Computer Network Administration


If you enjoy creating solutions, working with others, and mastering the software or network technology that drives the world today, studying Computer Network Administration at SAU will help you reach your professional goals.

In addition, we offer majors in Computer Science and Computer Network Security. And our 4+1 program allows you to earn your undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management in five years, saving you time and tuition.

Our graduates work at Bandag Inc., Command Business Systems, Equistar Chemical, Deere & Company, MA Ford Manufacturing, and many others.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Hands-on Experience
  • Senior Capstone Project
  • Comprehensive Education

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Our faculty are up-to-date on new technologies and innovations. They work side-by-side with you as you learn to translate theory, build technical proficiency, and incorporate innovations into the real-world.

Read our fact sheet on Computer Network Administration (pdf)


More Information on the Computer Network Administration Program

What will I learn?

Our faculty deliver curriculum that gives you a solid technology background along with critical business communication and management skills. Courses include programming, networks and data communications, legal and ethical issues, forensics, computer and network security, technical writing, business communication, and management. To wrap up your undergraduate career, you will complete a capstone project working with SAU's IT department in our state-of-the-art server room.

Our internship program offers you quality, hands-on experience. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network and technology experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems.

In addition, we offer majors in Computer Science and Computer Network Security

If you want to pursue an advanced degree, you'll be exceedingly prepared for graduate school, and many choose to continue their education at SAU. Our Master of Science in Information Technology Management prepares IT professionals to effectively analyze, create, and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization. And with our 4+1 program, you can earn both degrees in five years, saving you time and tuition. 

All of our programs are strengthened by our CIS Alumni Advisory Council. These 15 alumni are well-established, successful, working IT professionals and industry leaders from across the U.S., and they are invested in the university and care about our students. They give us input and feedback on our curriculum and advise us on industry trends, which helps ensure your education is relevant and strong, and you gain the skills to succeed now and in the future.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Rachel VanderHeiden '98, '00, '03 MBA, is an IT Leader for Deere & Company. "The coaching I received from professors helped me get multiple internships and part-time jobs throughout college."
  • Mitch Myers '86, a vice president of customer success at BMC Software in Plano, Texas, is confident the computer science and business classes at SAU helped him "learn how to learn. It was less about specific skills such as programming and more about learning how to think about business and strategies."
  • Randy Vogel '87, a Cloud Adoption Leader for IBM, knows the liberal arts background he gained at SAU helped in his success. "My first job was as a programmer, so the different programming classes were extremely valuable – not just for programming, but for problem-solving skills as well.... My subsequent roles began to take on leadership responsibilities, so the liberal arts exposure and small class sizes with lots of interaction were key to help me transition from doer to manager."
Faculty

Kevin Lillis, Chair and Professor

Sayonnha Mandal, Asst. Professor
Gary Monnard, Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Network Administration (42 credits)

Computer Information Sciences (CIS) majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

21 credits required from:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication
CSCI 475 Capstone Seminar12 credits selected from:
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
CSCI-490 Independent Study in Computer Science
CSCI-499 Internship in Computer ScienceCommunication Component (6 credits)

Select two of the following courses: 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
ENGL 218 Technical Writing
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication.Business Component (3 credits)
MGMT 210 Principles of Management

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Computer Network Administration. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
†CSCI 140 Foundations of Comp. Sci. 3 †CSCI 270 3
CSCI 101 3 Humanities 3
†COMM 129 Intro to Public Speaking (Gen Ed) 3 IL 101 Information Literacy (Gen Ed) 1
†ENGL 101 English Composition (Gen Ed) 3 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts (Gen Ed) 1
Creative Arts (Gen Ed) 3 PHIL 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3
    Natural Science (Gen Ed) 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures 3 *‡WI-MGMT 210 3
*CSCI 185 Script Programming 3 *CSCI 450 Networking OS 3
THEO 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
Foreign Language 101 if needed (Gen Ed) 3 Foreign Language 102 if needed (Gen Ed) 3
KIN Activity 1-2 Theo, Phil, Catholic Studies, Justice (Gen Ed) 3
Elective, non-CIS 3    
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 365 3 *CSCI 415 3
*WI-CSCI 435 3 *WI-COMM 306 or COMM 227  3
*CSCI 499 Internship 3 Electives, non-CIS 9
WI-ENGL 218 3
Elective, non-CIS 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 470 3 CSCI 475 Capstone 3
THEO/PHIL/CATH 300+level 3 Electives, non-CIS 12
# Humanities (Gen Ed) 3
Electives, non-CIS 6
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

WI=writing intensive
† CIS Department majors/minors must pass this course with a C or better
‡ This course may be repeated for credit provided the programming language is not repeated
# Must be taken from two different departments
* Needs prerequisite

MSITM 4+1

The MSITM 4+1 is an accelerated program that allows you to earn your undergraduate and advanced degree in only five years, saving your time and money. You can start earning credits toward the MSITM your junior year and up to 18 graduate credits may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

You can apply to the MSITM program in the spring of your sophomore year. Accepted students will be allowed to register for MSITM graduate classes the following semester. Current St. Ambrose students, as well as new transfer students, are eligible to apply provided they have met the following:

  • Currently enrolled at St. Ambrose University as a CS, CNS, or CNA major
  • Have a faculty advisor from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Will have completed 60 credit hours by the end of the term in which the application is submitted
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or greater

Academic Performance

If you earn a "C" in any graduate course, or your cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0, you'll be required to meet with your academic advisor and the MSITM program director to evaluate your standing in the program and plan of study.

Course Restrictions

The following pairs of graduate/undergraduate courses include content that overlaps significantly and cannot both be taken for undergraduate credit:

  • CSCI 300 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CSCI 600 Systems Analysis in the Enterprise
  • CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
  • CSCI 515 Computer and Network Security
  • CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
  • CSCI 640 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology Management
  • CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications
  • CSCI 570 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications

4+1 Course Sequence for Computer Network Administration majors:

Required:

  • CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
  • CSCI 185 Script Programming
  • CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
  • CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
  • WI-CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues of Computing (MSITM 4+1 students take WI-CSCI 640 Legal and Ethical Issues in IT Management)
  • CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication (MSITM 4+1 students CSCI 570 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications)
  • CSCI 475 Capstone Seminar

Select 12 credits from:

  • CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
  • CSCI 375 Network Forensics
  • CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security (MSITM 4+1 students take CSCI 515 Computer and Network Security)
  • CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
  • CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
  • CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
  • CSCI 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
  • CSCI 499 Internship in Computer Science

-- MSITM 4+1 students can substitute any CSCI graduate course for any course in this section.

Communication Component, select two :

  • COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
  • COMM 326 Communication and Technology
  • COMM 327 Organizational Communication
  • ENGL 218 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 315 Written Business Communication.

-- MSITM 4+1 students can substitute any CSCI graduate course for any course in this section.

Business Component (3 credits):

  • MGMT 310 Principles of Management (MSITM 4+1 students take CSCI 740 Management of Information Technology)

Ready to apply? Click here for the MSITM application.

Minor in Computer Network Administration (21 credits)

CIS Department majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

9 credits from:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications

2 courses selected from: 
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication

Communication Component (2 courses selected from): 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
WI-ENGL 218 Technical Writing
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit carvertrust.org for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


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Contact


Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chairperson

Computer and Information Sciences
Ambrose Hall 429
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6429
LillisKevinM@sau.edu

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