second area is network security. The Network Information Security Systems major and minor cover policy analysis, legal issues, and detection and correction of security vulnerabilities.

The third area is computer applications. Computer networking and application minors cover common office applications, programming, and basic networking.

Students are eligible to apply for admission to the major or minor after the following courses have been successfully completed:

Network Modeling and Simulation - CSCI 201, MATH 211, STAT 229, CNA 397 and 425.
Information Technology Security major - CNA 397, CSCI 201, and MATH 221.
Minors – CNA 267 and 397.

At the time of application, students must have at least 6 credits in the major from SCSU and at least a 2.5 GPA in all major or minor courses and all college-level courses. Once admitted, they must earn at least a C in all major or minor courses and maintain at least a 2.4 GPA in the major or minor to graduate.

Undergraduate Programs:

Bachelor of Science:
Network Modeling and Simulation – Major
(Note: This program is suspended and is not admitting new students.)

Information Technology Security - Major

Bachelor of Elective Studies:
Data Communication - Minor

Computer Networking and Applications- Minor

Bachelor of Arts:
Computer Networking and Applications - Languages, Software Packages and Communications - Minor
Computer Networking and Applications - Languages, Software Packages and Operating Systems - Minor

Data Communication – Minor

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Elective Studies
Network Information Security Systems - Minor

Graduate Program:

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Graduate Courses:

Computer Networking and Applications (CNA)

Information Assurance (IA)


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