Network & Server Administration AAS Degree
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AAS: Network/Server Admin

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This 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree program is focused on UNIX/Linux, Microsoft, and Cisco operating system configuration, management, and security. The curriculum includes information security concepts and best-practices, and industry certification (CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.) preparation.

Learning Outcomes
  • Install & configure software and upgrades
  • Install, configure & test network devices, servers and workstations
  • Troubleshoot hardware & network problems

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.

Network & Server Administration AAS Prerequisites:

  • Placement into ENGL&101 or completion of ABE 050 with a minimum 2.0 GPA

  • Placement into MATH084 (or higher)

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

Course Number General  Education/Related Instruction Requirements (20 credits) Credit Hours
EET109* Mathematical Applications for Circuit Analysis (see note 1) 5
BUS236 Interpersonal Communications for The Workplace 5
ENGL&101* English Composition I (see note 2) 5
  Five credits must be selected from a list of approved US Cultures or Global Studies 5
Course Number Degree Requirements (70 credits) Credit Hours
EET131 IT Essentials I - A+ Certification 5
EET132* IT Essentials II - A+ Certification Advanced (see note 3) 5
BUS169 Using Computers in Business 5
IT102 Introduction to Programming 5
IT122* Network Operating System 1 (see note 4) 5
IT124* Network Operating System 2 (see note 5) 5
IT126* Network Operating System 3 (see note 6) 5
IT135 Introduction to UNIX 5
IT138* UNIX for Network Administration (see note 7) 5
IT142* Network Management - CISCO I (see note 8) 5
IT144* Network Management - CISCO II (see note 9) 5
IT146* Network Management - CISCO III (see note 10) 5
IT220* Desktop Management & Virtualization (see note 11) 5
  Technical electives 5

1. Must have MATH 081 or equivalent
2. Must have Placement into ENGL&101 on placement test or recommendation of your ENGL 98 instructor or complete ABE 050 with minimum 2.0
3. Must have EET 131 or permission
4. Must have EET 131, IT 120, IT 142 or instructor permission
5. Must have IT 122 or instructor permission
6. Must have IT 122 or instructor permission
7. Must have IT 135 or instructor permission
8. Must have EET 131, IT 122 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission
9. Must have IT 142 or instructor permission
10. Must have IT 142, IT 144 or instructor permission
11. Must have IT 128 or instructor permission

Total Credits -- Minimum
Sequence Type

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 minimal. 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.

1st quarter: EET 109, EET 131, BUS 169

2nd quarter: EET 132, IT 102, IT 122

3rd quarter: IT 124, IT 135, IT 142

4th quarter: IT 126, IT 138, IT 144

5th quarter: BUS 236, ENGL&101, IT 146

6th quarter: IT 220, Technical Elective, US Culture or Global Studies elective

Elective Groups

Technical Electives

  • BUS118* - Project Management (see note 12)
  • CWE110 – Internship
  • EET108 – Fiber Optics (see note 13)
  • EET135 – Introduction to Broadband (see note 14)
  • EET160 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
  • EET161 – DC Principles of Electronics (see note 15)
  • IT111 – Internet and Web Authoring
  • IT128 – Windows Operating Systems 3 (see note 16)
  • IT140* - UNIX Shell Scripts Perl (see note 17)
  • IT150 – Systems Security + (see note 18)
  • IT298 – Special Projects for LAN


12. Must have BUS 118 and BUS 236 13. Must have MATH 081 or placement into MATH 084 or instructor permission 14. Must have EET 131, EET 160 or EET 161, or permission 15. Completion of high school or Elementary Algebra strongly recommended 16. Must have IT 126 or instructor permission 17. Must have IT 138 or instructor permission 18. Must have IT 128 and IT 146, or instructor permission

Global Studies

These courses are currently approved to fulfill the Global Studies requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

US Cultures

These courses are currently approved to fulfill US Cultures requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.


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

What are some potential job titles?

  • Network Manager
  • Information Technology (IT) Specialist
  • Systems Administrator

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NSC Advising Office

(206) 934-3658

Program Contact

Robert Bunge  (206) 934-4530


Program Website

Effective beginning: Spring 2012 
Network & Server Administration Specialist Associate of Applied Science Degree
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