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Applied Science: Network Operations

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The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Network Operations prepares graduates for careers in Network Operations, Information Assurance, Network Security, Network and System Administration, Network Engineering and other IT related fields. The degree serves students who have earned an Applied Associates Degree, or those who have working experience in a related field.

The Network Operations curriculum consists of hands on labs and skills in modern networking architectures, advanced routing, cloud computing, network defense and wireless networking and security.

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Applied Science: Network Operations is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Chandler, Yuma County, Online

The Network Operations program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • AAS degree or employment background in Network Administration or IT field
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement

If you do not have an AAS in Networking or other IT experience, some of the following courses at Pima College, Cochise College, or Central Arizona College, or similar courses at other institutions, are advised to be completed before applying for admission:

  • Pima: CIS 119, 134, 170, 171, 172, 173
  • Cochise: CIS 150, 160, 232, 236
  • Central Arizona College: CIS 121, 130, 152, 153

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the major, Network Operations four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Network Administration report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

Courses combine hands-on activities in online lab environments with a strong academic educational experience. Courses in the major include:

NETV 370: Introduction to Network Design and Architecture

NETV 370 is an introduction to modern network design and architecture. Students will learn modern network design and network architecture concepts, security in modern networks, the cost of modern networks, software defined networks (SDN), network virtualization framework (NVF), quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience concepts (QoE), Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud infrastructures.

NETV 371: Network Security

Network Security covers current cybersecurity topics and issues, with solid theory concepts to support future critical thinking.

NETV 375: Advanced Routing and WAN Technologies: Theories and Applications

Routing and switching with a focus on Cisco systems. Simulation software and/or pods of gear available for students.

NETV 379: Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing covers the theory and application of cloud computing, including Cloud Computing network design and connectivity, server management, best-practices, security, and provider service level agreements.

NETV/CYBV 479: Wireless Networking & Security

This course provides an introduction to wireless networking, mobile device hardware and software architectures as well as the application of security fundamentals for mobile computing systems. Students will be able to describe user associations and routing in a cellular/mobile network, interaction of elements within the cellular/mobile core, and end-to-end delivery of a packet and/or signal and what happens with the hand-off at each step along the communications path. They will be able to explain differences in core architecture between different generations of cellular and mobile network technologies.

The knowledge of network security, network administration, telephony and switching technologies, routing and WAN, supervision, and budgeting and financial management gained from a major in network administration, provides graduates with a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in network administration, network security, and computer operational support. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas:

  • Consulting and advising
  • Network security and analysis
  • Network management and planning
  • Information technology support and maintenance
  • Data processing and maintenance
  • Internet transactions

Sample Employers:

  • Online business companies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Public, special, and academic libraries
  • Computer and internet service providers
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Corporations and government agencies


Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges:

Job Title

Salary Range


Computer Network Architect

$37,690 - $ 104,650

Computer and Information Systems Manager

$37,690 - $ 139,220

Computer Systems Analyst

$37,690 - $ 88,270

Computer Systems Engineer/Architect

$64,620 - $104,650

Help Desk Analyst

$37,690 - $84,580

Information Technician

$37,690- $70,930

Internet Consultant

$35,000 - $60,000

Internet Security Specialist

$50,430 - $88,170

Internet Service Provider Manager

$44,330 - $81,080

Network Administrator/Network Engineer

$37,690 - $84,580

Systems Database Administrator

$37,690 - $87,020

Web Security Manager

$67,990 - $84,580



Sources of Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Network Architects,

on the Internet at (visited June 12, 2018).

For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, contact Career Services:;

Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
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Minor Offered: No
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Chandler, Yuma County, Online

Sandra Moore

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