Information Technology: Computer Networking

SUNY Adirondack offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Networking through the renowned Cisco Academy.

Computer Networking is the process of electronically linking two or more computing devices to exchange information through data connections.


Students will learn that computer networks are critical to an organization's success: They not only provide speed and accuracy to data management but support the demands of all employees, customers and suppliers. Businesses of all kinds and in all industries need qualified networkers to keep up with the productivity and security of their computer systems.

Students in the two-year Computer Networking degree program will focus on the installation, configuration and security of computer network systems. The entire program curriculum is coordinated through the Cisco Networking Academy and provides graduates training to complete the coveted Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who not only have years of experience in the computer networking field but are also trained in all Cisco systems. Students will have access to internships with local businesses to gain hands-on experience in computer networking environments.

As a Cisco-sponsored program, those enrolled in the Computer Networking degree are specifically prepared for the various levels of professional certifications offered by Cisco, including support for CCNA, CCNP, CCNP2, CCNP3 and CCNP4.



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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in Computer Networking will continue to grow up to 12% between now and 2022. Approximately 42,000 new networking positions will be hired for across all types of industries in the U.S. and abroad. There are many career paths and educational opportunities available to those with networking experience, including but not limited to:

  • Network Analysts
  • Network Support Technicians
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Programmers
  • Systems Analysts & Managers
  • Customer Service Specialists

While the Cisco Computer Networking program prepares all graduates for immediate entrance to the workforce, those seeking further education toward a four-year degree can take advantage of the transfer agreements SUNY Adirondack maintains with other colleges, including:

  • University at Albany
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Morrisville
  • St. Rose
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and model professional skills needed in an IT work environment.
  2. Create both client and server based programming applications.
  3. Research and write technical reports using office productivity applications.
  4. Cable and configure: computers, servers, and routing, switching, and wireless protocols with basic security for a home office to medium size business.
  5. Monitor, troubleshoot and document computer, server, and network problems.
  6. Design and present a team network proposal.