Programs of Study


The Associate of Science in Network Systems Engineering Technology is a 60-credit-hour program for students who want to prepare for various computer-related careers such as Network Administrators, Network Engineers, and Network Specialists. Of those total credit hours, 17 hours are general education courses; the remainder are comprised of program-technical courses.

The Network Systems Engineering Technology program also offers industry-level certificates. This option is for working professionals or students wishing to add to their existing technical skills These certificates can be completed in a standalone environment or as a part of the AS degree track.

Students entering the Network Systems Engineering Technology program will take a wide variety of subjects related to the computer infrastructure industry.  Desktop operating systems, server operating systems, routing and switching, network security, server virtualization, and cloud technologies are all covered in detail. Classes are designed to prepare participants to take industry certification exams from Microsoft, Cisco, Palo Alto, Linux, and CompTIA.

Examples of Required Courses

Examples of required courses for Polk State’s Network Systems Engineering Technology degree program include:

  • Network Fundamentals
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Firewall Services and Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Virtualization Concepts and Implementation
  • Windows Desktop
  • Install, Storage, and Config with Windows Server 2016
  • Networking with Windows Server 2016
  • Identity with Windows Server 2016