Computer Systems and Networking (APCSN)

Associate in Applied Science

In this associate degree program, students will learn about the latest desktop, server and networking technologies.  This program has a core of hardware, operating system, networking, and scripting courses that all students must complete.  In addition to these common core subjects, students will select a specialized track in one of the following areas, each of which has its own Associated Certificate Program

  • Local and Wide Area Networking
  • Microsoft Network Operating Systems (Server and Client)
  • Linux Network Operating Systems

The program also prepares students

  • who want the foundation skills necessary to obtain an entry level job in computer systems and/or networking fields
  • who want to transfer to a bachelor of science degree program at Eastern Michigan or other four year universities.

Highlights

  • Earn this Associate Degree in two years.
  • Use the APCSN Associate Degree for a direct transfer to Eastern Michigan University’s Technology Management Program where they will further their skills in computer systems and networking.
  • Use the APCSN Associate Degree for transfer to other four year institutions.

Requirements

  • Completion of the Computer Systems Technology (CTCSTC)  Certificate
  • Completion of one the Certificates associated with the four areas listed above.
  • Completion of the General Education requirements.

Admission Requirements for Eastern Michigan

Check with an advisor for information on transferring.  For details, see EMU Technology Management BS.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2024-2025 Academic Requirements

In this associate degree program, students will learn about the latest desktop, server, and networking technologies. This program has a core of hardware, operating system, networking, and scripting courses that all students must complete. In addition to the common core subjects, students will select a specialized track in one of the following areas: Local and Wide Area Networking, Microsoft Network Operating Systems (Server and Client), and Linux Network Operating Systems.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program, as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: https://www.wccnet.edu/learn/transfer-wcc-credits/articulation-agreements.php.

Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Computer Instruction Dept
Advisors
James Lewis
John Trame
Micheal Kidd
Sandro Tuccinardi
Raechel Espinoza

Concentrations

First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CST 120   Command Line Fundamentals 3
CST 160   Computer Systems Technology I 4
CST 165   Computer Systems Technology II 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CIS 120   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 3
CNT 201   Microsoft Client/Server Administration 3
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
Elective   Writing Elective(s)* 3
Elective   Math Elective(s) 3
Total 16
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CNT 211   Server Administration I 4
CNT 216   Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials 4
CNT 223   Networking with Windows Server 4
Elective   Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
BMG 205 or   Creating the Customer Experience
CST 270   Computer Forensics 3-4
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 4
Elective   Speech/Comp. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Soc. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Arts/Human. Elective(s) 3
Total 16
Total Credits Required
62
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CST 120   Command Line Fundamentals 3
CST 160   Computer Systems Technology I 4
CST 165   Computer Systems Technology II 4
CST 185   Local and Mobile Networking Essentials 4
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CIS 120   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 3
CNT 201   Microsoft Client/Server Administration 3
CNT 211   Server Administration I 4
Elective   Writing Elective(s)* 3
Elective   Math Elective(s) 3
Total 16
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
BMG 205 or   Creating the Customer Experience
CST 270   Computer Forensics 3-4
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
CNT 216   Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials 4
Elective   Soc. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Arts/Human. Elective(s) 3
Total 17
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CNT 226   Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (ENSA) 4
CNT 290 or   Network Forensics
CSS 210   Network Perimeter Protection - CCNA Security 4
Elective   Speech/Comp. Elective(s) 3
Elective   Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required
62

Footnotes

*Students transferring to a 4-year college should consider taking ENG 111 and completing MTA.