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Network Technology: Cisco® Undergraduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

The Network Technology: Cisco undergraduate certificate is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, design, operate, and troubleshoot medium- to enterprise-size routed and switched networks in a variety of environments. The curriculum addresses the foundational application of topologies, systems architecture, and hardware ranging from small, local networks to enterprisewide integrated networks. Learners build and demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting strategies, application of networking, and specific related security issues that are associated with operating systems such as Apple, Android, and Windows environments.

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Eight Required Courses



24 quarter credits

Introduction to Network Technology

This course introduces learners to the key concepts underlying Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN). Learners examine the layered architecture of the network protocol stack, including the OSI and the TCP/IP models, and apply the principles of designing networks and implementing network protocols. Learners also apply topics of network topologies, cloud computing, networking devices, cabling, and basic network security.

3 quarter credits
Hardware and Operating Systems

In this course, learners demonstrate their knowledge of hardware and operating systems, focusing on peripherals and file management. Learners use modern operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS to demonstrate their skill with hardware and operating systems.

3 quarter credits
Systems Administration

This course provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the foundational skills and knowledge required of a systems administrator. Learners employ tools and procedures to install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain modern computer systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3355 *
Network Architecture

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge and skills with the fundamentals of network architecture. Learners apply knowledge of network characteristics and network topologies to develop a scope document for a proposed network architecture. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2250.

3 quarter credits
Information Security Concepts for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of information security fundamentals. Learners apply their understanding of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability to the basics of access control and network security measures.

3 quarter credits
IT4150 *
Internetworking Architectures 1

Learners in this course develop their understanding of the design and integration of multi-protocol networks (local area networks and wide area networks) to form an enterprise network. Learners design intranets/internets, virtual local area networks (VLANs), and firewalls using different internetworking devices and media. Learners gain the skills needed to configure Cisco® equipment, and analyze issues associated with designing enterprise networks including cost, compatibility, expandability, security, and future requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3355 and IT3358.

3 quarter credits
IT4155 *
Internetworking Architectures 2

This course focuses on the architectural methodologies used in the design and development of computer networks, including the physical structure of internal components of network devices and their interactions in local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). Learners evaluate the planning, methods, procedures, and tools necessary to prevent vulnerabilities in networked systems, and examine the procedures used to validate and restore network services following an incident. Learners also strengthen the skills needed to manage, operate, and maintain networked, managed, and linked systems and peripherals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT4150.

3 quarter credits
IT4160 *
Internetwork Analysis and Design

In this course, learners investigate the internetworking concepts for analyzing, planning, designing, and securing an enterprise network. In particular, learners apply a top-down approach to network design, modular hierarchies, enterprise network considerations, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, wireless network architectures, and internetworking security lifecycle. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT4155.

3 quarter credits






24 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.