The RIT BS in Applied Networking and System Administration (ANSA) degree is the first program of its kind.
This degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Housed in the RIT Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS), the ANSA degree was created in 2002 to answer the increasing need for advanced studies in network infrastructure, wireless communications, computing systems administration and network administration. Students that graduate from the ANSA program have the best preparation in the world for what they are educated to do. No other university has a program in this discipline with the level of depth in theory and practice that students receive here in the IST department at RIT. Currently this program has over 350 students.
The BS in ANSA degree was created for those who wish to obtain an in-depth education in one of several related areas including network administrator, systems administrator and wireless network administrator. The coursework includes a complement of core courses which gives the students a firm foundation in networking, systems and network administration. This is followed by advanced study were the students select five advanced courses of their choice from over a dozen offered. This allows the student to pursue their areas of interest. Pervasive throughout all of the coursework is computer and network security.