Sep 27, 2023
School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Computer Science
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Networking A.A.S. degree prepares students for work in the field of computer networking. Students completing the degree are qualified for entry-level career opportunities in the expanding field of building and maintaining computer networks.
The program teaches students the information and communication technology (ICT) skills required to design, install, and manage networks. Students learn networking based on technology, covering networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical, and integrated approach – from network applications to the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students also become competent in configuring switches and routers for both LAN and WAN implementations. Other topics of study include network management, learning how to design and apply Access Control Lists and apply concepts relating to network security, maintenance, trouble shooting, and upgrading of facilities. Basic concepts of computer programming and IT essentials are learned, and students acquire a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. In addition, upon completion of of certain courses, students are prepared to take industry standard certifications such as CompTIA’s A+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), CCNA Voice, and CCNA Security examinations.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate the ability to design and maintain secure, voice, video, and data networks.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement and configure networked devices.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to administer and monitor networks.
- Exhibit mastery of problem-solving skills necessary for troubleshooting networks.
Note: This program has general education requirements that transfer to a four-year degree.
General Education Requirements - 27 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 37 Credits
Computer Science Electives
Satisfy 8 credits from the following:
Minimum Total Credits - 64
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Transfer Opportunities (non-SUNY)
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.