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Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in System Administration program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for learning industry specific methodologies and recognized standards associated with computer system administration. Students will develop skills and knowledge required to execute system administration and management tasks. The curriculum combines coursework in system administration along with a general education component. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, reading or typing/keyboarding. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Design and develop plans for various project and operational needs.
    2. Successfully install and configure modern data center devices and technologies.
    3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain system and environmental standards.
    4. Exhibit mastery of problem-solving skills to investigate and troubleshoot issues.
    5. Function as a responsible and ethical IT professional for organizations and society.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. See page 27 of the Anoka-Ramsey Academic Catalog.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • All program requirements must be completed at ARCC.
    • Courses within the 45 credit program requirements must be completed within four years. Student may petition to extend the window beyond the four years.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 24 credits

    CNET 1115 IT and Data Assurance 3
    CNET 1201 A+ Core Hardware and OS Technologies 3
    CNET 2112 Desktop Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2113* Network Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2114 Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX 3
    CNET 2125* System Virtualization 3
    BUS 1103 Human Relations in the Workplace 3
    BUS 1119 Database Management using Microsoft Access 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 33 credits

    Select 21 credits from the following:  
    CNET 1101 PC Troubleshooting, Maintenance and Repair 2
    CNET 2101 Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) 3
    CNET 2105 Security Awareness and Policies 1
    CNET 2205 Fundamentals of Wireless LANs 3
    CNET 2115* Managing Network Security 3
    CNET 2297^ Field Experience and Seminar 1-4
    CNET 2301*    Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2)  3
    CNET 2303* Scaling Networks (CCNA 3) 3
    CNET 2304* Connecting Networks (CCNA 4) 3
    CNET 2320*  Unified Communications/VoIP   3
    CSCI 1101*  Intro to Computer Science & Problem Solving   3
    *Course has a prerequisite. Prerequisites are listed on the course schedule and in the ARCC Catalog Course Descriptions pages.
    ^ Course requires Instructor permission.
  • 15 credits

    Complete at least one course in three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) including listed courses.
    1. Communication
      ENGL 1120* or 1121* 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking   
    3. Natural Science  
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning  
       MATH 1200* OR PHIL 1105 3
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences  
      ECON 2205 3
     6. Humanities/Fine Arts   
     7. Human Diversity   
     8. Global Perspective   
     9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility  
     10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Computer & Information Systems Manager
    • Network Administrator
    • Wireless Network Specialist
    • Computer Support Technician
    • Help Desk Specialist
    • Network Security Analyst
    • Computer Systems Administrator
    • Server Support Specialist

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