IT Systems Specialist


Applied Science & Technology Division

The IT Systems Specialist is a two-year program designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to become a computer network technician. Courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Students who successfully complete this program qualify for a variety of entry-level positions in the computer industry. The program provides a foundation for those who are seeking Cisco, Microsoft Windows, Com TIA Security+ and CompTIA A+ certifications. National competency requirements have been used to develop the curriculum. Students also will develop a working knowledge of wireless communications and Voice over IP courses that have been added to better prepare students for the modern computing job market. These courses may be used as a basis for a four-year degree with capstone programs at senior-level institutions.

Total Hours: 67

First Semester
Credit Hours
CNS 1210 Network Fundamentals 5.00
CNS 1212 Hardware/Operating Systems 5.00
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers 3.00
ORIE 1101 Orientation 1.00
Elective Non-Technical 3.00
Second Semester
CNS 1221 Network Router Technology 5.00
CNS 1231 Windows Professional 3.00
CSCI 1255 Microsoft Access Database 3.00
MATH 1201 Technical Mathematics 1, 2, 3 3.00
WCT 2260 Wireless LAN/WAN 4.00
Third Semester
CNS 1232 Windows Server 3.00
CNS 1234 Linux Networking 3.00
CNS 2221 Intro to Communications 3.00
CNS 2224 LAN Switching 4.00
ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition 3.00
Fourth Semester
CNS 1235 Linux Server 3.00
CNS 2228 Security 3.00
CNS 2230 Network Implementation 3.00
COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking 2 3.00
WCT 2220 Voice over IP 4.00
1Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test results.
2Recommended taking class prior to First Semester or during Summer Term between Second and Third Semesters.
3Recommended: Students transferring to SIUC should take MATH 1108.
4Advisory Committee recommends BUSI 1101- Intro to Business.
NOTE: Students must be able to type 25 words per minute.
NOTE: Reading course(s) may be required based on test scores.
NOTE: Anyone who has not met state requirements concerning the Constitution must take HIST 2101, POLI 1101 or POLI 2101.