2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Network Engineering (AAS) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, work with the CIS/CNE Navigator to select the appropriate replacement. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science Computer Network Engineering, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements.

Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Field Entry Certification Opportunities

To enhance your employability consider completing CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications; and Cisco CCNA certification.  Please talk with an advisor for more information.

Action Item: Meet with CIS/CNE faculty and/or STEM advisor  

Discuss career goals, and interests to customize your education plan.  

Use your Success Network (in Starfish)!  Access your Degree Planner in Starfish, visit your career and transfer path, adjust your goals as needed, and plan your next steps.  

CIP Code: 11.1002

ctcLink Plan Code: CSTNEAPT

Total Credits: 103-118

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.

2. Communications Requirement

  • Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and communicate clearly using standard English.  


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.


  • Course purpose: IT careers and jobs require you to be able to write and create technical documentation readable by project stakeholders. 

3. Math Requirement

Choose ONE Math course.

Note: The math course you select will depend on the 4-year transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance 

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Transfer Note: Consult your advisor during your first quarter at Pierce if transferring to Green River College BAS IT – Cybersecurity and Networking. 

4. Human Relations Requirement

Choose ONE course in Human Relations to satisfy Pierce professional/technical program requirements. These courses teach human relations skills required to navigate the modern workplace.

5. Humanities / Social Sciences / Natural Sciences Transfer Suggestion

The courses suggested below are required BAS bridging courses for the Green River BAS program.  Work with your advisor to choose courses from the  Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences suggestions in the subgroups below. 


     Course Purposes: Humanities study aspects of human society and culture.  Fulfills the General Education requirements for transfer to BAS degrees. 

Action Item: Items 6-11 below

Note: Course(s) completed over FIVE years prior to graduation will not count towards an AAS. Outdated tech courses may need to be retaken to meet current technology and certification requirements. Please meet with your advisor to discuss any course retakes. 

6. Introductory CNE Requirements

7. CCNA Certification Requirements

Complete series of THREE courses for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) courses 

8. Windows Network Requirement

Complete all FOUR Windows Networking courses. 

9. Network Security Requirement

Complete all THREE Network Security courses 

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.

10. Related CNE Requirements

Complete all Network Programming and scripting courses 

11. Internship Requirement

  • Course purpose: You will gain relevant experience working in a local business environment. This requires 250 hours of supervised work including associated resume preparation, job interviews and internship documentation. 

Action Item: Complete Networking Certification Exam(s)

Please complete networking certification exams (ex. CISCO, A+, Security+, Network+), and prepare for internships and post-graduation job search. 

Action Item: Transfer Advising

Please meet with your advisor to discuss any transfer and/or bridge courses to 4-year bachelor’s and related degrees.

CIP Code: 11.1002

ctcLink Plan Code: CSTNEAPT

Total Credits: 103-118