Computer Networking and Security, Associate in Science

The Computer Networking and Security program prepares students for employment in the Information Technology (IT) sector, including positions in information security administration, Microsoft system administration, network administration, and technical support.

It also prepares students for the following industry certifications:

  • Cisco CCNA v7
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CYSA+)
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft MD-100 - Windows Client
  • Microsoft MD-101 - Managing Modern Desktops
  • Microsoft AZ-800 - Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
  • Microsoft AZ-801 - Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Implement and configure Cisco routers to perform local and wide area network routing using various routing protocols.
  • Implement and configure Cisco switches to perform local area network switching.
  • Implement and configure security on local and wide area networks.
  • Implement and configure UNIX systems to obtain and provide network services.
  • Configure and manage a Microsoft Windows Server and Client, both on premises and in the cloud.
  • Install and configure settings in a Windows client operating system including configuring storage and security, managing data access, configuring applications, network connectivity, and recovery options.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Certificate of Achievement Requirements
CSIS 72AAdministering Windows Server Core Infrastructure3
CSIS 72BConfiguring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services3
CSIS 76ACisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 13
CSIS 76BCisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 23
CSIS 76CCisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 33
CSIS 80Introduction to UNIX and Linux3
CSIS 83AMicrosoft Client Operating System3
CSIS 86Network Security Fundamentals/Security+ Prep3
CSIS 89Preparation for Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CYSA+)3
Required Core
Select one course from the following:1-4
Business Communication
Programming Fundamentals: Python
Database Processing
Introduction to Computer Hardware/A+ Prep
Web Design and Publishing
ITIL Essentials
Computer Forensics
Security Practices: Penetration Testing and Discovery
Project Development
Additional Requirements32-35
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 13 or MATH 16 Recommended) 4
CSIS 76A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 1 3
CSIS 76B Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 2 3
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
CSIS 76C Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 3 3
CSIS 86 Network Security Fundamentals/Security+ Prep 3
MPC GE Area B and Lab 4
MPC GE Area C 3
MPC GE Area D 3
Year 2
CSIS 80 Introduction to UNIX and Linux 3
CSIS 89 Preparation for Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CYSA+) 3
CSIS 72A Administering Windows Server Core Infrastructure 3
Select one course from the following: 1-4
Business Communication
or Programming Fundamentals: Python
or Database Processing
or Introduction to Computer Hardware/A+ Prep
or Web Design and Publishing
or ITIL Essentials
or Computer Forensics
or Security Practices: Penetration Testing and Discovery
or Project Development
Electives (CSIS 87 Recommended) 3
MPC GE Area E 3
CSIS 83A Microsoft Client Operating System 3
CSIS 72B Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services 3
MPC GE Area F 3
Electives (CSIS 88 Recommended) 3
Electives (ENGL 2, SPCH 1, or SPCH 2 Recommended) 1-4
 Total Units60-66

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.