Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

As of April 6, all in-person and hybrid courses have begun. Students should log in to Canvas to access their courses. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for additional information. | Maricopa Coronavirus Website  |  Sign up for Rave Alerts  |  Need EMCC Help Now?  |  Log in to Canvas

Linux Networking Administration

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Linux Networking Administration program is designed to help to prepare students for a variety of industry recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the work place. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux Operating System Basics, System Administration, Network Administration and Network Security. These classes will help develop a student's knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify the history and nature of Open Source software.
  2. Demonstrate ability to install a variety of Linux distributions.
  3. Navigate the Linux file system hierarchy.
  4. Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions.
  5. Implement a variety of troubleshooting techniques to prevent and deal with a variety of system problems including core dumps.
  6. Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them through the use of mount points and automated mounting techniques.
  7. Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system logs.
  8. Demonstrate the impact of Linux in powering the Internet and Local Area Networks.
  9. Manipulate network-addressing schemes including subnetting.
  10. Utilize a variety of standardized and proprietary networking protocols that are included in Linux distributions.
  11. Apply knowledge and skills in implementing and configuring a variety of Linux network server daemons.
  12. Identify and assess common Linux security risks.
  13. Explain the role of digital certificates and certificate authorities in ensuring Internet privacy.
  14. Create user-level security through the creation and management of user accounts including password management, Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) and a variety of Linux utilities.
  15. Ensure file-level security through the configuration of file permissions, the monitoring of logs, and the automation of file integrity checks using the Trip-Wire utility.
  16. Define and analyze Local Area Networks (LAN) including standards and implementation requirements.
  17. Design a LAN including media, topologies, devices, software and protocols.
  18. Troubleshoot LAN problems.
  19. Install and configure various hardware and software system components.
  20. Analyze and troubleshoot network client and server systems.
  21. Install and configure a Windows operating system including administrative tools, user and group accounts and share permissions.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC170 A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support RC 3
CIS126DL or
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I RC 3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area See Academic Advisor for recommended courses HU 3
Math Any approved General Education Math course. MA 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS238DL or
Linux System Administration or Red Hat System Administration II RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 3
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Restricted Elective RE
MST150++ RC

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS239DL Linux Shell Scripting RC 3
CIS240DL Linux Network Administration RC 3
CNT140AA Introduction to Networks RC 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area See Academic Advisor for recommended courses SB 3
Restricted Elective RE

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS271DL Linux Security RC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area See Academic Advisor for recommended courses NS 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM 3
Restricted Elective RE

Program Electives

Select 14 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirement.

Selected courses will not apply in both the Required Course and Restricted Elective area.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems RE 3
BPC270 A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support RE 3
CIS121AH Microsoft PowerShell/Command Line Operations RE 3
CIS197 VMware ESXI Server Enterprise RE 3
CIS226AL Internet/Intranet Server Administration-Linux RE 3
CIS250 Management of Information Systems RE 3
CIS270 Essentials of Network and Information Security RE 3
CIS275DL Linux Capstone RE 3
CIS296WC Cooperative Education RE 3
CIS290++ Any Computer Information Systems Internship CIS290 module RE
CIS298AC Special Projects RE 3
CIS190 or
CNT140AA or
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks or Microsoft Networking Essentials RE 3–4
CNT150AA Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials RE 4
CNT160AA Scaling Networks RE 4
CNT170AA Cisco - Connecting Networks RE 4
MST150++ Any Microsoft Windows MST150 module RE
MST155++ Any Microsoft Windows MST155 module RE
MST157++ Any Microsoft Windows MST157 module RE
MST158++ Any Microsoft Windows MST158 module RE
Program Area Key

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Linux Networking Administration (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019