Network Design & Administration AAS-T Degree

Seattle Central offers three options for students interested in network design and administration: an Associate of Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) Degree (course planning below), a 4-quarter certificate and a 3-quarter CISCO Certificate. Depending on your goals and previous experience, you can choose the program that is best suited for you.


English and Math Eligibility: Students must be eligible for, but do not need to have previously taken, ENGL&101 Composition I and MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra.

Skill Development Courses

Prior to enrolling in the program, you should complete the following courses and maintain minimum 2.0 GPA. Prerequisites can often be completed in one quarter.

IT 100: Computer Concepts
5 credits
Introduction to computers and information systems, including hardware, software, data organization, data communications, systems development and the evolving role of computers in society.

IT 141: Hardware A+
5 credits
Provides basic understanding of various hardware components, including installation and configuration. Learn how software interacts with and controls the computer's hardware elements. Emphasizes analytical logic, troubleshooting skills and basic networking concepts.

BTM 111: Business Applications Support I
5 credits
Intro to Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Personal Information Management and Presentation software. Creating letters, business correspondence, spreadsheets and presentations commonly used in business settings. Previously known as MIC 101.

IT 130: Network Essentials
5 credits
Intro to networking technologies for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet.

Certificate Classes

First Quarter

IT 131: Network Operating Systems 1 – Win 2016 Professional
5 credits
Learn to install and configure Microsoft Windows on stand–alone and client computers that are part of a workgroup or domain and those required for Implementing a Microsoft Windows Network Infrastructure. Prereq IT 130 with 2.0 or higher or permission.

IT 132: Network Operating Systems 2 – Win 2016 Server
5 credits
Learn to install Windows Server and various file systems and to administer and manage Active Directory services and objects. Use Microsoft Management Console to monitor system performance and to administer Internet Information Services and user accounts, group accounts and group policies. Study print services, network protocols, virtual private networking, Routing and Remote Access Service, DHCP, WINS and DNS. Learn to back up data, implement disaster protection and recover from a disaster.

IT 241: Network Management – Cisco 1
5 credits
Provides experience in current and emerging networking technology for future employment and/or further education. Content standards based on current industry standards. Examines safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, LANs, OSI model, cabling, cabling tools, IP addressing and network standards. Emphasis on decision–making and problem–solving techniques.

Second Quarter

IT 135: Network Communications – TCP/IP
5 credits
Learn to set up, configure, use and support Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) on major operating systems used in a networked environment. Emphasis on DNS for directory systems and ports for service availability, troubleshooting network connectivity, bandwidth management and optimization.

IT 133: Network Operating Systems 3 – Win 2016 Network Infrastructure
5 credits
Continuation of IT 132. Covers capacity planning, directory services, group policies, multiple domain management, trust relationships, implementing RAS, IPsec, interoperating with various network operating systems.

IT 242: Network Management – Cisco 2
5 credits
Continuation of IT 241. Covers safety, networking, network protocols, LANs, WANs, Ethernet, LAN switching, router IOS, TCP/IP addressing, router configuration, dynamic routing, static routing and the network administrator's role and function. Emphasis on techniques to solve networking problems.

Third Quarter

IT 231: Linux Fundamentals
5 credits
Intro to the Linux/Unix client operating system, including the fundamental Linux/Unix commands in both the command line interface and graphics user interface. Not a Server Administration class.

IT 243: Network Management – Cisco 3
5 credits
Continuation of NET 144. Extends knowledge and practical experience with configuring LANs, hubs, switches, Internet–work Packet Exchange (IPX) routing, Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), Wide Area Networks (WANs) and network troubleshooting. Covers Integrated Services Data Networks (ISDN), Point–to–Point Protocols (PPP) and frame relay design, configuration and maintenance.

CIS 197: Network Work Experience
3 credits
Work experience.

Fourth Quarter

IT 232: Unix for Network Administration
5 credits
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. Covers advanced concepts with multi–user, multi–tasking, time–sharing networked communications, UNIX tools, network schedulers, security, remote access, performance monitoring and networking aspects of UNIX. Examines operational considerations including host initialization, suspension and termination and the system's physical environment.

IT 250: Introduction to Network Security
5 credits
Intro to network security, building and administering secure network architectures. Covers firewalls, vulnerability scanners, encryption, risk monitoring and assessment tools, digital certificates, authentication and network vulnerabilities. Security Lab uses wired desktop systems and wireless PDAs to Linux, Macintosh and Windows systems used by small and medium businesses.

IT 257: Enterprise Applications
5 credits
Capstone course for network infrastructure students. Simulate a small business environment in hardware and software from a case study and apply the skills from the foundation networking courses. Further explore enterprise applications and server needs of businesses as directed by industry standards and trends.

AAS-T Degree
Programming Certificate Plus

ENGL& 101: Composition
5 credits

ENGL& 102: Composition II
5 credits

HUM& 105: Intercultural Communications
5 credits

MATH& 146: Statistics
5 credits

PSYC& 100: General Psychology or Social Science
5 credits

CSC 110: Intro to Computer Programming or Natural Science
5 credits

Total Credits for AAS-T (after Prerequisites) = 88

Class Schedule