Associate in Science
Bedford Campus - Day, Starts Fall Semester Only
The Computer, Software and Networking Technology (CSNT) Associate in Science degree program is specifically designed to provide the education and training needed for employment in the computer, software and networking industries. The program is ideal for individuals with basic math and science knowledge, and an interest in technology and its applications. Coursework includes computer and networking security, embedded programming, computer systems, networking, technical mathematics, computer applications and languages, and telecommunications. Employability skills that are required in industry and are crucial to job placement and career success are emphasized throughout the program. Hands-on training is provided using modern laboratories, equipment and computers. The program’s general education component adds the broader-based educational background valued by employers in technology fields.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Graduates of the CSNT program work in computer-, software- and networking-related industries. Some examples of positions that MCC graduates have held are electronics, software, network, test and customer-service technicians. The CSNT program is not a transfer program. However, many graduates have also continued their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology and information technology.
Incoming students who are eligible for Applied Technical Math 1 (TMA 075) should take TMA 075, Principles of Electric Circuits (NST 101), Digital Systems Fundamentals (NST 111) and Computer Systems Fundamentals (NST 121) in the first semester. Students who test into Algebra 1 (MAT 070) or below on the college placement test should take the math needed to qualify for Applied Technical Math 1 (TMA 075) as soon as possible, and are encouraged to enroll in Exploring Technology (ITC 100).
Graduates of the Computer, Software and Networking Technology program are prepared to:
- Apply computer and telecommunications methods, procedures and principles, and use equipment and software for the purpose of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining systems;
- Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly both verbally and in writing;
- Apply technical concepts, principles and physical laws to solve practical problems;
- Analyze and develop a plan to diagnose and solve technical problems;
- Act responsibly with integrity, self-confidence and professionalism;
- Apply critical thinking to evaluate alternative solutions in order to solve technical problems.