Computer Network Operations, AAS

The purpose of this program is to train entry-level network support technicians and more advanced network administrators in specific computer networking skills and general troubleshooting of hardware and software related problems.

90 credits

Program Contacts


Estimated Cost: $ 18,603

  • Resident Tuition: $ 12,522*
  • Technology Fees: $ 1,170
  • General Student Fees: $ 813**
  • Online Course Fee: $ 900 (if applicable)
  • Books / Materials: $ 542 (Some courses use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are free or low-cost materials.)
  • Program Specific Fees: $ 156 (data fee)
  • Other Cost / Expenses: $ 2,500*** (if applicable for Computer + Internet)

Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at

*Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives).

**General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning.

***Any special info about program costs or expenses.

****This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

PLO 1 - Explain established and emerging network technologies

PLO 2 - Access and utilize remote network resources with various software and hardware

PLO 3 - Build and configure Windows and Linux clients and servers

PLO 4 - Design, build, and optimize IP networks using routers, switches, and other network appliances

PLO 5 - Design, implement, test, and debug programs using one or more relevant programming language(s)

PLO 6 - Design and configure computer systems and networks with attention to current security needs

Program Requirements

General Education

WR 115Introduction to College Composition


MTH 095Intermediate Algebra



MTH 098Math Literacy


Human Relations - choose one course from list


WR: See Footnote 1.

MTH: See Footnote 2.

List of accepted Human Relations Courses

Program Core Courses

Must be completed with a grade of C- or better. P/NP not accepted.

CIS 140UIntroduction to Unix/Linux


CS 240UAdvanced Unix/Linux: Server Management


CS 240WAdvanced Windows: Server Management


CS 273Introduction to Virtualization and Cloud Computing


CS 275Introduction to Database Systems and Modeling


CS 284Network Security Fundamentals


CS 288Network Monitoring and Management


CS 280CNCo-op Ed: Computer Network Operations


CS 280CN: complete a minimum of 3 credits

Complete one of the following:

CS 161PComputer Science 1


CS 161CComputer Science 1


CS 161NComputer Science 1


Complete one of the following:

CS 162PComputer Science 2


CS 162CComputer Science 2


CS 162NComputer Science 2


Recommended: CS 161P and CS 162P

Complete all of the following:

Must be completed with a grade of C- or better or Pass (P).

CIS 100Computing Careers Exploration


CS 179Introduction to Computer Networks


CS 189Routing and Switching Essentials


CS 206Co-op Ed: Computer Information Technology Seminar


CS 279Scaling Networks


CS 179/189/279: See Footnote 3. (CCNA certificate)


Must be completed with a grade of C- or better. P/NP not accepted.

Program Electives

Complete 12 credits from the following options (electives cannot double dip with degree requirements above):

     -Any Computer Science (CS)
     -Any Computer Information Systems (CIS)
     -Any additional Mathematics (MTH 025 or higher)

Faculty Recommends:

CIS 140WIntroduction to Operating Systems: Windows Clients


CIS 195Web Authoring 1


CIS 287Microcomputer Hardware


CS 133JSBeg. Programming: JavaScript


CS 233JSIntermediate Programming: JavaScript


CS 285Cybersecurity Operations


CS 286Firewalls and VPNs


CS 290Ethical Hacking Fundamentals


Open Electives

Complete 12 credits of any course(s) 100-level or higher to reach 90 total credits. Work with an academic advisor.

Note: Students using lower-credit courses to meet General Education requirements may need to take additional electives to meet the 90-credit minimum.


1 – Any writing higher than WR 115 is also accepted. WR 121Z is recommended

2 – Any math higher than MTH 095 is also accepted 

3 – Students who have a CCNA certificate can get credit for the following courses: CS 179, CS 189, CS 279. Contact the Program Coordinator.


  • This is the parent program for the Computer Network Monitoring and Management, CPC.
  • First-year students: A personal laptop is strongly recommended for students in this program. Please contact the Program Coordinator for options and system requirements.
  • Students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in Computer Science are advised to consult with their academic advisor for additional program requirements.
  • Students who complete more than one CS 161 or CS 162 programming language course should be aware that transfer institutions may count multiple 161 or 162 courses as repeats, and may not accept them in transfer. Students wishing to complete multiple programming courses should first take a CS 161/162 series and then enroll in CS 133/233 course series for any subsequent programming languages.

Sample Term Planner

Computer Network Operations Term Plan 23-24

*Subject to change. Connect with an academic advisor to create an individualized academic planner.