Computer Network Administration

If you enjoy creating solutions, working with others, and mastering the software or network technology that drives the world today, studying Computer Network Administration at SAU will help you reach your professional goals.

Our graduates work at Bandag Inc., Command Business Systems, Equistar Chemical, Deere & Company, and MA Ford Manufacturing.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Hands-on Experience
  • Senior Capstone Project
  • A Comprehensive Education

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Our faculty are up-to-date on new technologies and innovations. They work side-by-side with you as you learn to translate theory, build technical proficiency, and incorporate innovations into the real-world.

Read our fact sheet on Computer Network Administration (pdf)

More Information on the Computer Network Administration Program

What will I learn?

Our faculty deliver curriculum that gives you a solid technology background along with critical business communication and management skills. Courses include programming, networks and data communications, legal and ethical issues, forensics, computer and network security, technical writing, business communication, and management. To wrap up your undergraduate career, you will complete a capstone project working with SAU's IT department in our state-of-the-art server room.

Our internship program offers you quality, hands-on experience. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network and technology experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree, you'll be exceedingly prepared for graduate school, and many choose to continue their education at SAU. Our Master of Science in Information Technology Management prepares IT professionals to effectively analyze, create, and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization.

What have alumn of this program done?
  • Rachel VanderHeiden '98, '00, '03 MBA, is an IT Leader for Deere & Company. "The coaching I received from professors helped me get multiple internships and part-time jobs throughout college."
  • Mitch Myers '86, a vice president of customer success at BMC Software in Plano, Texas, is confident the computer science and business classes at SAU helped him "learn how to learn. It was less about specific skills such as programming and more about learning how to think about business and strategies."
  • Randy Vogel '87, a Cloud Adoption Leader for IBM, knows the liberal arts background he gained at SAU helped in his success. "My first job was as a programmer, so the different programming classes were extremely valuable - not just for programming, but for problem-solving skills as well.... My subsequent roles began to take on leadership responsibilities, so the liberal arts exposure and small class sizes with lots of interaction were key to help me transition from doer to manager."

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Network Administration (42 credits)

Computer Information Sciences (CIS) majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

21 credits required from:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication
CSCI 475 Capstone Seminar12 credits selected from:
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
CSCI 480 Topics in Computer Science
CSCI-490 Independent Study in Computer Science
CSCI-499 Internship in Computer ScienceCommunication Component (6 credits)

Select two of the following courses: 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
ENGL 218 Technical Writing
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication.Business Component (3 credits)
MGMT 210 Principles of Management

Minor in Computer Network Administration (21 credits)

CIS Department majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

9 credits from:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications

2 courses selected from: 
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics
CSCI 470 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communication

Communication Component (2 courses selected from): 
COMM 306 Group Dynamics and Methods
COMM 326 Communication and Technology
COMM 327 Organizational Communication
WI-ENGL 218 Technical Writing
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Computer Network Administration. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Year One

†CSCI 140 Foundations of Comp. Sci. 3 †CSCI 270 3
CSCI 101 3 Humanities 3
†COMM 129 Intro to Public Speaking (Gen Ed) 3 IL 101 Information Literacy (Gen Ed) 1
†ENGL 101 English Composition (Gen Ed) 3 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts (Gen Ed) 1
Creative Arts (Gen Ed) 3 PHIL 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3
    Natural Science (Gen Ed) 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Year Two

CSCI 281 Discrete Structures 3 ‡WI-MGMT 210 3 †ENGL 101
CSCI 185 Script Programming 3 †CSCI 195 CSCI 450 Networking OS 3 CSCI 270
THEO 100/200 Level (Gen Ed) 3   Elective, non-CIS 3
Foreign Language 101 if needed (Gen Ed) 3   Foreign Language 102 if needed (Gen Ed) 3  
KIN Activity 1-2   Theo, Phil, Catholic Studies, Justice (Gen Ed) 3  
Elective, non-CIS 3        
Total Credits 16-17    Total Credits 15   

Year Three

CSCI 365 3 †CSCI 270 CSCI 415 3 †CSCI 270
WI-CSCI 435 3  ENGL 101 and Jr or Sr standing WI-COMM 306 or COMM 227  3 †CSCI 140 and CSCI 281
CSCI 499 Internship 3  Instructor consent Electives, non-CIS 9
WI-ENGL 218 3    
Elective, non-CIS 3    
Total Credits 15    Total Credits 15   

Year Four

FallCreditPre-reqSpring Credit
CSCI 470 3 †CSCI 270 CSCI 475 Capstone 3
THEO/PHIL/CATH 300+level 3 Electives, non-CIS 12
# Humanities (Gen Ed) 3  
Electives, non-CIS 6  
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

WI=writing intensive
† CIS Department majors/minors must pass this course with a C or better
‡ This course may be repeated for credit provided the programming language is not repeated
# Must be taken from two different departments


Scholarships and Grants

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awards millions of dollars annually to student-athletes at more than 250 colleges and universities. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award


Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Award Terms

FAFSA forms must be filed every year.

  • To be considered for an Iowa Tuition Grant, the filing deadline is July 1.
  • The St. Ambrose priority deadline is March 15 for some institutional funds. 
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to adjust your award at any time due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment, or housing status. 
  • Awards offered from State and Federal programs are contingent upon legislative allocation of funds and maximum limits allowed.
  • You must report any assistance you receive from outside sources – including assistance from your employer – to the Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate level students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester to receive Institutional money. All students, undergraduate or graduate, must be enrolled at least half-time per semester to be eligible for student loans. (Half-time for Undergraduate level = 6 credits; Graduate level = 5 credits)

There is no institutional aid for summer sessions. Federal Loans may be available if you are enrolled at least 1/2 time.

You are eligible for institutional financial aid for up to eight semesters, including semesters taken at other schools, before or after time spent at the university (i.e. if you transfer in as a junior, you will receive 4 semesters of institutional aid; or you attended St. Ambrose, left to attend another school, and then returned). This means that if you continue into a fifth year of classes, you will not be eligible for any institutional funds you may have received previously. (Institutional funds are those awarded by the university, not state, federal, or outside based scholarships or grants.)


All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. Once the loan funds have been applied to your account and if you have awards in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. Any other questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Work Study

If you are receiving assistance under the work study program, you must understand that the amount shown on your award letter is the amount we expect you to earn during one academic year if you work all your allotted hours. Any additional earnings must be approved by your department supervisor and taken into consideration in your financial award package.

Endowed Scholarships

Part of the financial aid funds that St. Ambrose awards come from monies provided through the generous support of St. Ambrose University benefactors. Most endowed scholarships are meant to provide financial support for St. Ambrose University's academic and need based awards. Due to this, in some cases you may see a portion of your Academic Scholarship, for example, being replaced by a named endowed scholarship. The total dollar amount you receive between the two awards, however, will remain unchanged.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria established by the donor, which include, but are not limited to: major, class rank, GPA, performance in a fine art, or residency. You may be contacted by the Advancement Office to write a thank you letter to the donor.

What happens if I withdraw or need to drop a class?

  • If you drop a class, it may affect the amount of aid you can receive. It is very important to visit your Financial Aid counselor if you are planning on dropping a class.
  • If you are going to withdraw completely from all your classes, your financial aid awards will be prorated according to the amount of time you were actually enrolled. It is possible that you may end up owing the University for a portion of your expenses incurred.
  • More information regarding this policy is available in the University catalog.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid counselor if you are considering dropping classes or withdrawing from the University.

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Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chairperson

Computer and Information Sciences
Ambrose Hall 429
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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