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Telecommunications Minor

Dr. Malcolm Lane , Minor Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-2772
E-mail: lanemg@jmu.edu

The interdisciplinary minor in telecommunications is designed to augment the student’s major program with a package of courses that will prepare the graduate to obtain a position as a telecommunication/network professional and fill a societal need in one of the fastest growing areas of technology.

The program is developed as a minor principally for three major programs: computer science; integrated science and technology; and computer information systems. However, the program is open to any undergraduate with an interest in telecommunications and some computer background.

The telecommunications minor will instill knowledge of the following:

  • Telecommunication terminologies, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Basics of data transmission, digital signal processes and signaling hierarchies.
  • Architectures, communications protocols, and components of LANs, WANs and internetworks.
  • The TCP/IP and ATM protocol suites.
  • Switching, routing and traffic management in inter-networked environments.
  • Voice, video and data transmission over IP and ATM.
  • Application development for the Internet.
  • Distributed object systems programming and management.

The requirements for the minor are 18 credits shown below. Students are encouraged to check prerequisites. At most four courses can be used to satisfy both the telecommunications minor and a student’s major requirements.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
CIS/CS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing
SMAD 356. Telecommunications Policy and Regulation
CS 460. Local Area Networks
CS 461. Internetworking
CS 462. Network Applications Development
Choose one of the following:

CS 239. Advanced Computer Programming


CIS 331. C Programming Language