Computer Networking

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Computer Networking - AAS-T - Articulation to WWU Cybersecurity B.S.

Choose BTC’s Computer Network Technology program to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or Local Area Network (LAN) technician. Learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs.

Graduates will find employment opportunities with computer support firms or with small-sized to large-sized companies that use computer networks, such as financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, a range of corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin this program Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer quarters.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

ACCUPLACER Classic (valid for 5 years from testing date):
  • Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (starting January 23, 2019):
  • Reading score of 247 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Writing score of 245 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 230 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher

ENGL& 101 and MATH& 107 or higher are requirements for AAS-T graduation. To place into these classes, higher scores are needed (please see classes tab).

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 99

  • Quarter 1

  • IT 105Using Network Computer Systems3 CR
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems5 CR
  • IT 112A+ Hardware5 CR
  • General Education5 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • IT 106IT Support Skills3 CR
  • IT 120Command Line Interface & Scripting5 CR
  • IT 160Network Technology I5 CR
  • General Education5 CR
  • Quarter 3

  • IT 107Using Cloud Services3 CR
  • IT 161Network Technology II5 CR
  • IT 142Windows Desktop I5 CR
  • General Education5 CR
  • Quarter 4

  • IT 242Windows Server I5 CR
  • IT 240Linux Server Administration5 CR
  • General Education5 CR
  • Quarter 5

  • IT 210Information Security5 CR
  • IT 250Cloud & IOT Fundamentals5 CR
  • Specialty/Elective5 CR
  • Quarter 6

  • IT 270Field-Based Experience5 CR
  • Specialty/Elective5 CR
  • Specialty/Elective5 CR
  • General Education Core Courses

  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • OR
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • OR
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 CR
  • OR
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 CR
  • MATH& 107Math in Society5 CR
  • OR higher
  • Choose 5 credits of Humanities, Social Science or Natural Science from approved transfer course list.5 CR
  • Program Specialty

  • Cloud Computing:
  • IT 252Amazon Cloud5 CR
  • IT 253Microsoft Cloud5 CR
  • IT 254Web Applications5 CR
  • Network Management:
  • IT 241Windows Desktop II5 CR
  • IT 243Windows Server II5 CR
  • IT 260Network Technology III5 CR
  • Computer Programming:
  • IT 121Introduction to Programming5 CR
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 CR
  • CS 132Computer Science II C++5 CR
  • Health Information Technology:
  • HT 180Healthcare & Technology5 CR
  • HT 190Health Information Management Systems5 CR
  • HT 200Health Technology Professional5 CR
  • Generalist:
  • Students may select any three classes from the Cloud Computing, Network Management, Programming or Health Information Technology tracks to complete the Generalist track.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Install, configure, and administer an advanced application server.
  • Install, configure, and administer a Microsoft Windows Network.
  • Design, develop, implement, and document a complex project.
  • Design and implement a group project.
  • Demonstrate industry competency in fundamental networking concepts used by computer networking professionals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in a professional setting.

Employment Outlook

Start at Bellingham Technical College

Earn your Associate in Applied Science - Transfer in Computer Networking-Computer Programming from Bellingham Technical College to prepare you for mid-level positions.

Mid-level Positions:
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Other Computer/IT Occupations
  • Continue with Western

Continue with Western Washington University

Earn Western’s Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science degree. This two year program will prepare you to fill the urgent need for trained professionals in advanced computer information positions.

Advanced Positions
  • Information Systems Security Developer
  • Secure Software Assessor
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Manager


Cybersecurity Occupational Outcomes

The cybersecurity unemployment rate is zero percent, and it’s expected to remain there until 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Cybersecurity workers can command an average salary that is nearly 9% more than other IT workers, according to the Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs 2015 report published by Burning Glass Technologies.

84% of cybersecurity job postings specify that a bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement to apply per Burning Glass’ 2015 Cybersecurity Job report. This illustrates how critical education is to obtaining top-paying positions.

For more information and to start developing the right plan for you, please connect with an academic advisor.

Employment opportunities are available in medium to large businesses with computer networks, such as banks and other financial institutions, schools and universities, insurance companies, federal and state government, and other corporations. As smaller companies move to a client-server model, more opportunities for network specialists will soon become available. Potential positions include network technician, network specialist, network administrator, network security administrator, and LAN technician.

Faculty & Support

Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

  • Degrees and Credentials

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 2001

    CompTIA Network+ Certified - 2001

    CompTIA A+ Certified - 2001

    B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University - 2001

    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer - 2001

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Microsoft Certified Professional - 1997

    B.S., Community Health Ed, Western Washington University - 1997

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 1997

    Network+ Certified Professional - 1997

    Linux+ Certified - 1997

    Certified Netware Administrator - 1997

    A+ Certified Professional - 1997