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.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Computer and Information Technology
- Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Linux Networking Administration (DEG)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Program Notes
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
This program will be replaced by: AAS/3189 Network and Systems Administration
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Identify the history and nature of Open Source software.
- Demonstrate ability to install a variety of Linux distributions.
- Navigate the Linux file system hierarchy.
- Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions.
- Implement a variety of troubleshooting techniques to prevent and deal with a variety of system problems including core dumps.
- Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them through the use of mount points and automated mounting techniques.
- Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system logs.
- Demonstrate the impact of Linux in powering the Internet and Local Area Networks.
- Manipulate network-addressing schemes including subnetting.
- Utilize a variety of standardized and proprietary networking protocols that are included in Linux distributions.
- Apply knowledge and skills in implementing and configuring a variety of Linux network server daemons.
- Identify and assess common Linux security risks.
- Explain the role of digital certificates and certificate authorities in ensuring Internet privacy.
- Create user-level security through the creation and management of user accounts including password management, Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) and a variety of Linux utilities.
- Ensure file-level security through the configuration of file permissions, the monitoring of logs, and the automation of file integrity checks using the Trip-Wire utility.
- Define and analyze Local Area Networks (LAN) including standards and implementation requirements.
- Design a LAN including media, topologies, devices, software and protocols.
- Troubleshoot LAN problems.
- Install and configure various hardware and software system components.
- Analyze and troubleshoot network client and server systems.
- Install and configure a Windows operating system including administrative tools, user and group accounts and share permissions.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Computer Network Architects
Computer Network Support Specialists
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|BPC170||A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support||RC||3|
|Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I||RC||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||See Academic Advisor for recommended courses||HU||3|
|Math||Any approved General Education Math course.||MA||3|
|Linux System Administration or Red Hat System Administration II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS126DL or CIS126RH or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS126RH, or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095, or RDG100, or RDG100LL, or RDG111, or RDG112, or RDG113, or an appropriate district placement, or permission of Instructor).||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|CIS239DL||Linux Shell Scripting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS238DL or CIS238RH or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|CIS240DL||Linux Network Administration||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS238DL or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|CNT140AA||Introduction to Networks||RC||4|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area||See Academic Advisor for recommended courses||SB||3|
|CIS271DL||Linux Security||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS240DL or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||See Academic Advisor for recommended courses||NS||4|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||COM||3|
Select 14 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirement.
Selected courses will not apply in both the Required Course and Restricted Elective area.
|Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems||RE||3|
|BPC270||A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105 or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS121AH||Microsoft PowerShell/Command Line Operations||RE||3|
|CIS197||VMware ESXI Server Enterprise||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [CIS105 and (BPC270 or MST150++) and (CIS126DL or CIS126RH) and (CIS190 or CNT140AB)] or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS226AL||Internet/Intranet Server Administration-Linux||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS126 (any module), or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS250||Management of Information Systems||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105.||RE||3|
|CIS270||Essentials of Network and Information Security||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BPC270 or CIS190 or CNT140AB or MST150++ or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS275DL||Linux Capstone||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS240DL, or CIS240RH, or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS296WC||Cooperative Education||Prerequisites: Completion of at least twelve (12) college credits, minimum 2.6 grade point average and be able to obtain a position related to student's academic or career goals (student's present job may qualify) or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: Must be concurrent in at least one class which is related to student's major or career interest or with permission of the Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS290++||Any Computer Information Systems Internship CIS290 module||RE|
|CIS298AC||Special Projects||Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or Instructor.||RE||3|
|Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks or Microsoft Networking Essentials||Corequisites: CIS105 or permission of Instructor. or No requisites or No requisites||RE||3–4|
|CNT150AA||Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT140AA or permission of Instructor.||RE||4|
|CNT160AA||Scaling Networks||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT150AA, or permission of Instructor.||RE||4|
|CNT170AA||Cisco - Connecting Networks||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT160AA, or permission of Instructor.||RE||4|
|MST150++||Any Microsoft Windows MST150 module||RE|
|MST155++||Any Microsoft Windows MST155 module||RE|
|MST157++||Any Microsoft Windows MST157 module||RE|
|MST158++||Any Microsoft Windows MST158 module||RE|
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Course Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Linux Networking Administration (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=106604).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|