B.S. Computer Networking and Information Technology

Are you interested in cybersecurity, 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 will provide you with the strong technical, communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you need to succeed.

You’ll receive hands-on training in network configuration, ethical hacking and network security, network automation, and cloud computing. / UW-Stout

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
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Program Overview

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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:

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber defense
  • 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

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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:

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber defense
  • 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

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 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:  

Computer Networking and Cyber Security Labs

Students in the B.S. Computer Networking and Information Technology program have a dedicated high-tech lab with collaborative work spaces and video monitors. All the wiring and cables are hidden in a subfloor space. The lab includes a data center with about $1 million worth of equipment — 7-foot-tall sleek, black racks of industry-standard servers and routers.

Computer servers and routers are part of the new labs.

With guidance from professionals at the companies, students are trying to help them solve networking and security issues. The collaborations involve weekly updates, a white paper report, a live demo of a solution and a final presentation.

The companies, which are free to implement students’ recommendations, are Heartland Business Systems, Marshfield Clinic, Menards, Target and Dell.

Sam Wosika, of White Bear Lake, Minn., a CNIT senior, is the program teaching assistant this year. He is helping coordinate use of the data center by the capstone class.

“To have the dedicated lab classrooms is a definite improvement,” Wosika said. “I spend a lot of time here. This is truly hands-on learning. We’re actually touching the equipment.”

Wosika likes other aspects of the CNIT program, which is largely lab-based learning, such as the internship opportunities and connections to industry. He has had two internships and will have a third one this summer with Cisco in San Jose, Calif.

The four new labs, with team work stations and other networking equipment beyond the data center, are in rooms 176, 188, 192 and 193 of Micheels Hall. They replace smaller, older labs in Fryklund Hall.

The equipment in each lab matches the lab’s level of instruction: year 1-2 students, year 2-3 students, year 3-4 students and year 4-capstone students.

“The opportunity to work at a table as part of a team has changed the whole dynamic of the classroom,” said Maria Alm, dean of the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences. “This project has increased our capacity and class size.”

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 
CNIT Advisory Board

2020 BS CNIT Advisory Board

Brenda

Bjerke

Senior Director, Information Risk Management

Target

Brice

Blankenship

Infrastructure Engineer

Cigna

Jeff

Bodsberg

Business Information Security Officer

Cigna

Greg

Brodt

Instructor

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Brandon

Cross

High Touch Delivery Developer

Cisco

Steve

Ebben

Department Chair for Networking and Security

Fox Valley Technical College

Nate

Edin

Senior Manager

Deluxe Corporation

Curt

Fawcett

I/O Devices Integration Manager

Cray Inc.

Tricia

Foxwell

Senior Consulting IT Auditor

Securian Financial

Justin

Haefner

Senior Principal IT Technologist

Medtronic

Steve

Holm

 

Dell EMC

Andrea

Kittelson

Cybersecurity Training Lead

Rockwell Automation

Ray

Koukari, Jr.

Associate Dean

Gateway Technical College

Bob

Maclean

Exec. Vice President & General Manager

RBA Consulting

Sue

May

Director of Business Development

Heartland Technology Group

Jacob

Medford

 

Dell EMC

Tim

Nagle

Senior Vice President

US Bank

Jason

Schenzel

IT Instructor

Mid-State Technical College

John

Stafford

 

Heartland Technology Group

Jeff

Strande

Principal Engineer Connectivity

Target

Troy

Tobin

Operations Support Manager

3RT Networks

Tom

Ugoretz

 

Heartland Technology Group

Andy

Wagner

Solution Domain Manager

CDW

Joe

Wetzel

IT Department Chair

Fox Valley Technical College

Joe

Wrzosek

Practice Lead - EM & A

Think Ahead

Justin

Yarrington

Network Administrator

Menards

Program Accomplishments

2019 USICC Collegiate Conference 

At the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference held April 4-6, 2019 in Galveston, Texas, the team of Luke Bednar and Karl Carey won the network design competition, topping 33 other teams. UW-Stout also took third place in network design, with the team of Nikki Ruf and Derek Muck. 

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Industry Partners & Capstone Sponsors

As Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, UW-Stout works closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy. Read more about the CNIT program partners below: 

Capstone Sponsors

Dell | Compellent

Dell has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • A Disaster Recovery Plan for Planned and Unplanned Outages
  • SAN-Server iSCSI Performance Testing
  • Enterprise Manager 6.3 LDAP Integration
  • SMI-S Provider Exploration
  • IO Latency Testing
  • PY-IP Skimmer
  • Migration from Windows to open-source networking and Linux
  • Deploying and Optimizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Using VMWare Horizons
  • Automated Deployment of Virtualized Environments
  • Software-Defined Data Center with VMWare NSX

Visit them at: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-compellent

Wisconsin Independent Networks

Wisconsin Independent Networks has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Log Analysis for Wisconsin Independent Network
  • Metro Ethernet SLA Compliance, Monitoring, and Reporting
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Layer 2 Internet Service Provider WAN Implementation
  • Software Defined Networking on a Carrier Ethernet Network

Visit them at: http://www.wins.net

Enventis

Enventis has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Wisconsin Mall “Next Generation Shopping Today”
  • Bring Your Own Device

Visit them at: https://www.consolidated.com
 

Heartland Business Systems

Heartland has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Cisco Voice and Video Collaboration Solution for AB Construction

 Visit them at: http://www.hbs.net/home

Menards

  • Application Centric Segmentation with Cisco ACI and Fortinet
  • Migrating and Implementing Cisco Virtual Switching System

Visit them at www.menards.com

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Evaluating and Evolving a Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution
  • Deployment & Management of IT Infrastructure for ACME with Cloud Computing

Visit them at: https://meraki.cisco.com

Target

  • Implementing an Open Source Software-Based Network Infrastructure
  • Developing and Evaluating DevOps Automation Tools

Visit them at www.target.com

Heartland Business Systems

  • Deploying and Managing Cisco Collaboration and Microsoft Cloud Systems
  • Take Your Business to New Heights with Amazon Web Services

Marshfield Clinic Health System Information Services

  • Implementing a HIPAA Compliant Network for Stark-Dental Clinic’s Remote Site
  • Building a HIPAA Compliant Network for Marshfield Clinic

Visit them at: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/mcis

UW-Stout

  • Protecting Our Students: Expanding Stout Surveillance

WWT

WWT has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • Substation Connected GRID Design

Visit them at: https://www2.wwt.com 

Harris

Harris sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Data Center Infrastructure Management
  • Identity Management

Visit them at: http://harris.com

Spanlink

Spanlink has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • ACME Anvil Company UC and UCCX Deployment

Visit them at: http://convergeone.com

Jamf Software

Jamf has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • “An Apple A Day”--Apple Device Administration with the JAMF Casper Suite
  • Building a Secure JamfPro Experience

Visit them at: http://www.jamfsoftware.com 

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program

Apply to the Cyber Scholarship Program to have your education paid for by the Department of Defense.

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