Program: Computer Security & Networking


Computer Security & Networking

If you are looking for a career where you can solve interesting puzzles, help keep America safe, and that has zero percent unemployment then Computer Security and Networking may be for you. Our students design, build, secure, and test networks and IT infrastructure to learn the hands-on skills employers want. Our students are also prepared for a variety of CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, and Linux certifications to start your career strong.


(Program Video: LBCC Career Technical Education, Computer Security & Networking)


Computer Security & Networking, Associate in Science (AS)
Computer Hardware Technician, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
Computer Security & Networking, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
Microsoft Windows Networking Technician, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
UNIX Network Administrator, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
Computer Networking Technician, Certificate of Accomplishment (C-ACC)

View all LBCC’s Programs of Study and Curriculum Guides.
(New students need to refer to the current academic year for the most up-to-date info) 

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer
Business Communications
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Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications

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Computer Hardware Fundamentals

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Networking Fundamentals

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COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals

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COSN 225
Microsoft Windows Client

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COSN 299
Security and Networking Capstone

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COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

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View Course Descriptions on LBCC College Catalog.


Professor Garrett Whelan talked in-depth about some of the educational opportunities available to LBCC’s students at Cybersecurity Guide’s Expert Interviews Podcast.

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This program prepares you for entry-level positions in information technology, cybersecurity, networking, and help desk.  Some example job titles may include: 

  • Help Desk Associate 
  • Desktop Support  
  • Network Administrator 
  • Windows Administrator 
  • Linux Administrator 
  • IT Analyst Level 1 
  • Cybersecurity Specialist 
  • Cybersecurity Auditor 
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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What Industry Certifications does this program prepare me for? 

Not all of our classes map directly to an industry certification but many classes do. A partial list would include: 

Course Code/Name Industry Certifications
COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

CompTIA Security+ 

Networking Fundamentals

CompTIA Network+ 

Computer Hardware Fundamentals

CompTIA A+ 

COSN 225
Microsoft Windows Client

MCSA Exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10

COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals
COSN 210
LINUX Server Administration
COSN 215
LINUX Networking and Security

Linux Professional Institute Level 1 

Check out more Industry Certifications offered by COS department.

What will I learn in this program? 

Students learn the skills they need to get entry-level jobs in the field, including:

  • Network configuration, security, and troubleshooting.
  • Configuring firewalls and anti-virus software.
  • Deploying and managing Windows environments using Active Directory.
  • Configuring, securing, and administrating Linux servers.
  • Network penetration and hardening.
  • Analyze software and hardware for security vulnerabilities and risks. 
  • Monitor for external intrusions, attacks, and hacks.

What can I do to protect my computer system? 

Please visit our Cyber Defense Center and discover great tips for Cyber Defense.

What classes should I take to get started? 

The full course sequence, available on this web page, recommends students start with the following courses: 

Course Code Course Name
COSA 50 Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications
COSN 10 Networking Fundamentals
COSN 5 Computer Hardware Fundamentals

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work-Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?


Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings?

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Read how to apply for graduation and receive your degree or certificate for more details.