2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Network Engineering (AAS) 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 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!

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.

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. Computer Information Systems

3. Computer Operating Systems

Action Item: Meet with CIS/CNE Navigator or CNE 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. 

4. Math in Society

  • Course purpose: By taking mathematics, you will learn the logic needed for computer scripting.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options. 

5. Implementing Windows Client Operating System

6. CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks

7. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic written communication with others is a central feature of this career field.


  • 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.

8. CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials

9. Installing and Configuring Windows

  • 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.

10. Technical Writing

11. Administering Windows Server

  • Course purpose: This class prepare you to meet the requirements of a second Microsoft Windows Server operating system certification. It is also the second in a sequence of three classes that will prepare you to meet the requirements of the Microsoft MCSA certification.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

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12. Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services

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

13. Human Relations in the Workplace

  • Course purpose: You will learn how the needs of business or other formal organizations interact with individual needs, leadership styles, formal organizational policies and procedures, and general cultural patterns to determine how employees act in work situations.

14. CCNA 3: Scaling Networks

15. Fundamentals of Network Security

16. 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.

17. CCNA 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.

18. Introduction to Computer Programming

19. Communications Course Recommendation

Choose one

20. Supervised Internship

21. UNIX Administration

22. Introduction to PowerShell

Total Credits 103-113

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.

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