Earn a bachelor's degree in computer networking and become possible
- 100% online coursework you can take right at home - with optional internship or capstone project
- Typical bachelor's degree length: 32 months
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits
- Curriculum developed by industry experts and employers
- Prepare for key networking certifications from Cisco, Microsoft and CompTIA (included as part of tuition)
- Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
Bachelor’s degree classes & curriculum details
Herzing’s computer networking bachelor’s degree curriculum focuses on introductory principles of information technology security, helping you learn to express technical information to nontechnical audiences and create IT solutions based on business needs or requirements.
All classes are delivered online with a required research project or internship (if available in your state).
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Program availability varies by location
Required Courses in Information Technology
All courses, 64.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or IS 195 Transition to Technology Concepts Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 **
** Note: IS 195 is required of advanced standing students only.
* Note: Completion of IT 346 may be waived with the permission of the Academic Dean if the student has already completed BU 345 Project Management.
Elective Courses in Information Technology
A minimum of 15.00 semester credit hours is required in the field of information technology, information systems, computer science or a related discipline, a minimum of 6.00 must by at the 300, 400, 500 or 600 level.
Required Capstone or Internship
3.00 semester credit hours are required.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours is required.
Save time and money by earning dual credit
Students enrolled in Herzing University’s computer networking bachelor’s degree program can get a head start on earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Qualifying undergraduate students who pursue a Herzing bachelor’s degree in computer networking may apply up to 12 credits toward an MBA degree.
Computer networking graduates may choose one of several MBA concentrations, or consider our Dual Concentration option to add additional emphasis to your MBA credential.
Computer networking bachelor’s degree program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Computer Networking bachelor’s degree program include:
- Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
With Herzing University advancing your career IS possible. We are here to help you take the first step.
What jobs can I get with a bachelor’s in computer networking?
Job titles in Information Technology often overlap between different areas of responsibility. It’s important to closely examine job descriptions when looking for work.
Possible jobs in computer networking may include:
- Computer Network Architect
- Computer Network Support Specialist
- Computer Technician
- Network Administrator
- Computer and Information Systems Manager
- Network Engineer
- Database Administrator
- Systems Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Computer Network Architects is expected to rise 5% from 2018-2028.
Now is an excellent time to earn a bachelor’s degree and best compete for jobs in an industry projected for growth.
How can I advance my career? In the fast-moving IT field, there are many possibilities for advancement. Enroll in our bachelor’s degree program and earn up to 12 dual credits towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration(s) of your choosing based on your career direction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Salaries vary by location, by industry and by company. Here are the reported average annual salaries for a few job categories related to computer networking in May 2019 as reported by the BLS*:
- Network and computer systems administrators: $88,410 (BLS)
- Computer network architects: $115,110 (BLS)
- Computer systems analysts: $96,160 (BLS)
- Computer and information systems managers: $156,390 (BLS)
It’s possible to qualify for each of these types of roles with a bachelor’s degree in computer networking.
Computer networks are groups of interconnected computers that share resources. These include widely distributed groups, like the Internet as well as smaller groups, like those found at a university, workplace, or inside a home.
Computer networking professionals are trained to understand how these groups of computers work, how they can be configured and reconfigured to meet different needs, and how to secure them against outside intruders or data theft.
Many IT and computer science-related bachelor’s degree programs teach skills related to computer networking. At Herzing, we offer a number of bachelor’s degrees with varied emphases in technical skills and knowledge:
- Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
- Bachelor of Science in Software Development
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming
All of these programs teach a broad base of computer networking principles and practices. However, a specialized computer networking degree program will provide more extensive knowledge of networking technologies. At Herzing, our computer networking bachelor’s degree also offers you more practical experience with analyzing networks and solving networking problems.
Our computer networking degree program teaches fundamental information technology (IT) concepts, plus specialized courses in analyzing, implementing and securing wired or wireless computer network systems. Some of the courses in our program include topics in:
- Cloud Computing
- Data Storage
- Mail Servers
- Network Defense
- Network Infrastructure Administration
- Network and Server Operating Systems
- Python Programming
- Wireless Networking Fundamentals
We also teach valuable professional skills such as technical writing and IT project management, so you’re able to effectively communicate about your work and see projects through from concept to completion.
It’s possible to learn the very basics of computer networking on your own, but developing professional skills best requires formalized education.
Going back to school and taking college-level classes is never easy. Our curriculum is designed to be challenging, but we offer support every step of the way. If you have the interest and aptitude, completing the program will be a rewarding, fulfilling challenge.
Many employers will prefer to hire candidates who have a degree. That’s because they need team members who have demonstrated knowledge and experience with specific types of products, programming languages, and processes.
It all starts with the right qualification: a bachelor’s degree in computer networking or IT. Herzing University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking offers you:
- Convenient online coursework with virtual labs that teach practical skills
- Mentorship from instructors who are also experienced IT professionals
- The opportunity to earn up to three industry certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco, with exam costs included in your tuition
- Dual MBA credit option – take up to four MBA classes
Build skills for a lifelong career in computer networking with Herzing.
Yes. Computer networks are vital to any business or organization in today’s technologically empowered world. Prior to the start of 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected growth for two major networking roles. Network and computer systems administrator jobs were projected to grow by 5% nationally over the 2018-2028 period. Computer network architect jobs were also projected to grow by 5% during the same timeframe.
As working from home becomes more widespread, computer networking professionals are likely to be needed to help enable secure sharing of organizational software, databases and other resources.
Absolutely. Computer networks make modern online life run, so professionals who can configure and maintain those networks should have good job opportunities.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in computer networking can also set the stage for education at the master’s degree level. You can choose a more technical master’s degree or prepare to lead IT departments with a Master of Business Administration degree.
At Herzing, we offer an MBA program with concentrations in Data Analytics and Technology Management, among others. As a student in our Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking program, you have the option to take up to 12 credits of MBA coursework while you complete your bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking Degree Programs
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This program prepares students for a broad range of positions in the field of computer networking. Foundational skills taught include end-user support, client/server operating systems, network infrastructure administration, security, scripting, database fundamentals, cloud computing, virtualization, data storage and technical communication. Advanced skills include database design, project management, information technology management and business systems analysis. Coursework in this program is designed to provide a foundation for select industry certifications.
Additional topics in computer networking include data storage, advanced wireless networking, mail servers, network defense, and VoIP.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.