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Network Administration 
Certificate Program

The Computer & Information Systems option leads to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer Science. Students learn object oriented programming in C++ or Java and event driven programming in Visual Basic, client/server architecture, analysis & design of database systems, networking technologies, Windows and LINUX System Administration. Through a cooperative education program, students can gain work experience and earn college credits during their studies at Middlesex County College.

What will students learn if they study Computer Science?
Students learn on PC’s running the DOS, Windows, and LINUX operating systems. They learn several programming languages and administration of both LINUX and Windows systems. Students develop problem-solving and communication skills using modern information processing techniques.

Are there any requirements students must satisfy before taking courses in the major?
Algebra II is a prerequisite for all Computer Science majors. Algebra IIcompetency may be verified with a passing score on the College’splacement test or by completing the appropriate course. Students must alsohave a grade of “C” or better in algebra II and geometry.

Why major in Computer & Information Systems – Network Administration & Support Option?
Network Administration and Support Option of the CIS program leads to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer Science. Students learn network administration of Windows and LINUX operating systems. Problem solving skills are taught through the use of the object oriented programming language C++ or Java and the event driven programming Visual Basic. This program prepares students to take the certification tests for a PC Hardware operating systems technology, networking and security and Microsoft Windows MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional). Through a cooperative education program, students can gain work experience and earn college credits during their studies at Middlesex County College.

Can students transfer to a four-year college or university?
Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer all of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. They can complete the certificate in one year.