From welding to philosophy, FRCC has a program for you.

Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

Select a campus to see what programs are offered there.  Click on a program name for required classes, contacts, starting salaries, and more.

Computer Networking, Cybersecurity & Cloud Computing 

The Computer Networking, Cybersecurity & Cloud Computing Program at FRCC provides students with current and applicable skills, knowledge, and resources necessary for professional success in computer networking and cybersecurity related positions within local large and small businesses.

Cybersecurity Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Cybersecurity

60-62 credits
(4 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree provides a comprehensive overview of network security, computer forensics, and communication security, including remote access, e-mail, the web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Students also learn cryptography basics and operational/organizational security as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Students completing this degree will be prepared for multiple industry certifications including the CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud+, and CompTIA Cloud Essentials.

Cybersecurity degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Networking & Virtualization Degree

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster

 

A.A.S. in Networking & Virtualization

60-62 credits 
(4 semesters)

This degree prepares students for positions in network administration and infrastructure, including installing, configuring and troubleshooting networking hardware such as wireless equipment, switches and routers. Students are introduced to the concepts of installing, configuring, and managing multiple operating systems, and will gain the knowledge and skills to configure, administer and secure data, users, and services using multiple servers. Students will be exposed to equipment from multiple networking vendors and will be prepared for multiple industry certifications such as the core Microsoft Certified Professional examinations or the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or the CISCO CCNA certifications.

Networking & Virtualization degree: See required courses and descriptions. 

Transfer Options

Regis University

FRCC students can transfer their A.A.S. CIS degree to Regis and choose to pursue a B.A.S. degree in computer information systems or a B.S. degree in computer information systems, computer networking, or computer sciences. Learn more.

Other Colorado Four-Year Schools

If you intend to transfer into a computer-related major at a four-year college or university, consult your FRCC faculty advisor.

Certificates

Cloud Computing & Virtualization

22-23 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level employment working with cloud and virtualization technologies that are being broadly adopted and implemented in organizations of all types and sizes.

Cloud Computing & Virtualization certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

See gainful employment information.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster campuses only.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

23 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program provides the fundamentals of network security, including general security, remote access, email, the web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Students will learn about common network attacks, computer forensics, cryptography, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

See gainful employment information.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster Campuses only.

Linux Server Administration

12 credits
(3 semesters)

This certificate introduces you to the concepts of installing, configuring, and managing the Linux operating system and provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure, administer and secure data, users, and services in a Linux server environment.

Linux Server Administration certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Boulder & Larimer Campuses only.

Windows Server Administration

25 credits
(3 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you for senior roles as network administrators and for the core Microsoft Certified Professional examinations leading to the MCSA and MCSE.

Windows Server Administration certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

See gainful employment information.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

Networking Basics

10 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate prepares you for entry-level network help-desk positions. Students are trained in the competencies found in multiple industry certification exams including CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Networking+, MTA Security Fundamentals and MTA Networking Fundamentals certification exams.

Networking Basics certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Boulder, Larimer & Westminster Campuses.

Network Infrastructure

22 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate prepares students for careers installing, configuring and troubleshooting networking hardware such as wireless equipment, switches and routers.  Students will be exposed to equipment from multiple networking vendors, and will be prepared to take the entry level CISCO Certifications.

Network Infrastructure certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

See gainful employment information.

Offered at Larimer & Westminster Campuses only.

Network Technician

17 credits
(2 semesters)


This certificate provides students the basic concepts and skills needed as a network technician in any network environment or on a Microsoft System.  Students will be prepared for industry certifications, such as the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA).

Network Technician certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

Offered at Boulder, Larimer & Westminster Campuses.

 

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundation skills in PC hardware, client operating system (OS), networking, security and scripting.
  2. Administer networked OS servers.
  3. Exhibit basic office application skills.
  4. Demonstrate business skills such as technical writing, documentation, communications, statistics, ethics, and business management.
  5. Compile a portfolio of work from technical courses.
  6. Prepare for industry certifications.
  7. Apply cybersecurity skills in areas such as firewalls, auditing, disaster recovery, forensics, penetration testing, and enterprise security.
  8. Demonstrate basic and advanced skills in virtualized and cloud environments.
  9. Utilize networking skills with switches, routers, firewalls, wireless and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).
  10. Demonstrate comprehension of enterprise level network administration and scalability.

Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Computer Network Support Specialist $46,910
$73,947
$87,466
Computer User Support Specialist
$38,851
$60,442
$71,237
Network and Computer Systems Administrator $56,988
$84,165
$97,754

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2018)

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