Network Operations and Systems Security Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

The NOSS program prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of entry- to mid-level positions including, but not limited to, help desk, network system administration, and cybersecurity. Our instructors prepare students for careers involving the protection of information on computers and networks against unauthorized access or modification of information and the denial of service to authorized users. Includes those security measures, both physical and virtual, necessary to detect, document, and counter such threats. Curriculum content includes basic and advanced computer and networking skills, physical and virtual security processes, and procedures, and introduction to security management, planning, and recovery.

The NOSS AAT/AAS-T program focuses primarily on the technical and problem-solving skills associated with PC and network management and cyber-security implementation but adds hands-on experience building computer and network systems. Additional skills include administration, configuration, and security for Cisco, Linux, and Microsoft products. Our focus also includes ethical hacking and prevention, assessing the security needs of computer networking systems, and developing safeguard solutions for computer and information-system infrastructures and countermeasures.

The AAT or AAS-T degree is earned by completing the technical program requirements and general education requirements. The program includes preparing students for the CompTIA A+, Security+, Linux+, Cisco CCNA, and Microsoft MCSA & MTA certification examinations and internship work experience.

Employers include business and industrial firms, financial institutions, government agencies, consulting firms, software developers, health providers, and Internet service providers. Innovations in computer technology continue to rapidly change and expand the computer security field. Therefore, the following courses of study may be subject to change to offer students training based on current industry standards.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Network Operations & Systems Security degree, students will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot computers, software, and networks in order to provide quality service to end users.
  • Design a local area network and wide area network that incorporates the fundamentals of network addressing.
  • Implement systems security for organizational information systems.
  • Apply principles of cybersecurity in order to defend against cybersecurity threats.
  • Administer server operating systems in a variety of stand-alone and enterprise network environments.
  • Use virtualization and cloud management tools to centralize the management of multiple virtual servers.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Before completion of the first quarter, a student must provide documentation of a background check with the Washington State Patrol.

Program Course List

NOS 100IT Fundamentals I

4

NOS 105CLIT Fundamentals II

4

NOS 110Cyber Security Fundamentals

4

NOS 115Introduction to Networking

4

NOS 120Desktop Support I

4

NOS 125Desktop Support II

4

NOS 130Server OS Installation and Configuration

4

NOS 135Scripting for Network Admins

4

NOS 140Linux I

4

NOS 145Administering Windows Server OS

4

NOS 150Virtualization and Cloud Technologies

4

NOS 155Linux II

4

NOS 160Server Security

4

NOS 200Window Server Identity Services

4

NOS 205Implementing Systems Security

4

NOS 210Digital Forensics and Investigations

4

NOS 215Switch and Route Essentials

5

NOS 220Enterprise Networking and Security

4

NOS 225Internship I

3

NOS 230Penetration Testing I

5

NOS 235Penetration Testing II

4

NOS 240Internship II

3

Total Credit Hours:88

NOSS Program Option: See list below

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

88

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Total Credit Hours:106

AAT General Education Requirements: See list above

AAS-T Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

88

AAS-T General Education Requirements

23

Total Credit Hours:111

AAS-T General Education Requirements: See list above

For an AAT or AAS-T degree, students must complete one of the specialty options listed below. These options may also be taken as a stand-alone certificate for those not pursuing a degree.

General Degree Requirements

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two-degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science-T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below:

Network Operations & Security AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits):

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

Or

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

 

COLL 102College Success for All

3

 

Network Operations AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

5 credits in communication:

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning:

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement:

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science;

Choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Program Length

This program is approximately seven quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.