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Networking, Security and System Administration - Enterprise System Administration 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, test, and troubleshoot a personal computer (hardware, system software, and networking hardware and software) and Linux and Windows servers (directory services, networking, print services, server security, remote access, DNS, DHCP, web server, file server, mail server, FTP server, file systems, partitions, logical volumes, server/network performance, and data backup and recovery).

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
CIS-191Linux Operating System3
CIS-290Windows Server-Installing and Configuring2
CIS-291Linux System Administration3
CIS-293Windows Server-Administering2
CIS-294Windows Server-Advanced Configuration2
Select four of the following:10-12
Technical Diagramming Using Microsoft Visio
Internet of Things (IoT) - Connecting Things
Internet of Things (IoT) Security
NSSA Degree Capstone
Fundamentals of Network Security
Ethical Cybersecurity Hacking
Computer Forensics Fundamentals
VMware Certified Professional
Total Units38-40

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 System Administration. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.