Information Technology: Cisco Networking

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology: Cisco Networking program focuses on the skills needed to prepare for industry-recognized certifications with an emphasis on certifications at the professional-level. Knowledge and skills are developed to install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Cisco routers and components, advanced routing protocols, Local Area Networks (LANs), and Wide Area Networks (WANs); troubleshoot problems with various common hardware and software configurations; perform administrative tasks in a network. Courses in the program also focus on the skills needed to prepare for various Cisco certifications including the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional Certifications (CCNP). A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
Students should select from the following courses in consultation with a Department Advisor.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
Permission of Program Director3
Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CNT140AAIntroduction to Networks4
CNT150AACisco - Routing and Switching Essentials4
CNT160AAScaling Networks4
CNT170AACisco - Connecting Networks4
Select any 200-level CNT courses to complete 16 credits:
CNT2++++ Any 200-level CNT Cisco Network Technology courses16
CIS126DLLinux Operating System3
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course3
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area.6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4)3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Describe the layers of the OSI Model. (CNT140AA)
  • Calculate IP subnets and subnet masks. (CNT140AA)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of network terminology and protocols, communication fundaments in Data networks and the Internet. Includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, using a top down approach, cabling and cabling tools, basic Cisco router, configuration, Ethernet technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and overview of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), basic configuring and testing of the network, and network standards. (CNT140AA)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, customize, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco routers utilizing Advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques, Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM), distance vectored and Link State dynamic routing protocols, Routing Internet Protocol version 1 (RIPv1) and version 2 (RIPv2), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Single-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), and understanding the structure and behavior of routing tables. (CNT150AA)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design and implement a converged switched network including switch configuration for basic functionality, implementing Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network and implementing a Wireless LAN (WLAN). (CNT160AA)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to connect, configure, and troubleshoot TCP/IP protocols including Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT), and Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP); and Wide Area Network (WAN) link topologies using Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Dial on Demand Routing (DDR), and Frame Relay. (CNT170AA)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design a security policy and then manage, configure and troubleshoot it using Cisco Networking security solutions including Access Control Lists (ACL), Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA), Virtual Private Network (VPN), and firewalls. (CNT2++)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to connect, configure and troubleshoot wireless networking topologies using standardized LAN connectivity (including 802.11a & 802.11b), and WLAN Security (including Extensible Authentication Protocol (802.1x, EAP), Light Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP), Wired Equivalent Privacy WEP, and Service Set Identifier (SSID). (CNT2++)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot Advanced Routing/Switching or Cisco Voice over IP (VoIP) or Advanced Security. (CNT2++)
  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills to use the Linux operating system including file and directory systems, file and directory permissions, text editors, file processing, and basic shell programming. (CIS126DL)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot day-to-day administrative tasks in a Microsoft Windows-based environment. (MST150++)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to set up hardware, software and complete basic troubleshooting of PC hardware and software. (BPC170)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.