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Computer Network Security

Program Information

Computer Networking Certificates focus on the development of job- or career-specific skills in a short-term, concentrated format. Many courses may apply toward the Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Networking. For additional information, visit our website at:

General Information

Due to the dynamic nature of the computer networking industry, students are not able to sell back CNET course materials to the bookstore. 

  • 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 12 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above must be completed at ARCC.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • All program requirements must be completed at ARCC.
    • Courses must be completed within three years. Students may petition to extend the window beyond the three years.
    • All courses requirements must be complete before a certificate will be awarded.
    • Students must complete a Certificate Application. Certificate Applications are available online, in the Office of Records & Registration, and in the Advising Center. Submit a completed form to the Office of Records & Registration.
    • 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.

  • 30 credits

    CNET 1100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
    CNET 1105 Introduction to Cybersecurity 1
    CNET 2101* Introduction to Networks 3
    CNET 2110*  Principles of IT Security 3
    CNET 2114 Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX 3
    CNET 2125 System Virtualization 3
    CNET 2200* Network Forensics 2
    CNET 2215* Managing Network Security 3
    CNET 2230* Ethical Hacking 3
    CNET 2301* Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2) 3
    CSCI 1101* Introduction to Computer Science and Problem-Solving 3
    *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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