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Program Code | 1740

Network Systems Technology
Associate in Science (AS) Degree

By earning your Associate in Science (AS) degree in Network Systems Technology, you will become proficient in the basic and advance concepts of network security. You’ll be able to manage hardware involving imaging and data collections activities, analyze common file systems, perform computer forensics investigations, perform mobile device forensics, and handle incident responses. You will learn how to identify key pieces of legislation and processes related to digital forensics. You will also have an understanding of the tasks related to the casework process and the tools to pursue the CompTIA Security+ industry certification.

This AS degree program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of the general education course work required by an associate degree program and two tracks of computer-related study, making it possible for students to specialize in Network Security or Digital Forensics. Students graduate with 63 hours of college credit.

Courses should be taken in the following sequence. For complete requirements of this program, including any prerequisite courses, consult your advisor and the College Catalog.

Course Title Credit Hours
First Term (General Education Requirements)  
Freshman English I 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
First-Year Experience Seminar 1
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics or Science Elective 3
  16
Second Term  
Desktop Support 1-3
Implementing Network Infrastructure 3
Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
Business Communications 3
Project Management 3
Network Systems Internship 1-4
  15-19
   
Digital Forensics Track  
PC Support A+ Core Hardware 3
PC Support A+ OS Technologies 3
LAN Support - Network+ 3
Computer Network Security 4
Introduction to Computer Forensics 4
Laws and Legal Aspects of IT Security 2
Security Testing and Auditing 3
Data Forensics I 3
Data Forensics II 3
Professional Development in the Workplace 3
Network Security Internship 1
  32
Network Security Track  
PC Support A+ Core Hardware 3
PC Support A+ OS Technologies 3
LAN Support - Network+ 3
Computer Network Security 4
Introduction to Computer Forensics 4
Operating System Security 3
Ethical Hacking I  
Ethical Hacking II 3
Professional Development in the Workplace 3
Network Security Internship 1
  30

XCEL-IT Advantages for Network Systems Technology Students

SFSC's Digital Forensics program is part of XCEL-IT, a grant-funded program that provides additional benefits to students who enroll in certain computer technology programs. As a student in an XCEL-IT program, you may be eligible for financial assistance, and you'll be invited to attend customized advising workshops and classes, take part in workforce training programs, go on professional field trips, and receive career counseling. You’ll get assistance with internships, job searching, and preparing for employment.

XCEL-IT accepts students who are enrolled in the Digital Forensics program and meet one of these five criteria:

  • Eligible for assistance under the Trade Adjustment Act
  • Over age 24
  • Unemployed or underemployed due to lack of training and skills relevant in today's workplace
  • Entrepreneur or small business owner
  • U.S. military veteran

Apply for XCEL-IT by completing the XCEL-IT Intake Form. Deliver the form to the XCEL-IT Office, Building R-2, Highlands Campus, or email it to:

For more information, call XCEL-IT at 784-7438.