Redefining the Classroom

Preparing Students to be Successful in the Computer Networking Field

This degree gives students the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful in the field of computer networking. Courses cover a range of networking topics including: network operating systems, hardware, web page design, system administration, programming and scripting of administrative tasks, system and network security, network service administration, and interactions with mobile computing platforms.

Students will have hands-on experience with UNIX, Novell, and Windows platforms, as well as working with software and hardware products from Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, Debian, Apple, Google, and others.

Redefining the Classroom

  • Students get hands-on training in networking hardware and software, and receive the necessary concepts of hardware, software, and network operating systems.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in the University's affiliate programs with Microsoft (MSDNAA) and VMware (VMAP) which allow students personal access to many of the full-fledged commercial products produced by these companies free of charge.
  • Students are prepared to take industry-standard examinations, such as those established by Cisco, Novell, Linux, A+, and Microsoft.
  • Students will have both a sophomore and senior project experience in network administration for a real-world client.
  • Small class sizes. Most networking classes are less than 20 students. All networking lab sections are less than 15 students. Courses are taught by professors.


Competing as a team of 1 against teams of 3 student programmers, Lake Superior State University student Paul Carley of Sault Ste. Marie took third place at the eighth annual Northern Michigan University Programming Contest.

Carley, and 15 other LSSU students competed in the contest with four other universities and 24 teams total.

"We had 16 LSSU students that wanted to compete this year, so I made five teams of three and just put Paul on a team by himself," said Mark Terwilliger, Computer Science Professor, ."For him to finish third is a remarkable effort."


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