Associate in Science 

The Computer Science Networking Option allows students to focus on the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities identified and recommended by the computer industry. The program will prepare students for the networking field, specifically focusing on certifications as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Network+, Novell Certified Network Administrator, or Microsoft Certified Professional. 


Upon the successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 

  • Install, manage, and troubleshoot Client software. 
  • Install, manage, and troubleshoot Server software. 
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 2000 Servers and Netware Servers. 
  • Set up and manage user accounts. 
  • Install and configure directory services. 
  • Plan and install security. 
  • Back up and restore data. 
  • Install, configure, and maintain network printers. 
  • Install and access remote connectivity. 
  • Describe physical and logical topologies. 
  • Describe all terminology used in networked environments. 
  • Identify and describe the functions of each of the 7 layers of the OSI reference model. 
  • Describe the different classes of IP addressing and subnetting. 
  • Identify the functions of the TCP/IP network layer protocols. 
  • Examine router elements (RAM, ROM, CDP, show). 
  • Configure IP addresses. 
  • Log into a router in both user and privileged modes. 
  • Enable the Novell IPX protocol and configure interfaces.
  • Describe LAN segmentation using bridges, routers, and switches. 
  • Describe the benefits of network segmentation with bridges, routers, and switches. 
  • Describe the features and benefits of Fast Ethernet. 
  • Differentiate between the following WAN services: LAPB, frame Relay, ISDN/LAPD, HDLC, PPP, and DDR. 
  • List commands to configure Frame Relay LMIs, maps, and subinterfaces. 
  • Identify ISDN protocols, function groups, reference points, and channels. 




The objective of the Computer Science Networking Certificate is to help meet the growing need for qualified networking specialists in the Greater New Haven area. This Certificate will allow students to focus on the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that have been identified and recommended by the computer industry. Upon successful completion, the graduating student will leave Gateway Community College with the ability and knowledge to pass three industry-recognized networking examinations: Certified Cisco Network Engineer; Network+; and Novell Certified Network Administrator. 


Stacy Walker
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2462


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