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 CCNA v7 certification through the Cisco Certified Network Academy, CompTIA Security+ certification, and the Microsoft Client Windows 10 and Windows Server certification.

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.
  • Install and configure settings in a Windows 10 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 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 Requirements
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.32-35
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.  

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.