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The Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Networking degree program prepares individuals for entry or advancement in the career field of computer network support and administration and also provides the first two years of a bachelor’s degree related to information technology and network administration. 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, reading, mathematics or reading. 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 secure voice, video, and data networks.
    2. Implement and configure networked devices.
    3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to administer and monitor networks.
    4. Exhibit mastery of problem-solving skills to troubleshoot existing and emerging technologies.
    5. Function as responsible and ethical network administrators 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.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Courses within the 30 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 complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • 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.

  • 18 credits

    CNET 1100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
    CNET 1212 Client Operating Systems 3
    CNET 1213* Server Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2101* Introduction to Networks 3
    CNET 2302* Routing, Switching, and Wireless Essentials 3
    CNET 2305* Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.



    12 credits

    BUS 1103 OR Human Relations in the Workplace 3
    BUS 1145 Customer Service 3
    Electives: Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
    CNET 1000 IT Exploration 2
    CNET 1105 Introduction to Cybersecurity 1
    CNET 2110* Principles of IT Security 3
    CNET 2114   Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX 3
    CNET 2125*+ System Virtualization 3
    CNET 2220* Cyber Operations 3
    CNET 2230* Ethical Hacking 3
    CNET 2390* IT Service Management 2
    CSCI 1101* Introduction to Computer Science and Problem-Solving 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    ^Course requires Instructor permission.
    +prerequisite effective beginning Spring 2024
  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 30 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goals. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1. Communications
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 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 Art
    7. Human Diversity
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.


    Fall Semester     

    Spring Semester
    CNET 1100 3 CNET 1213
    CNET 1212 3 CNET 2101
    Gen Ed or Electives     8-10 CNET 2302 3
             Gen Ed or Electives           5-7
     TOTAL 14-16 TOTAL 14-16

    Fall Semester  

    Spring Semester
    BUS 1103 or BUS 1145 GenEd or Electives 14-16
    CNET 2305    
    GenEd or Electives 8-10    
    TOTAL 14-16  TOTAL 17-19
  • *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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