Cybersecurity - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Help Protect Against Cyber Crime

Today’s digital threats continue to evolve and become increasingly more complex. The cybersecurity profession is entwined with computer information technology and the businesses and industries that rely on computer technology for their daily operations. In our increasingly connected world, demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow as companies improve protection of data and digital assets.

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Career Opportunities

Demand for information security professionals is expected to continue to grow. Cyberattacks have escalated in frequency, and cybersecurity professionals are needed to develop innovative solutions to prevent bad actors from stealing critical information or compromising computer networks. Banks and financial institutions, hospitals and healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and other organizations, will all need to improve their information security capabilities in the face of growing cybersecurity threats.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average of occupations.

For more information on career opportunities in Cybersecurity, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The cybersecurity curriculum prepares graduates for employment with organizations that assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and determine the cybersecurity needs of an organization.
  • Identify and utilize cyber forensics tools.
  • Measure the performance of cybersecurity systems and troubleshoot within an enterprise-level information system.
  • Create and communicate organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies.

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CYBERSECURITY – ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.)
60 credit hours
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition 1

3

ITMT 1358 - Windows Client Operating System

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ITNW 1313 - Computer Virtualization

3

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation & Configuration

3

ITSE 1302 - Computer Programming

3

+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
+MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Methods

3

THIRD SEMESTER

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3

+SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

ITSY 1342 - Information Technology Security

3

ITSY 2300 - Operating System Security

3

ITSY 2301 - Firewalls & Network Security

3

ITSY 2345 - Network Defense & Countermeasures

3

+PSYC 2301 - General Psychology or
+SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

ITSY 2341 - Security Management Practices

3

ITSY 2342 - Incident Response & Handling

3

ITSY 2359 - Security Assessment & Auditing

3

*ITSY 2386 - Internship-Computer & Information Sys Security or *ITSC 2335 - Application Software Problem Solving

3

+PHIL 2306 - Introduction to Ethics

3
CYBERSECURITY (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

 

CYBERSECURITY – CERTIFICATE 2
45 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

ITMT 1358 - Windows Client Operating System

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ITNW 1313 - Computer Virtualization

3

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation & Configuration

3

ITSE 1302 - Computer Programming

3

THIRD SEMESTER

ITNW 1358 - Network+

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

ITSY 1342 - Information Technology Support

3

ITSY 2300 - Operating System Security

3

ITSY 2301 - Firewalls & Network Security

3

ITSY 2345 - Network Defense & Countermeasures

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

ITSY 2341 - Security Management Practices

3

ITSY 2342 - Incident Response & Handling

3

ITSY 2359 - Security Assessment & Audit

3

*ITSY 2386 - Internship - Computer & Information Systems Security or
*ITSC 2335 - Application Software Problem Solving

3
CYBERSECURITY CERTIFICATE 2 – CREDIT HOURS  45

 

CYBERTECH – CERTIFICATE 1
21 credit hours
FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

ITMT 1358 - Windows Client Operating Systems

3

ITNW 1325 - Fundamentals of Networking

3

ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ITNW 1313 - Computer Virtualization

3

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation & Configuration

3

ITSE 1302 - Computer Programming

3

THIRD SEMESTER

ITNW 1358 - Networking+

3
CYBERTECH CERTIFICATE 1 – CREDIT HOURS  21
+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
* Capstone Course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Yearly costs for the A.A.S. Degree program are approximately $4,200 for in-district students and $6,960 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. 

Additional fees for books and supplies may vary according the the degree/certificate plan.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

 

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

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