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Linux System Administration

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Linux System Administration program is designed to help prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the workplace. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux operating system basics, system administration, network administration and network security. The courses in the program will help develop a student's knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. The program helps prepare students for the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and CompTIA Linux+ certification exams. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.


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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Linux System Administration (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2020

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students who pursue this Certificate of Completion (CCL) should have a basic level of computer literacy including navigating the internet and computer systems or take CIS105 as indicated in the required courses. Students with the requisite skills may have the CIS105 requirement waived by permission of the Program Director.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

This program replaces: CCL/5225 Linux Networking Administration

What You'll Learn
  • Automate system tasks utilizing Linux shell scripting. (CIS239DL, CIS275DL)
  • Demonstrate the ability to install Linux. (CIS126DL, CIS275DL)
  • Create, manage, and delete user accounts, groups and permissions. (CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS240DL, CIS240RH, CIS275DL)
  • Apply troubleshooting techniques to prevent and address system issues. (CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS239DL, CIS275DL)
  • Monitor system functions and security through the use of a variety of system tools and logs. (CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS240DL, CIS240RH, CIS275DL)
  • Install and maintain software packages. (CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS275DL)
  • Describe and navigate the Linux file system hierarchy. (CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS275DL)
  • Create partitions and file systems, and manipulate access to them. (CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS240DL, CIS240RH, CIS275DL)
  • Demonstrate configuration and troubleshooting of Linux networking, including network protocols, client and server systems. (CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS240DL, CIS275DL)
  • Configure and troubleshoot Linux security, including permissions, SELinux, access control lists (ACLs), digital certificates, and firewalls. (CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS240DL, CIS240RH, CIS275DL)
  • Configure automation services. (CIS240RH)
  • Create and maintain shell scripts. (CIS238RH, CIS240RH)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
Permission of program director (0)0-3
Students should select from one of the following two specializations (Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux):
Specialization: Linux
CIS126DLLinux Operating System3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration3
CIS239DLLinux Shell Scripting3
CIS240DLLinux Network Administration3
CIS275DLLinux Capstone3
Specialization: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CIS126RHRed Hat System Administration I3
CIS238RHRed Hat System Administration II3
CIS239DLLinux Shell Scripting3
CIS240RHRed Hat System Administration III3
CIS275DLLinux Capstone3

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