Linux Networking and Security Certificate

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This program prepares students for careers in system administration, network administration, and information security. Students will gain experience managing and securing the Linux operation system. Students will also learn how Linux-based tools apply to network administration and security testing.

Learning Outcomes
  • • Installing, configuring, and testing network servers and workstations.
  • • Installing and configuring software and upgrades.

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this degree with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Linux Networking & Security Certificate Prerequisites: EET 131, or instructor permission.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.


Course Number

Certificate Requirements (20 credits)

Credit Hours

IT 135*

Linux Operating System


IT 138*

Linux for Network Administration


IT 150*

IT Systems Security+


IT 157*

Ethical Hacking


Total Credits: 20
(excluding pre-requisites)

Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is suggested. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

4-quarter pathway

1st quarter: IT 135

2nd quarter: IT 138

3rd quarter: IT 150

4th quarter: IT 157


Accelerated pathway

1st quarter: IT 135, IT 150

2nd quarter: IT 138, IT 157


Sequence Type

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

What are some potential job titles?

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst

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