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Linux Network and Security


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.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: NA
Part Time: 2 to 4

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

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Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : Instructor Permission

First of two courses that addresses the body of knowledge required for the current CompTIA A+ Certification. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of installing, maintaining, and configuring computer hardware; operating systems; networks; and security. Course Prerequisite: Ability to use an internet browser and create a document with a word processor. Computer lab fee.

EET 131 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$2,471.60 $2,818.40 $6,359.00

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Using Linux, this course provides an introduction to the UNIX operating system. Includes the fundamental UNIX commands, the UNIX file system, vi editor, UNIX shells and shell programming. Experience using a computer and working with the Windows operating system is strongly recommended. Computer Fee.

IT 135 5.0

Intermediate course. Covers the organization of UNIX-based hardware components and software tools used by the host administrator to control access, tune the system, and account for system resources used. Focuses on UNIX tools, network schedulers, security, remote access, performance monitoring, and networking aspects of UNIX. Includes multi-user, multi-tasking, time-sharing networked communications, and set-up and maintenance of an Internet server. Prereq: IT 135 or permission.

IT 138 5.0

Introduction to computer network security terminology, technology, and best practices as defined by the Computing Technology Industry Association's vendor neutral Security+ Certification and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium's vendor neutral Systems Security Certified Practitioner Certification. Prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ and ISC2 SSCP exams. Prerequisites IT 120, IT 135, or instructor permission.

IT 150 5.0

Students will learn offensive security techniques according to the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) methodology. Tools and testing networks will focus on the Linux operating system. Primary emphasis will be on open source platforms. Prereq: IT 135 and IT 150 or Permission.

IT 157 5.0