B.S. Computer Networking and Information Technology | University of Wisconsin - Stout

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Are you interested in computer networking and server administration?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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The future of Computer Networking and Information Technology has tremendous growth and multiple career opportunities for those with the right skills and experience. UW-Stout's  Computer Networking and Information Technology program (formerly Information Technology Management) program will provide you with the strong technical, communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you need to succeed.

Our IT industry experienced faculty will challenge you with hands-on experience in our cutting-edge computer network laboratories. CNIT classes with embedded industry certification examinations will prepare you for rewarding, high paying careers as a:

  • Network engineer
  • Security analyst
  • Network consultant
  • Network and systems administrator
  • IT project manager
Throughout the four years that I have been at UW-Stout, I have been amazed by the opportunities.
Cody Lewandowski B.S. Computer Networking and Information Technology
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Our local, national and international internships will provide you with real-world experience to design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks. You will take courses in emerging fields such as:

  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration and Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Security
  • Virtualization
  • Unified Communication
  • Information Security
  • IP Telephony
  • Wireless Networking
  • Linux/Unix Network Administration

Did you know more than 50 percent of all U.S. economic activity is information technology (IT) related? Careers in IT offer high paying jobs with tremendous job growth and multiple career paths to include: network engineer, security analyst, and network consultant. ZDNetreports that there is a huge shortage of trained people to fill the needs in IT industry. CNN Money lists Network Systems and Data Analysts, and Network and Computer Systems Administrators as the first and the fifth fastest-growing jobs in the U.S.  IT is and will remain one of the most dynamic and rewarding careers available.

Objectives & Outcomes

The CNIT program follows UW-Stout's unique hands-on, active learning approach.  As a CNIT student, you will gain real-world experience as you design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks. You will take courses in emerging fields such as virtualization, unified communication, information security, IP Telephony, and wireless networking. 

The CNIT program focuses on:

  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration and Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Security
  • Linux Systems and Network Administration
  • IP Telephony (VoIP)
  • Wireless System
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  • Unified Communication and Collaboration

“Dynamic” is a word that defines today's telecommunications industry. Information technology is expanding and growing rapidly. Telecommunications is a progressive, innovative and creative field, and the opportunities are endless. It’s our goal to prepare graduates who can easily accept the challenges presented by the telecommunication industry.

The Computer Networking and Information Technology program will prepare you to:

  • Communicate clearly, ethically, and responsibly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Apply business and management techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate emerging information technologies and their impact.
  • Design, implement, administer, and analyze information technology systems.
  • Integrate network security into the installation of networks, as well as business practices, policies, and user education.
  • Solve business problems and enhance productivity using information technology.

CNIT Students Can Earn Certifications

Certifications are a great way to show  IT industry employers that you are up to date and knowledgeable on the current topics. CNIT is a Cisco Certified Networking Academy and a Microsoft Certified IT Academy. We are an authorized Pearson VUE and Thompson Prometric Testing Center. Numerous ITM classes are embedded with industry certification examinations. The courses are taught by CNIT faculty members holding advanced IT industry certifications. As a CNIT student, you have the opportunity to earn the following certifications:  

Career Opportunities

UW-Stout Graduates Get Great Jobs

Graduates of UW-Stout’s Computer Networking and Information Technology program are currently employed at leading companies nationwide with job titles such as: 

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager

Employers Seek UW-Stout Graduates

The employers who hire ITM graduates include:

  • Google
  • Cisco
  • Netflix
  • Dell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • 3M
  • AT&T
  • Menards
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Target
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Wisconsin Independent Network
  • 3KeyLogic
  • Spanlink
  • Enventis
  • CDW
  • Heartland
  • And many others 
Information Technology Laboratory

The Information Technology Laboratory in 213 Fryklund Hall provides access for students to develop, apply and research contemporary strategies involving voice, data and graphical technologies which constitute the foundation for the areas of telecommunications and media.

The 4,000-square-foot laboratory focuses on current and emerging telecommunication software and hardware systems. Many telecommunications-related business and industry organizations are promoting and sponsoring the new laboratory.

Three laboratory areas are under development including extensive data communication, telephony and video/multimedia system labs. The laboratory will also serve as a "working model," showcasing technical innovations and integration for regional business and industry.

High-speed wire and fiber-based networks in the laboratory support a variety of voice, data and multimedia systems. Several communication systems will be available, including both wired and wireless links.

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