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Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Network Administration program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for learning industry specific methodologies and recognized standards associated with network administration. Students will develop skills and knowledge required to execute network administration and management tasks. The curriculum combines coursework in network 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 implement data connectivity for local and wide area networks.
    2. Develop and maintain network security procedures.
    3. Monitor and measure the performance of the network.
    4. Research, plan and oversee network and telephone systems.
    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.
    • 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.

  • 33 credits

    CNET 1100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
    CNET 1212 Client Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2101 Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) 3
    CNET 2110 Principles of IT Security 3
    CNET 2205 Fundamentals of Wireless LANs 3
    CNET 2215* Managing Network Security 3
    CNET 2301* Routing & Switching Essentials 3
    CNET 2303* Scaling Networks 3
    CNET 2304*  Connecting Networks          3
    CNET 2320* Unified Communications/VoIP 3
    BUS 1103  Human Relations in the Workplace   3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 12 credits

    Select 12 credits from the following: 
    CNET 1105 Introduction to Cyberscruity 1
    CNET 1213 Server Operating Systems 3
    CNET 2114 Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX 3
    CNET 2125* System Virtualization  3
    CNET 2297^ Field Experience and Seminar 1-4
    BUS 1119 Database Management using Microsoft Access 3
    CSCI 1101* Introduction to Computer Science and Problem Solving  3
    CNET 2230 Ethical Hacking 3
    * Course has a prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
    ^ Course requires Instructor permission.
  • 15 CREDITS

    Complete a minimum of 15 credits in at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) including the courses listed below.
    1.  Communication
      A. ENGL 1120* OR 1121* 4
      B. 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.
  • *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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