Cybersecurity

 

Earn a degree, plus get help preparing for industry certification exams that will help you land a job.

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As the number of computers being used to store sensitive information for personal, business, and government purposes increases, the need for securing computers and other systems that store this information becomes more obvious. Information security professionals are needed to provide security for these infrastructures. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) program in Cybersecurity is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity, network/systems administration, and system programmers. This program will also consist of courses that help to prepare students for these industry certification exams:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

Careers

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Database Administrator – est. salary $94,980*
Security Management Specialist – est. salary $74,338*
Netowrk and Computer Systems Administrator – est. salary $78,879*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.



Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Cybersecurity degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits   Major Course
CIS 150 - Network Technology 4 credits CIS 150 is a prerequisite for CIS 152
Critical course as it is a prerequisite for CIS 252, and 259
Major Course
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3 credits ENGL 101 is prerequisite for ENGL 102 and 117, and SOC 115 ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or above 3 credits FNMT 118 is prerequisite for ASET 130 Mathematics
Choose Any Course 3 credits   General Elective

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate's degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CIS 152 - Introduction to Cybersecurity 3 credits CIS 150 is prerequisite.
CIS 152 is the prerequisite for CIS 274
Major Course
CIS 155 - Principles of Operating Systems 3 credits CIS 155 is the prerequisite for CIS 204 & 261 Major Course
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 115 - Women and Men in American Society or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
3 credits For SOC 115: ENGL 101 is prerequisite Social Science Elective Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, American/Global Diversity
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits For ENGL 102: ENGL 101 is a prerequisite ENGL 102 Info Literacy
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication
3 credits For ENGL 115 and ENGL 117, ENGL 101 is prerequisite, which may be taken concurrently Humanities Elective

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CIS 114 - JavaScript I 4 credits   Major Course
CIS 204 - Fundamentals of Linux and Unix 3 credits CIS 105 or CIS 155 is prerequisite. Major Course
CIS 252 - Windows Server Configuration 4 credits CIS 150 is prerequisite. Major Course
CIS 259 - Computing and Network Security 4 credits CIS 150 (“C” or better) is prerequisite.
CIS 259 is prerequisite for CIS 274.
Major Course

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
MATH 121 - Computer Mathematics and Logic 3 credits    Major Course
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics (preferred) or
ASET 130 - Quality Control/Quality Assurance
4 credits   Natural Science Elective
CIS 261 - Cyber Investigation 4 credits CIS 155 is the prerequisite For CIS 274: CIS 152 and CIS 259 are prerequisites Major Course
CIS 274 - Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing 4 credits CIS 152 and CIS 259 are prerequisites Major Course

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don't forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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