2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

CISCO Cybersecurity Certificate 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 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 CISCO Cybersecurity Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you! 


Action Item: Work with STEM faculty or Navigator 

Use your Success Network! Before your first quarter, meet with your CIS/CNE Navigator or CIS/CNE advisor to build your Degree Planner in Starfish showing the sequencing of courses in your degree plan. 

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Total Credits: 33

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 Networks

Action Item: Meet with CNE Faculty Advisor

Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.  

This certification is stackable and counts towards the AAS degree in Network Engineering & Cybersecurity.

3. Fundamentals of Network Security

4. Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials

5. Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

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

Note: You may also register for courses in the Microsoft On-Premises and Cloud Systems Administrator certification. 

6. CCCA Cybersecurity Operations

  • Course purpose: This course introduces core security concepts and emphasizes the practical application of skills needed to monitor, detect, analyze and respond to cybercrime, cyberespionage, insider threats, advanced persistent threats, regulatory requirements, and other cybersecurity issues facing organizations.  

7. CISCO CCNA Security

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: 33

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