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Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree

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The Network and Computer System Administrator Associate of Applied Science degree program combines the best of two worlds, Cisco Networking Academy and Microsoft IT Academy. This program
provides students with the skills needed for collaboration, problem-solving, and provides hands-on activities to give students a practical understanding of the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s IT job market. Upon completion, students have the practical knowledge they need to enter the workforce and be successful in a number of global industries. 

The Network and Computer System Administrator Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in the degree plan. Certificates are available which provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

Cisco and Microsoft Course Blocks

Students must complete courses from the Cisco Course Block (12 credit hours) to be taken in either the 1st year or 2nd year, AND courses from the Microsoft Course Block (12 credit hours) to be taken in the opposite year from the Cisco Course Block.

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Please e-mail Lisa Hall at Lisa.M.Hall@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1773 for more information.

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Please e-mail Terry Bryant at Terrance.H.Bryant@LoneStar.edu or call 281.618.5623 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Network & Computer System Administrator Basic Certificate Level I and Network & Computer Administrator Advanced Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 3
ITSC 1372 IT Foundations 3
ITSC 1371 IT Essentials 3
ITCC 1314 CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
ITNW 1313 Computer Virtualization 3
ITCC 1340 CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials 3
ITCC 2312 CCNA 3: Scaling Networks 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, & Culture1 3
ITCC 2313 CCNA 4: Connecting Networks 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ITSC 1316 Linux Installation and Configuration 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Elective Math Elective2 3
ITMT 1378 Windows Configuration 3
ITMT 2371 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software3 3
ITMT 2372 Administering Windows Server 3
ITMT 2373 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 3
Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $82,5951

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Computer Network Technician2

  • Network Analyst2

  • Information Technology (IT) Manager2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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