CIT, Network Administration Cisco Specialty, Associate of Applied Science


Program Information

Are you interested in the way things work? Have you always wanted to build your own computer? If so, San Jacinto College’s Network Administration program can provide you with the skills to become a desktop and laptop computer hardware and software support expert. Our program teaches students to install, maintain, repair, replace, and upgrade computers to set them on course for a fulfilling career in the always-booming tech industry.

The San Jacinto College’s Network Administration program:

  • Provides students with the skills necessary to work as Computer Network Service Technicians, with an emphasis placed on installing and maintaining networks;
  • Is designed to provide students with skills in desktop computer hardware and software support;
  • Teaches students to install, maintain, repair, replace, and upgrade desktop computers; and
  • Prepares students for industry certifications such as A+, Network+, Security+ and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA).

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Network Administration Cisco Specialty is an excellent entry point into future studies leading to careers that include:

  • Desktop Support Specialists,
  • Helpdesk Supports,
  • PC Technicians,
  • MS Network Administrators,
  • Network Technicians,
  • Network Administrators,
  • Server Administrators, and
  • Network Operations Specialists.

Earning Potential

Network and Computer Systems Administrators: $97,939 per year

Computer Network Support Specialist: $72,357 per year1


Source:, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2022

For more information, students may contact Kay Richardson, Department Chair 281-991-2608.


Central Campus


The Computer Information Technology (CIT) program is designed primarily for students seeking an Occupational Certificate, Certificate of Technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students can expect to complete most CIT certificates in three semesters and the AAS degrees in as few as four semesters. For those students who have already fulfilled general education requirements, it may be possible to finish degree course work even sooner. It is generally recommended that students complete the 21 semester credit hour Computer Information Technology (CIT) foundations Occupational Certificate before continuing into a Certificate of Technology or AAS degree. Most courses in this Occupational Certificate will apply toward the other CIT certificates and AAS degrees.

The CIT curriculum provides the graduate with the knowledge and in-demand applied technical skills needed to enter computer-related occupations in the business/industry job market. Certificates and AAS degrees are available in the following areas: Applications Programming, Desktop Support and Network Administration, Information Technology Cybersecurity, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, Cloud Computing, and Web Applications Development.

  • The Applications Programming Specialty is for students interested in developing computer programs (designing, coding, testing, and debugging), both stand-alone and web-based, in languages such as C++ and Java as well as gaining skills in the use of Python and SQL. Electives may include courses in C#, Game Design, JavaScript, and mobile app programming. Emphasis is placed on applying the techniques and procedures learned in providing software solutions for both business-related and practical computer problems that are robust, error-free, and easy to use.
  • In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware (installing, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading) and software support (installing and configuring) or one with focus on installing, configuring, and maintaining computer networks. This program of study prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ exams as well as other widely recognized industry certifications. Support and network graduates are invaluable in keeping businesses running smoothly.
  • The Cloud Computing program provides individuals education, training, the knowledge, skills, and concepts necessary to serve as a cloud support technician. Upon completion of the program, students will develop the fundamental skills necessary to support and manage infrastructure and workloads on cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
  • The Cybersecurity program prepares students for entry level security certifications such as Security+. It lays the ground work for higher level certifications. As an Information Technologist, you can help keep hackers, viruses, and terrorists from intruding and damaging computers and networks.
  • The Simulation and Game Design program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, or multimedia programming.
  • In the Network Administration Cisco Specialty, emphasis is on the design, implementation, and administration of local and wide-area router networks.
  • The Web Applications Development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, web-based applications development, and website administration.
  • The CIT Industry Certification program is intended for students with industry experience in one or more of the following areas of study: beginning network administration, Cisco, and advanced information technology security. These certificates enable students to supplement their current job skills and obtain industry certifications, if desired. Each industry certificate consists of only the courses required to obtain a specific certification.

Note for transfer students: Due to variations in requirements at four-year colleges and universities, students desiring a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are strongly advised to consult a CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer. This communication regarding transfer degree plans with both computer department heads will help to ensure the transition process is as smooth as possible. 

Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Network Administration Cisco

The College designed the Network Administration Cisco curriculum to provide the student with the skills needed to work as a Cisco Network Technician. Emphasis is placed upon the installation and maintenance of networks in business and industry. The graduate will be able to administer and troubleshoot Cisco networking equipment and networking infrastructure. The Cisco courses can lead to the certifications of Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Cisco Network Professional (CCNP), and Comptia Net+. Common job titles for graduates of the certificate and/or degree include Network Technician, Cisco Service Representative, Technical Support Specialist, and Network System Administration.

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduation from San Jacinto College may want to consider programs in the Western Governors University (WGU) College of Information Technology. WGU will accept credit for students with the following AAS degrees: CIT Applications Programming Specialty; CIT Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration; CIT Information Technology Cyber Security Specialty; CIT Network Administration Cisco Specialty; CIT Simulation and Game Design; CIT Web Applications Development Specialty. Interested students may find more information on the WGU website.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1309 Integrated Software Applications I 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
ITCC 1314 CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks 3
Second Term
ITSC 1321 Intermediate PC Operating Systems 3
ITCC 1444 CCNA 2: Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials 4
ITSE 1329
Programming Logic and Design
or Introduction to Visual BASIC Programming
Select one of the following: 3
Life and Physical Sciences (Natural Science)
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Third Term
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Database 3
ITCC 2420 CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 4
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Fourth Term
ITSY 1342 Information Technology Security 3
ITCC 2441 CCNA Security 4
ENGL 2311
Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Practicum - Computer and Information Sciences, General
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: ITCC 2441 CCNA Security

Approved Electives

ITNW 1345Implementing Network Directory Services3
ITSE 1307Introduction to C++ Programming3
ITSC 2339Personal Computer Help Desk3

**Students must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in order to graduate: Math Level 8