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Computer Networking
Online Bachelor's Degree

Degree

Take the next step in your networking career with a bachelor’s degree

Begin taking part in the construction of our online world. A rewarding, fast-paced career as a computer networking professional awaits.

The Herzing University Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking degree is built to help students develop strong foundations in the principles of IT security, networking infrastructure and the collection, organization and delivery of data.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: at your pace, on your schedule
  • Class topics include programming logic and languages, computer architecture, network security, routers and switches, cloud computing, network infrastructure and much more.
  • Earn dual credit towards an MBA with several options for concentration, including IT management (or consider our dual concentration option).

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and thriving in your first entry-level job IS possible with Herzing University. We exist to help you build your unique career path.

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Curriculum

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).

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking32120
i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
 

Required Courses in Information Technology

All courses, 64.00 semester credit hours, are required.

or  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.

Requirements

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.

Careers

What jobs can I get with a bachelor’s degree in computer networking?

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Computer and Information Systems Managers is expected to rise 11% from 2020-2030.*

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.

As technology becomes an integral part of everyday business, IT professionals with deep experience in computer networking are best equipped to handle the latest developments in a fast-evolving industry.

Computer networking professionals often work in a challenging, fast-paced environment. However, many IT jobs offer competitive compensation based on the education, skills, and traits needed to succeed in the field. Possible jobs in computer networking may include:

Description: Network or computer systems administrators help ensure an organization’s computers, software and operating systems work properly and stay up to date. They install and support local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), depending on the number of people using the network and the size of the geographical area. Network administrators are often the “go-to” person for major computer or technical issues.

Average salary (US): $87,070 per year, $41.86 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Job outlook: 5% increase from 2020-2030 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*

Description: Network or computer information systems managers plan, coordinate and direct the administration and implementation of information technology in the workplace. Their role includes researching and providing oversight on a variety of programs, including internet operations, network security and user access permissions. Information systems managers also may create or help inform organizational guidelines and policies for computer usage.

Average salary: $152,860 per year, $73.49 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Job outlook: 11% increase from 2020-2030 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*

Description: Network engineers, also called network architect or computer systems engineers, design networks of all sizes. They often work with upper management, project managers and other engineers to design and implement network configurations, troubleshoot issues, oversee or carryout network monitoring, and configure security systems, such as firewalls.

Computer systems engineers also maintain the connectivity of network including data, voice, calls, video, and wireless network services. Generally, people working in these roles have more education, such as a master’s degree, and may have more responsibilities than a network administrator.

Average salary: $111,130 per year, $53.43 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Job outlook: 5% increase from 2020-2030 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*

Description: Computer systems analysts are responsible for ensuring all computers within a network effectively communicate with one another. They do this by creating hardware and software configurations that help improve the overall system’s functionality. Network analysts often assist with both business and technological aspects within an organization; for example, they may be asked to find a tech solution for a business-related problem.

Network analysts often report to a network manager while still working closely with a team of programmers and engineers.

Average salary: $93,610 per year, $45.01 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Job outlook: 7% increase from 2020-2030 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*

Description: When you call the IT help desk, you generally speak with a network service technician or computer network support specialist. They provide support to customers who are experiencing computer-related problems. They troubleshoot components, hardware and software, including printers, scanners, email and work processes.

Because of the variety of issues they may be asked to assist with, computer support specialists must have a wide range of computer knowledge. They can help plan and analyze costs for an organization’s computer network. They may also determine the necessary configurations, connections and tools.

Average salary: $68,050 per year, $32.72 per hour (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*
Job outlook: 7% increase from 2020-2030 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)*

Note: salary estimates may not represent starting salaries for recent graduates – average salaries are based on many factors such as experience, location and the employer’s industry.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

All of these types of information technology degree 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.

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.

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 2022, 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 2020-2030 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, and computer networking job opportunities are expected to rise accordingly.

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.

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.

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.

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 2020 as reported by the BLS*:

  • Network and computer systems administrators: $89,460 (BLS)
  • Computer network architects: $119,230 (BLS)
  • Computer systems analysts: $99,020 (BLS)
  • Computer and information systems managers: $161,730 (BLS)

It’s possible to qualify for each of these types of roles with a bachelor’s degree in computer networking.

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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

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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