Associate's Degree in Network Engineering

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Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program is designed to prepare you for networking and computer certifications and careers in this field. Read on for more information about this associate's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Overviews of networking functions, network technician responsibilities, operating systems, and computer security are among the main focuses of Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program. Courses in the concentration area cover network administration and engineering, network servers, upgrades, network management, operating systems, and local networks. The program is designed to prepare students for various professional certifications. The Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering is an on-campus program offered at a few Virginia College locations.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program, you should have an interest in working with computers in a corporate or business setting. A basic understanding of computers and computer functions can be beneficial. Applicants to Virginia College programs should have a high school diploma or GED.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Once enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program at Virginia College, you will be required to complete 96 quarter credit hours. This requirement consists of 28 credits in the network engineering concentration, 44 credits in area of concentration electives, and 24 credits in foundation and general education courses. Mathematics, communications, and social sciences are addressed in general education courses.

Foundation Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 1010 Learning Framework
EDU 1020 Career Exploration/Planning

Concentration Courses

NET 1010 Operating Systems, Security, and Network Essentials
NET 1020 PC Components and Professionalism
NET 1030 I.T. Technician
NET 1040 I.T. Administrator
NET 1100 Networking Foundations
NET 1130 Network Technician

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could pursue entry-level positions upon completing Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program. You could work for corporate information technology departments in nearly any type of industry. Your duties might include technical support, network administration, or network security. Possible job positions include:

  • Network technician
  • Network programmer
  • Computer security analyst
  • Technical support representative

Advanced Degrees

A four-year degree might be required by some companies to begin or advance in this field. In these cases, you could pursue a Bachelor of Science in Network Engineering.

Other bachelor's degree options include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Network Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Security

Advanced degrees may not be offered at Virginia College, and credits may not be transferable.