Network Administration


The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Network Administration prepares students for entry-level employment as network and computer systems administrators, who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization's computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems. Courses in the program are closely aligned with entry-level professional certifications in computer systems and network administration. 

Industry Certification Preparation:  

  • CompTIA A+ Certification,
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification,
  • CompTIA Server+ Certification
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification
  • Cisco CCNA Certification

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Network Administration degree program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and discuss business concepts, structures, and project management techniques relevant to today’s workplace
  • Identify theories of group dynamics and hone skills specific to working in and managing groups and teams
  • Identify the basic knowledge and practical skills needed to install and support computer operating systems
  • Install, configure and manage major network server types, i.e. VoIP (Voice over IP), streaming video, web, database and remote access servers
  • Determine the hardware and software needs for enterprise-level networks, including network setup and the costs involved for equipment, staff, and construction
  • Configure enterprise-level network devices such as routers, switches and wireless access points
  • Install server operating systems to perform various functions (i.e., user accounts, internet access, security gateways and email servers)

Program Entry Requirements:

The Network Administration degree program will be open to all interested full-time, part-time, continuing education and professional development students. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

The minimum number of credits required for graduation is 61. A grade point average of 2.0 is necessary for graduation. It is highly recommended that the degree be completed within a three-year period to ensure up-to-date knowledge and skill acquisition.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology   3 credits Technological Competency
CIS 150 - Network Technology   4 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
  3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance   4 credits  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher MATH For FNMT 118:
FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement
3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business   3 credits  
CIS 204 - Fundamentals of Linux and Unix CIS 105 or CIS 155 3 credits  
CIS 252 - Managing Network Servers CIS 150 4 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) or
SOC 115 - Gender and Society or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
For SOC 115: ENGL 101 3 credits Cultural Analysis and Interpretation
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming   4 credits  
CIS 256 - Network Routing and Switching CIS 150 4 credits  
CIS 259 - Computing and Network Security CIS 150 4 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
AET 102 - Science Technology and Public Policy or
CHEM 103 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Non-Lab Based) or
PHYS 108 - Descriptive Astronomy or
PHYS 125 - Musical Acoustics or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors)
  3 credits Scientific Reasoning
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Oral Communication/Creative Expression
CIS 205 - Database Management Systems CIS 103 or CSCI 112 or CSCI 118 4 credits  
MNGT 142 - Management Information Systems MNGT 121 3 credits  
CIS 271 - Information Technology Project Management CIS 103 3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8785; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.