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Networking, Security and System Administration - Enterprise Networking Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

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Networking, Security and System Administration

These degree programs prepare students for careers in computer networking or system administration and related fields. Upon completion, students may find entry level positions as computer support technicians, junior network administrators, junior system administrators, hardware technicians, data/voice/video cabling technicians, network project managers, designers/estimators or technical support personnel. The major prepares students to work as team members in an information technology group which designs, evaluates, tests, installs and maintains corporate networks. Preparation for the following industry certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft Certified Technician (MCT) in Windows and Windows Server (active directory, network infrastructure and applications infrastructure), Linux Profession Institute Certification Level 2, Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH).

Career Opportunities

Communications Specialist
Computer Game Programmer
Computer Hardware Specialist
Computer Help Desk Technician
Computer Maintenance Technician
Computer Software Technician
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Systems Analyst1
Computing Analyst1
Cyber Security Specialist
Database Manager1
Information Specialist
Information Systems Programmer1
LAN/WAN Manager
Manufacturer’s Representative
Network Administrator
Network Analyst1
Network Consultant
Network Control Technician
Network Training and Support Specialist
Programmer Analyst1
Sales and Service
Scientific Programmer1
Software Consultant
Software Developer1
Systems Analyst1
Systems Programmer1
Technical Support Representative
Telecommunications Programmer1
Telecommunications Technician
Telecommunications Technical Engineer1
Training Specialist
Web Designer
Web Developer


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Similar Course List

The following Cuyamaca and Grossmont College courses are considered similar enough to be accepted in the major for local computer science degrees in the district. Modification of Major forms are not required.

Cuyamaca Course Similar Grossmont Course
CIS-140 CSIS-180
CIS-190 CSIS-112
CIS-191 CSIS-113
CIS-211 CSIS-132
CIS-213 CSIS-133
CIS-215 CSIS-135
CS-119 CSIS-119
CS-181 CSIS-296
CS-182 CSIS-293
CS-281 CSIS-297
CS-282 CSIS-294

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Install, configure, upgrade, diagnose and troubleshoot a personal computer and its associated networking hardware and software in accordance with industry standards.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
CIS-120Computer Maintenance and A+ Certification3
CIS-121Network Cabling Systems3
CIS-125Network+ Certification3
CS-119Program Design and Development3
CS-119LProgram Design and Development Lab1
Area of Emphasis
CIS-190Windows Operating System3
or CIS-191 Linux Operating System
CIS-201Cisco Academy - Introduction to Networking3
CIS-202Cisco Academy - Routing, Switching, and Wireless Essentials3
CIS-203Cisco Academy - Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation3
CIS-209Cisco CyberOps3
or CIS-263 Fundamentals of Network Security
Select three of the following:6.5-10
Fundamentals of Information Technology
Cisco Networking Academy - Voice
NSSA Degree Capstone
Ethical Cybersecurity Hacking
Computer Forensics Fundamentals
Palo Alto Networks - Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA)
Palo Alto Networks Firewall Configuration, Management, and Threat Prevention
Total Units34.5-38

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the courses required for the major including an area of emphasis qualify for a Certificate in Networking, Security and System Administration - Enterprise Networking. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.