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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 2017-18 and 2019-20. 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.

    2Whatcom County and WA State wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2021 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates and reflect 2018-21 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.

  • Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates overview page

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

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

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 100

  • Current Students: Learn how to use this page to register for classes

  • Basic Requirements

  • To be eligible for a BTC transfer to Western’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree, students must:
    • 1. Achieve a minimum grade of D (1.0) in program courses with the exception of IT 210 - Information Security which requires a B (3.0) or higher.
    • 2. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • General Education Core Courses

  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communication5 CR
  • OR
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 CR
  • OR
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 CR
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I (required)5 CR
  • MATH& 151Calculus I (required)5 CR
  • Choose 5 credits of Humanities, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences from approved WWU trasfer course list.
  • Academic Core

  • BIT 100Survey of Business and Information Technology2 CR
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 CR
  • CS 132Computer Science II C++5 CR
  • IT 101Using Network Computer Systems5 CR
  • IT 107Using Cloud Services3 CR
  • IT 112A+ Hardware5 CR
  • IT 120Command Line Interface & Scripting5 CR
  • IT 121Introduction to Programming5 CR
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems5 CR
  • IT 142Windows Desktop I5 CR
  • IT 160Network Technology I5 CR
  • IT 161Network Technology II5 CR
  • IT 210Information Security5 CR
  • IT 240Linux Server Administration5 CR
  • IT 242Windows Server I5 CR
  • IT 250Cloud & IOT Fundamentals5 CR
  • IT 270Field Based Experience5 CR
  • View past class requirements for this program.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the AAS-T degree, 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.
  • Meet requirements for articulation to Western Washington University Cybersecurity Program.

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

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, Network+ Certified Professional

    Certificate, A+ Certified Professional

    Certificate, Certified Netware Administrator

    BS, Community Health Ed, Western Washington University

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Certificate, Linux+ Certified

    Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

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

    BA, Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

    Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

    Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

    Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    MA, Biology, Miami University

  • Degrees and Credentials

    AAS, Computer Network Technology, Bellingham Technical College

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State


If you have questions about this program or want help with the admissions steps to Bellingham Technical College, please email

Current students wanting academic planning and support, can connect with the program Instructor(s) or email