School and Ranking Information
There are about seven school options in the Baton Rouge area offering degree and certificate programs in networking. Based on program options, rankings and proximity, the following schools are among the best in the area:
- Winner: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is the top pick for its variety of program options. It offers an undergraduate program with a concentration in networking and elective courses in telecommunications, and it also has graduate degree programs that allow for an academic and research focus in networking. Its graduate computer science program has been nationally ranked.
- Runner-Up #1: Southern University and A & M College also has undergraduate and graduate degree programs in computer science with networking study options.
- Runner-Up #2: Capital Area Technical College - Baton Rouge offers a variety of program concentration options related to networking, though only at the undergraduate level, putting it in third place.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College||Southern University and A & M College||Capital Area Technical College - Baton Rouge|
|Rankings||#99 in 'Best Computer Science Grad Schools'*||N/A||N/A|
|Location||Baton Rouge||Baton Rouge||Baton Rouge|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)||$6,989 (undergraduate, in-state), $22,265 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $7,921 (graduate)**||$5,810 (undergraduate, in-state); $6,780 (graduate, in-state)**||$1,941 (undergraduate, in-state), $3,501 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**|
|Networking Programs Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Certificates and diplomas|
|Networking Degrees/Certificates Awarded (2011-2012)||35 bachelor's, 26 master's and 6 doctoral degrees (in computer and information science)**||23 bachelor's and 19 master's degrees (in computer science)**||101 certificates (in networking, telecommunications and system administration)**|
|Most Popular Networking Program (2011-2012)||Popularity not reported||Popularity not reported||Network and systems administrator (72 certificates awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||62% (students beginning in 2005)**||25% (students beginning in 2005)**||38% (students beginning in 2008)**|
|Noteworthy||Networking Research and Development Program||Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) project||A+ Certification Training Lab|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics.
Winner: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
- Networking facilities include a Networking and Multimedia Laboratory, Sensor Networking and Cybersecurity Laboratory, FreeBSD Network, Sun Micro Systems Network and Microcomputer Network
- Three computer science faculty members focus on networking research
- The Computing Accrediting Commission of ABET accredits the computer science bachelor's degree curriculum
- LSU ranked #134 in 'Best National Universities', #67 in 'Top Public Schools' and #99 in 'Best Computer Science Grad Schools' in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report
Louisiana State University (LSU) is the largest school with networking training in Baton Rouge, with 29,718 students enrolling in 2011. It has the highest overall graduation rate among schools with networking training in the area. It offers a bachelor's degree program in computer science with an emphasis option in networking, in which students learn about networking tools, programming, metropolitan networks, LANs and WANs. Elective courses in networking cover digital communication, business telecommunications and network security, and students may complete undergraduate research with academic approval.
Master's degree students may take wireless communication networks and network information systems courses. At the doctoral level, there are about six networking elective classes offered. Networking research specialty areas include optical networks, sensor networks and wireless ad-hoc networks.
Runner-Up #1: Southern University and A & M College
- Networking facilities include a Server Network Monitoring Laboratory and a High Performance Computing Lab with telecommunication optical networks
- Networking research focus areas include neural networks, sensor networks and wireless communication networks
- The computer science bachelor's degree curriculum is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
Southern University has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs in computer science. The bachelor's degree program includes courses that cover digital networks, distributed processing, neural networks and telecommunications. The master's degree program requires students to choose a concentration. There are five options, but the most relevant concentration to networking and telecommunications is the digital data communications concentration, which includes many of the course topics included in the bachelor's program, in addition to courses in graph networks and coding theory. Master's degree students must complete a thesis or other comprehensive final project, and four faculty members have research interests in networking. Graduate students may be considered for graduate assistantships.
Runner-Up #2: Capital Area Technical College - Baton Rouge
- Certified Cisco Networking Academy
- Certified Microsoft Academy
- Can prepare students for IC3 certification; CompTIA's A+, Network + and Server + certifications; and Microsoft's MCSE and MCSA certifications
Capital Area Technical College (CATC) offers a Technical Diploma in Information Technology with a concentration in computer network specialist and a Certificate of Technical Studies in Network Administrator. It also offers several technical competency area programs related to networking and telecommunications: computer technician, server administrator, WAN technician and LAN technician. All students take the same set of core courses covering topics like operating systems, networking and troubleshooting. Students have opportunities to gain hands-on work experience through practicums, co-op education and special project courses.