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The Network core courses will also prepare students towards industry certifications.
For students in the 90/30 program, 4 credits are required in the science area, therefore recommend selecting MAT141 from the MAT options.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Networking System Administration (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Install and troubleshoot microcomputer problems, including startup, operation, keyboard, display, and other hardware components, interfaces, operating systems and application software.
- Explain the role of computer technology, concepts, and terminology in business and society.
- Explain and define common networking terminology, planning, design and basic networking concepts.
- Administer a network using Microsoft Windows operating systems.
- Use troubleshooting techniques to configure, diagnose, and service a variety of networking equipment.
- Evaluate, explain, and apply basic security concepts and procedures associated with data, information and networks.
- Identify, define and use software components of the Unix or Linux operating system.
Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- 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.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
- 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.
|Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications||RC||3|
|BPC170||A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|BPC270||A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|ENG101||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|College Mathematics or College Mathematics||Prerequisites: An appropriate District placement, or a grade of C or better in (MAT052, MAT053, and MAT055), or (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT09+, or MAT103 or MAT114 or MAT115. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+ or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement.||Or satisfactory completion of a higher level Mathematics course||MA||3–4|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor).||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment. Meets the General Education Critical Reading area||CR||3|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.||FYC||3|
|MST150++||Microsoft Windows any module||Any MST150 Microsoft Windows module||RC|
|CIS126++||Any Linux Operating System module||RC||3|
|CNT140AA||Introduction to Networks||RC||4|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||See Academic Advisor for recommended courses||NS||3|
|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|
|CIS266||Network Integration Capstone||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (CIS238DL and CIS240DL) or CNT170AA or (MST155DA and MST157DA) and (CIS270 or CIS271DL or CNT205) or associated industry certifications or permission of Instructor.||RC||4|
|Essentials of Network and Information Security or Cisco Certified Network Associate Security or Linux Security||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BPC270 or CIS190 or MST150 or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT170AA or Certified Cisco Networking Associate (CCNA) certification or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS240DL or permission of Instructor.||RC||3–4|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||See Academic Advisor for recommended course||HU||3|
Students should select 15-16 credits from the following, except any courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
Select from the following list of courses to satisfy the restricted electives requirement
|CIS163AA||Java Programming: Level I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105 or permission of Instructor.||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|
|CIS198||VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS197.||RE||3|
|CIS200||VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT140AA and CIS197.||RE||3|
|CIS238DL||Linux System Administration||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS126DL or CIS126RH or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS239DL||Linux Shell Scripting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS238DL or CIS238RH or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS240DL||Linux Network Administration||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS238DL or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
|CIS270||Essentials of Network and Information Security||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BPC270 or CIS190 or MST150 or permission of Instructor.||Any||RE||3|
|MST150++||Any MST150 Microsoft Technology Module||RE|
|MST155++||Any MST155 Microsoft Technology Module||RE|
|MST157++||Any MST157 Microsoft Technology Module||RE|
|MST158++||Any MST158 Microsoft Technology Module||RE|
|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|
|CNT2++++||Any CNT200 level course||Any CNT200 level course||RE||4|
|ITS240||Ethical Hacking and Network Defense||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ITS110, or CNT205, or CIS270, or CIS271DB, or CIS272DB, or permission of Instructor.||RE||3|
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Program 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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Networking System Administration (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=109673).
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|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|