B.S. Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering

Build a career in computer networking, cybersecurity or server administration.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Careers & Salaries Career Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

The future of Computer Networking and Infrastructure Engineering has tremendous growth and multiple career opportunities for those with the right skills and experience. UW-Stout's Computer Networking and Infrastructure Engineering (CNIE) program will provide you with the strong technical, communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you need to succeed.

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100% of Graduates Are Employed or Continuing Education.

Our IT industry-experienced faculty will challenge you with hands-on experience in our cutting-edge computer network laboratories. CNIE classes with embedded industry certification examinations will prepare you for rewarding, high-paying careers as a:

  • Network engineer
  • Security analyst
  • Network consultant
  • Network and systems administrator
  • IT project manager

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements, and course descriptions for B.S. Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering.


Our local, national and international internships will provide you with real-world experience to design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks. You will take courses in emerging fields such as:

  • Cybersecurity & Cyber Defense
  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration & Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking & Network Security
  • Virtualization
  • Unified Communication
  • Information Security
  • IP Telephony
  • Wireless Networking
  • Linux/Unix Network Administration

As a CNIE student, you will gain real-world experience as you design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks.

"UW-Stout offers hands-on degrees that train you for the career you want, which definitely worked out well for me. I was very interested in the small class sizes and the focus on getting started on your major right away."

-- Tanner Vass
B.S. Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering

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Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Labs

Students in the B.S. Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering program have a dedicated high-tech lab with collaborative work spaces and video monitors. All the wiring and cables are hidden in a subfloor space. The lab includes a data center with about $1M worth of equipment — sleek, black  7' racks of industry-standard servers and routers.

Computer servers and routers are part of the new labs.

With guidance from professionals at the companies, students are trying to help them solve networking and security issues. The collaborations involve weekly updates, a white paper report, a live demo of a solution and a final presentation.

The companies, which are free to implement students’ recommendations, are Heartland Business Systems, Marshfield Clinic, Menards, Target and Dell.

Sam Wosika, of White Bear Lake, Minn., a CNIE senior, is the program teaching assistant this year. He is helping coordinate use of the data center by the capstone class.

“To have the dedicated lab classrooms is a definite improvement,” Wosika said. “I spend a lot of time here. This is truly hands-on learning. We’re actually touching the equipment.”

Wosika likes other aspects of the CNIE program, which is largely lab-based learning, such as the internship opportunities and connections to industry. He has had two internships and will have a third one this summer with Cisco in San Jose, Calif.

The four new labs, with team work stations and other networking equipment beyond the data center, are in rooms 176, 188, 192 and 193 of Micheels Hall. They replace smaller, older labs in Fryklund Hall.

The equipment in each lab matches the lab’s level of instruction: year 1-2 students, year 2-3 students, year 3-4 students and year 4-capstone students.

Industry Partners & Capstone Sponsors

As Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, UW-Stout works closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy.

Capstone Sponsors & Projects

Cisco Meraki

  • "Evaluating & Evolving a Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution"
  • "Deployment & Management of IT Infrastructure for ACME with Cloud Computing"

Visit them at: https://meraki.cisco.com

Dell | Compellent

  • "A Disaster Recovery Plan for Planned & Unplanned Outages"
  • "SAN-Server iSCSI Performance Testing"
  • "Enterprise Manager 6.3 LDAP Integration"
  • "SMI-S Provider Exploration"
  • "IO Latency Testing"
  • "PY-IP Skimmer"
  • "Migration from Windows to Open-source Networking & Linux"
  • "Deploying and Optimizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Using VMWare Horizons"
  • "Automated Deployment of Virtualized Environments"
  • "Software-Defined Data Center with VMWare NSX"

Visit them at: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-compellent


  • "Wisconsin Mall 'Next Generation Shopping Today'"
  • "Bring Your Own Device"

Visit them at: https://www.consolidated.com


  • "Data Center Infrastructure Management"
  • "Identity Management"

Visit them at: http://harris.com

Heartland Business Systems

  • "Cisco Voice and Video Collaboration Solution for AB Construction"
  • "Deploying and Managing Cisco Collaboration & Microsoft Cloud Systems"
  • "Take Your Business to New Heights with Amazon Web Services"

Visit them at: http://www.hbs.net/home

Jamf Software

  • “An Apple A Day: Apple Device Administration with the JAMF Casper Suite"
  • "Building a Secure JamfPro Experience"

Visit them at: http://www.jamfsoftware.com 

Marshfield Clinic Health System Information Services

  • "Implementing a HIPAA Compliant Network for Stark-Dental Clinic’s Remote Site"
  • "Building a HIPAA Compliant Network for Marshfield Clinic"

Visit them at: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/mcis

Menards, Inc.

  • "Application Centric Segmentation with Cisco ACI & Fortinet"
  • "Migrating & Implementing Cisco Virtual Switching System"

Visit them at www.menards.com


  • "ACME Anvil Company UC & UCCX Deployment"

Visit them at: http://convergeone.com


  • "Implementing an Open Source Software-Based Network Infrastructure"
  • "Developing & Evaluating DevOps Automation Tools"

Visit them at www.target.com


  • "Protecting Our Students: Expanding Stout Surveillance"

Wisconsin Independent Networks

  • "Log Analysis for Wisconsin Independent Network"
  • "Metro Ethernet SLA Compliance, Monitoring & Reporting"
  • "Software Defined Networking"
  • "Layer 2 Internet Service Provider WAN Implementation"
  • "Software Defined Networking on a Carrier Ethernet Network"

Visit them at: http://www.wins.net

World Wide Technology (WWT)

  • "Substation Connected GRID Design"

Visit them at: https://www2.wwt.com 

Program Accomplishments

2019 USICC Collegiate Conference 

At the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference held April 4-6, 2019 in Galveston, Texas, the team of Luke Bednar and Karl Carey won the network design competition, topping 33 other teams. UW-Stout also took third place in network design, with the team of Nikki Ruf and Derek Muck. 

Faculty & Student Achievement

Career Opportunities

UW-Stout Graduates Get Great Jobs

Graduates of UW-Stout’s Computer Networking and Infrastructure Engineering program are currently employed at leading companies nationwide with job titles such as: 

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager

Employers Seek UW-Stout Graduates

The employers who hire ITM graduates include:

  • Google
  • Cisco
  • Netflix
  • Dell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • 3M
  • AT&T
  • Menards
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Target
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Wisconsin Independent Network
  • 3KeyLogic
  • Spanlink
  • Enventis
  • CDW
  • Heartland
  • And many others 
Objectives & Outcomes

The CNIE program follows UW-Stout's unique hands-on, active learning approach.  You will take courses in emerging fields such as virtualization, unified communication, information security, IP telephony, and wireless networking. 

The CNIE program focuses on:

  • Cybersecurity and cyber defense
  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration and Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Security
  • Linux Systems and Network Administration
  • IP Telephony (VoIP)
  • Wireless System
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  • Unified Communication and Collaboration

The B.S. Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering will prepare you to:

  • Communicate clearly, ethically, and responsibly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Apply business and management techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate emerging information technologies and their impact.
  • Design, implement, administer, and analyze information technology systems.
  • Integrate network security into the installation of networks, as well as business practices, policies, and user education.
  • Solve business problems and enhance productivity using information technology.

CNIE Students Can Earn Certifications

Certifications are a great way to show IT industry employers that you are up to date and knowledgeable on the current topics. CNIE is a Cisco Certified Networking Academy and a Microsoft Certified IT Academy. We are an authorized Pearson VUE and Thompson Prometric Testing Center. Numerous classes are embedded with industry certification examinations. The courses are taught by CNIE faculty members holding advanced IT industry certifications. As a CNIE student, you have the opportunity to earn the following certifications:  

Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

SaraAnger UW-Stout
BrendaBjerkeSenior Director, Information Risk Management Target
BriceBlankenshipInfrastructure EngineerCigna
JeffBodsbergBusiness Information Security OfficerCigna
GregBrodtInstructorWisconsin Indianhead Technical College
BrandonCrossHigh Touch Delivery DeveloperCisco
SteveEbbenDepartment Chair for Networking and SecurityFox Valley Technical College
NateEdinSenior ManagerDeluxe Corporation
CurtFawcettI/O Devices Integration ManagerCray Inc.
TriciaFoxwellSenior Consulting IT AuditorSecurian Financial
ReneeGundersonSenior Lecturer UW-Stout
JustinHaefnerSenior Principal IT TechnologistMedtronic
TomKenton UW-Stout
AndreaKittelsonCybersecurity Training LeadRockwell Automation
Justin   KrutzaNetwork EngineerTarget
JoshuaLushineNetwork AdministratorTarget
SueMayDirector of Business DevelopmentHeartland Technology Group
JacobMedford Dell EMC
Son NamNguyenAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout
LukasSchillerNetwork EngineerTarget
WeiShiProfessor-Engineering & TechnologyUW-Stout
JohnStaffordnetwork engineerHeartland Technology Group
JeffStrandePrincipal Engineer ConnectivityTarget
Jordan SussmanNetwork EngineerCargill
TroyTobinOperations Support Manager3RT Networks
TomUgoretz Heartland Technology Group
AndyWagnerSolution Domain ManagerCDW
JoeWetzelIT Department ChairFox Valley Technical College
SamuelWosikaSales EngineerCisco Meraki
JustinYarringtonNetwork AdministratorMenards

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