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Networking/Cyber Defense

Associate of Applied Science

Building networks and keeping them up and running – that’s the foundation of institutional computing. In our program, you will learn to install and administer computer systems and networking technologies, and to analyze networks. Courses also provide preparatory knowledge for industry-accepted credentials.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


East Campus

Contact Information

Division of Business & IT
Dean: 520.206.7694
Program Advisor: 520.206.7424
Information Sessions

Program Information

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Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Computer Systems Analyst $70,833
Information Security Analyst $75,246
Computer Network Support Specialist $50,684
Computer Network Architect $74,298

Academic Options

Cybersecurity focus:  This focus area is designed to transfer to the University of Arizona South’s Cyber Defense and Forensics Track.

CISCO focus and Network Administrator focus:  These focus areas may apply toward a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). See an advisor

Program Requirements 2020-2021

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Communication Requirement
  Recommend: WRT 154
Arts and Humanities Requirement  
 Recommend:  ART 100 or DAR 250
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement  
 Recommend: ECN 150, JRN 102, GEO 104, POS 201 or POS 202
Mathematics and Science Requirement
  Recommend: MAT 106
Other Requirement
 Recommend: CMN 120
Special Requirements
  Recommend: CMN 120
Subtotal 15-16

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CIS 103 Microsoft Windows Operating System Professional Administration 3
CIS 136   Microcomputer Components 3
CIS 137    Introduction to the UNIX Operating System 3
CIS 170 Cisco I: Networking Fundamentals 4
CIS 171 Cisco II: Networking Router Technologies 4
CIS 216 Introduction to Wireshark and Network Analysis 4
CIS 219 Introduction to Virtual Computing 3
CIS 221    Microsoft Windows Server 3
CIS 222 Implementing Windows Server Network Infrastructure 3
CIS 225    Linux (UNIX) System and Network Administration 3
CIS 228       Fundamentals of Network Security 4
Focus Areas
Complete one of the following focus areas. Department chair or faculty advisor approval is recommended in the selection of a focus area. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.
CIS 172   CISCO III Advanced Routing and Switching 4
CIS 173 CISCO IV Project Based Learning 4
Cyber Security Focus
CIS 132 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
CIS 223 Implementing Windows Directory Services 3
CIS 235 Advanced Topics in Linux/Unix Security 3
Network Administrator Focus
CIS 223 Implementing Windows Directory Services 3
CIS 226 Advanced Linux Networking 3
CIS 229 Protecting Your PC and Network: Countermeasures to Network Intrusion 3
Subtotal 45-46

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Subtotal 1
Total 61-63

* In the general education categories, select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (cultural diversity) or "G" (global awareness). 

Program/Major Code: AASCOMPSYSAD/CSN2

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