All areas of the private and public sectors are in need of Network Systems Administrators. This two-year degree prepares the student to enter the workforce as a Network Systems Administrator or continue on to a four-year degree. Graduates will learn how to install and manage various server platforms and provide customer service for a variety of users and environments. Graduates will also learn many modern database, Internet, operating system, and server technologies.
NOTE: The student must either have A+ Certification or set up a plan with their adviser to obtain it before graduation. No degree will be awarded until the student has A+ certification.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(16 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CST 1072 Windows Workstation Support
CST 1611 Web Server Administration
CST 1700 CCNA R & S Introduction to Networks
CST 1701 CCNA R & S Routing and Switching Essentials
CST 1802 Helpdesk Diagnostics
CST 1861 Command Line and Registry
CST 2274 Windows Server Install and Configure
CST 2276 Windows Server Advanced Services
CST 2284 Network Security
CST 2608 Linux Server Administration
CST 2702 CCNA R & S Scaling Networks
CST 2703 CCNA R & S Connecting Networks
CST 2802 Helpdesk Management
CST 2823 Network Intrusion
CST 2840 Wireless LAN Networking
CST 2845 VoIP Networking
Total Credits: 38  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 41 while the section is listed as having 38 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 7 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
CST 1021 HTML and CSS
CST 1261 Applications Support
CST 1510 System Diagnostics
CST 1511 Storage Media Diagnostics
CST 1600 Relational Database Design
CST 1602 Advanced Databases
CST 1794 Introduction to Programming
CST 1802 Helpdesk Diagnostics
CST 2505 Introduction to Linux
CST 2622 NetWare Server Administration
CST 2802 Helpdesk Management
CST 2881 CST Internship 1-7*
CST 2895 Customer Service
CST 2950 Special Topics 1-4*
Total Credits: 7  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 6 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 6  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
ECON 190 Personal Finance
PHIL 110 Logic and Critical Thinking
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 12  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 63  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.