Minor in Computer Networking

The Minor in Computer Networking provides students with an opportunity to learn how the Internet works. Students will gain a solid grounding in the protocols that allow networking devices and systems to communicate. This includes the configuration and management of core networking hardware such as routers and switches as well as end systems such as servers, laptops, and mobile devices. Programming and scripting also plays an important role in the ongoing management and automation of systems, so students are required to take a single course from that area.

Please note that the requirements for the minor depend on your catalog year. If you enrolled at Wentworth Fall 2017 or later, you will use the following requirements. All students who began classes in prior semesters will follow the "Pre-Fall 2017" requirements further below.

Fall 2017 - Current

For students on the Fall 2017 Catalog and onward, the following courses are prerequisites for entering the Computer Networking Minor as they are prerequisites for courses that are part of the minor. Note that these courses do not contribute to completion of the minor.

2 Prerequisites Courses

  • COMP1000 (Computer Science I) or COMP128/COMP1070 (Computer Science I)

  • COMP1100 (Intro to Networking) or COMP1170/COMP105 (Intro to Networking and

    Systems) or COMP2100 (Network Programming)

2 Core Networking Courses – 8 credits

  • COMP1150 (Routing and Switching) or COMP1171/COMP425 (Routing and Switching)

  • COMP2150 (Network Administration) or COMP3170/COMP563 (Network


2 Networking Electives – Select TWO - 8 credits

  • COMP2160 (Wireless Networks) or COMP3171/COMP520 (802.11 Wireless Networks)

  • COMP2500 (Security Principles) or COMP3570/COMP420 (Intro to Computer Network


  • COMP2650 (Databases) or COMP2670/COMP355 (Database Management Systems)

  • COMP3100 (System Administration) or COMP2471/COMP315 (Unix System


  • COMP3470/COMP510 (Advanced System Administration)

  • COMP3800 (Special Topics) (Requires approval of Dept. Chair)

Pre-Fall 2017

To earn the Minor in Computer Networking, students must complete the courses (20 total credits) as outlined below. All courses are 4 credits.

3 Core Networking Courses – 12 credits

  • COMP105 Introduction to Networking and Systems
  • COMP425 Routing and Switching
  • COMP563 Network Administration

1 Programming/Scripting Course - Select ONE – 4 credits

  • COMP120 Computer Science I with C
  • COMP128 Computer Science I
  • COMP285 Object Oriented Programming
  • COMP315 Unix System Administration*
  • COMP510 Advanced System Administration*

1 Advanced Elective Course – Select ONE – 4 credits

  • COMP315 Unix System Administration*
  • COMP355 Database Management Systems
  • COMP402 Storage Area Networks
  • COMP415 Cryptography and Network Security
  • COMP420 Introduction to Computer Network Security
  • COMP510 Advanced System Administration*
  • COMP520 802.11 Wireless Networks
  • COMP553 World-Wide-Web Application Development
  • COMP665 Advanced Topics in Networking

* These courses can be taken to fill either the programming/scripting requirement or the advanced elective requirement but not both requirements.