2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Systems Administration Certificate Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate 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 certificate 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 Computer Systems Administration Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate 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.  Please talk with an advisor for more information.

Action Item: Work with CIS/CNE Navigator

Use your Success Network! Before your first quarter, meet with your CIS/CNE Navigator or CIS/CNE advisor to review any transfer courses you may have, determine need for keyboarding, and to build your education plan showing the sequencing of courses in your degree plan.

Required Prerequisites

Take as advised.

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. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

3. Computer Operating Systems

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Good work!  You have just completed the first three courses of this map.  This quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps. 

4. Implementing Windows Client Operating System

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

5. CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks

6. Installing and Configuring Windows Server

  • Course purpose: This course prepares you to meet the requirements of the initial Microsoft Windows Server operating system certification. It is also the first in a sequence of three classes that prepares you to meet the requirements of the Microsoft MCSA certification.

7. Fundamentals of Network Security

8. UNIX Administration

Action Item: Complete Networking Certification Exam(s)

Please complete networking certification exams (ex. CISCO, A+, Security+, Network+), and begin job readiness preparation for internship and post-graduation job search.

Total Credits without Prerequisites 38

Note: Due to the rapid changes in the IT industry, the Special Topics courses CIS 155 and CNE 155 may be substituted as needed into the CIS or CNE degree programs, on the advice of the CIS/CNE faculty and program coordinator.

Program Code: 533C

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