BAS - Bachelor of Applied Science – Computer Network Engineering

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Engineering will prepare graduates to work as computer network architects, engineers, and managers in designing and implementing computer and information networks; performing network modeling, analysis and planning; and implementing advanced cloud and virtualization technologies at the enterprise level.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Complete the Online Application.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

Enrollment Update

RTC's BAS in Computer Network Engineering program is currently reviewing applications for the Fall 2024 cohort, traditionally, our biggest enrollment class. Winter entry will depend on the number of students on the waitlist for Fall and the number of students who express interest in starting in Winter. If you're interested in starting in Fall or Winter, apply early!

We are always happy to answer questions about our BAS programs! If you have a question, please contact our Program Manager at

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter

Bachelor of Applied Science
6 Quarters
90 Credits

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Zachary Rubin, Staff

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission into the BAS program is selective. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission nor do they prepare students for the entirety of the program. Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to full-time students.

  1. Applicants who have a general AA degree or a non-technology AA/AAS degree will be required to attend an informal interview with program faculty prior to admission into the program. Please apply to the program, and we will follow up with you to schedule that conversation. Based on your IT background and experience, you may need to complete 2 quarters of a Bridge program in Cloud Networking to prepare for the Computer Network Engineering program: 
    • Cloud Networking Bridge to Computer Network Engineering BAS
      • Quarter 1:
        • CNT 150 Routing and Switching II
        • CNT 156 Bits and Bytes of Cloud Computing
      • Quarter 2:
        • CNT 256 Cloud Solutions Architecture
        • CNT 259 Secure Enterprise Networks
  2. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA across all college coursework.
  3. Completion of at least 20 credits of college-level General Education coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA in English Composition (ENGL&101) or equivalent.
  4. Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 095) or AMATH 190 or equivalent.
  5. Personal statement – Applicants are required to write a 500-word maximum personal statement that describes how the BAS program will advance their professional goals. Example topics include previous career experience, unique attributes that the applicant will bring to the program, hardships the applicant has overcome in pursuing his/her educational or work goals, and other special considerations that the applicant believes will make them a good candidate for the program. The essay should be typewritten and in a legible font size.

Admission Recommendations and Notes

  • Students who have completed the minimum 20 credits of general education will have 40 more credits to finish during the BAS program.
    • This may mean summer classes or heavier class loads during a regular quarter.
  • Students are expected to regularly work in teams and communicate with each other on projects.
  • The BAS in Computer Network Architecture is a hybrid program.
    • Students meet with the instructor once or twice per week in person, while the rest of the coursework is completed online.
    • In a hybrid program, students are expected to be self-directed, independent learners.

Learn More

Want to learn more about the BAS program? Have a question about the application process?

Contact our Program Manager:
Phone: 425-235-6733

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Join a Virtual Information Session

These sessions will provide information about our Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS) programs in Application Development and Computer Network Engineering. Each session will include a brief presentation about the programs and a dedicated time for questions and answers. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the session. All prospective students are welcome to attend.

Do you have a question about the information sessions or the BAS programs? Please contact the Program Manager.

Session dates/times:

  • May 16, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
  • June 13, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
  • July 11, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
  • August 15, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Register here.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
CNE 310 IT Project Management 4
CNE 310L IT Project Management Lab 1
CNE 330 Network Programming in Python I 5
CNE 335 Network Programming in Python II 5
CNE 340 Network Databases and Structured Query Language (SQL) 5
CNE 350 Unix and the Internet of Things 5
CNE 370 Introduction to Virtualization 5
CNE 410 IT Project Design 5
CNE 430 Cloud Architecture 5
CNE 450 Advanced Virtualization 5
CNE 470 Virtual Infrastructure Security 5
CNE 480 Troubleshooting Physical and Virtual Network Infrastructures 5
CNE 490 Network Architecture Capstone Project or  
CNE 491 Cooperative Education/Internship 5
CNE 499 Independent Study 1-5
  Six approved general education options 30
  Total 90

General Education Course Requirements:

For a bachelor’s degree in the state of Washington, a total of 60 general education credits are required across 5 distribution areas: 10 credits in communication, 5 credits in quantitative / symbolic reasoning, 10 credits in humanities, 10 credits in social sciences, and 10 credits in natural sciences. The remaining 15 general education credits can come from any distribution area. The courses that each student takes depends on the distribution area(s) of classes taken at the associate’s level or transferred to RTC. For example, students who enter the BAS program with the minimum of 20 credits of college-level general education will need to take 40 more credits (8 classes).

Communication (10 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH 136 Inferential Statistics 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5

Humanities (10 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
ENGL& 111 Introduction to Literature 5
ENGL& 254 World Literature 5
HIST 110 Survey of American History 5
HIST& 126 World Civilization 5
HIST& 136 U.S. History I 5
HIST& 137 U.S. History II 5
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
PHIL 481 Ethical Issues in Information Technology (recommended) 5
PHIL& 101 Introduction to Philosophy 5
SPAN& 121 Spanish I 5

Social Sciences (10 credits)    

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture 5
ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
POLS 150 Contemporary World Issues 5
POLS& 202 American Government 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 105 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 5
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 5
CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry 5
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition (not a lab science) 5
PHYS& 114 General Physics I 5

Other General Education

The remaining 15 general education credits can come from any distribution area.

Program Outcomes

  • Utilize computer network engineering and architecting best practices, network testing principles, and quality assurance techniques.
  • Monitor, log, troubleshoot, and correct network issues.
  • Plan and implement end-to-end physical and virtual network infrastructures.
  • Remotely administrate systems and network infrastructure.
  • Use scripting and programming languages to automate configuration and management.
  • Evaluate new networking technologies to support a business or organization.
  • Work effectively on diverse teams.
  • Manage a network infrastructure project including business requirements, technical specifications, resources, and documentation.
  • Communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences in written and oral form.
  • Document network infrastructure project work with clear and appropriate language.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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