Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Computer Network Administration

Degree options
  • Associate Degree
    An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education  requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.

Michael Jameson (360) 596-5420
Bud Skinner (360) 596-5528 

Welcome to the South Puget Sound Community College Computer Networking Administration Homepage. Computer networking is a challenging, fast paced technical field. Technicians work with hardware and software to provide information services securely on networks ranging in scale from small offices to worldwide enterprise networks spanning large geographical areas. Network personnel require strong analytical skills, flexibility, and the ability to think abstractly. The field is constantly changing requiring network technicians to continually improve their skills.

The Computer Network Administration Program prepares students for positions in network technical support. Duties include hardware and software support, troubleshooting, customer service and training, user support, email support, and network security. Typical job titles include Network Administrator, Network Technician, Network Engineer and Support Technician. Average salary data can be obtained from and other employment websites.

What You'll Do Here
The Computer Network Administration program at SPSCC is designed to provide a broad introduction to the networking field. The courses begin with network theory, computer hardware and an introduction to operating systems. It progresses to server operating systems, the configuration and maintenance of network infrastructure services (such as DNS and DHCP) and enterprise directories (Active Directory). The program proceeds through to cover network security and the principles of routing. It also covers scripting operating system configuration using scripting languages. The program concludes with a capstone course that evaluates and cements concepts learned over the first five quarters. Numerous certification objectives are covered by the program including MCP, MCSA, MCSE, Network +, Security +, A+ and a portion of the CCNA. There are opportunities for further study in diverse topics such as advanced routing and wireless networking.