Network and Cyber Fundamentals

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Network and Cyber Fundamentals program is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to design and secure a network including the security of various systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems, elements of a data network, networking components, and use of a network. This program helps prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ and Network+ certification exams. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.


Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Network and Cyber Fundamentals (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Admissions criteria



Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Update hardware and software as needed to maintain fully functional systems.
  2. Apply knowledge of operating systems to manage system hardware, security protocols, and software technologies.
  3. Maintain systems to meet desired specifications.
  4. Create proper documentation of design, implementation, validation, workflow processes, troubleshooting, and revisions of systems.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills and problem solving to configure and troubleshoot systems to ensure proper operation.
  6. Administer a UNIX/Linux operating system.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer and Information Systems Managers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS126DL or
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3
CNT140AB Introduction to Networks 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS270 Essentials of Network and Information Security 3
MST150++ Any Microsoft Technology course 3
CIS+++ or
BPC+++ or
Any CIS Computer Information Systems course(s) or Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course(s) or Any CNT Cisco Network Technology course(s) Select six (6) Restricted Elective credits from the following (other than courses used to fulfill Required Courses area) 6
Course Area Key

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.