Networking & Security

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Associated Programs

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Linux Networking Administration program is designed to help to prepare students for a variety of industry recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the work place. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux Operating System Basics, System Administration, Network Administration and Network Security. These classes will help develop a student's knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Term 1

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC BPC170 Computer Maintenance: A+ Exam Prep Level I 3
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3
Mathematics Math Any approved General Education Math course. 3
RE Restricted Elective 6–10

Term 2

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading 3
FYC ENG102 First-Year Composition 3
RE Restricted Elective 3–5
RC CIS126DL Linux Operating System 3
RC CIS238DL Linux System Administration 3

Term 3

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RC CIS239DL Linux Shell Scripting 3
RC CIS240DL Linux Network Administration 3
RC CIS271DL Linux Security 3
RC CNT140++ Cisco Networking Fundamentals 4
RC MST150++ Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 3

Term 4

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
RE Restricted Elective 6–8
HU Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirement.

Selected courses will not apply in both the Required Course and Restricted Elective area.

Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RE BPC110 or
Computer Usage and Applications or
Survey of Computer Information Systems
RE BPC270 Computer Maintenance: A+ Exam Prep Level II 3
RE BPC273 Advanced Server Computer Maintenance: Server + Prep 3
RE CIS121AH Microsoft Power/Shell Command Lines Operation 3
RE CIS197 VMware ESXI Server Enterprise 4
RE CIS226AL Internet/Intranet Server Administration-Linux 3
RE CIS241DL Apache Web Server Administration (Linux/Unix) 3
RE CIS250 Management of Information Systems 3
RE CIS270 Essentials of Network and Information Security 3
RE CIS274DL Linux Enterprise Network Security 3
RE CIS275DL Linux Capstone 3
RE CIS296WC Cooperative Education 3
RE CIS290++ Computer Information Systems Internship 1–3
RE CIS298AC Special Projects 3
RE CIS190 or
CNT140AA or
Introduction to Local Area Networks or
Introduction to Networks or
Microsoft Networking Essentials
RE CNT150AA Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials 4
RE CNT160AA Scaling Networks 4
RE CNT170AA Cisco - Connecting Networks 4
RE MST150++ Microsoft Windows 3
RE MST155 or
Implementing Windows Network Infrastructure or
Windows Server Network Infrastructure Configuration
RE MST157 or
Implementing Windows Directory Services or
Active Directory Windows Server Configuration
RE MST158DA Windows Server Administration 4

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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