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Cybersecurity

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network, including various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical, legal, ethical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security technologies and structured languages. The Cybersecurity program also focuses on the skills needed for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry, and government. Certificates of Completion (CCLs) are also available in the following areas: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cyber Operations, Linux System Administration, Microsoft, Cisco Networking CCNA Security, Cyber Engineering, and Critical Infrastructure. Some of these programs are available at select colleges. Please check with your local college for program availability.

Details

Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Cybersecurity (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3197
Total credits required
62-77
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles.
  2. Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components.
  3. Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks.
  4. Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated.
  5. Describe the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms.
  6. Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment.
  7. Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks.
  8. Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems.
  9. Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace.
  10. Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment.
  11. Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world.
  12. Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance.
  13. Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses.
  14. Communicate professionally in formal and informal situations to diverse audiences.
  15. Collaborate with others to solve cybersecurity problems.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$151,490

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$85,200

* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS 3
or
or required for Networking emphasis and Critical Infrastructure specialization 3鈥4
or
or required for Microsoft specialization and the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
or
or 3
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
MAT Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area 3鈥6
or
or
or or Critical course Gateway course required for Cyber Operations specialization; AND required for Critical Infrastructure specialization 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Term is dependent on Specialization 3
or
or
or
or or or required for students intending to transfer to ASU West to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing (Cybersecurity) SB or SB or L or SB 3
or
or SG or SQ 4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0鈥3
Only required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 0鈥3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
SB 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0鈥3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS 3
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or required for Networking emphasis and and Critical Infrastructure specialization 3鈥4
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or required for Microsoft specialization and the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
or
or 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area 3鈥6
or
or
or or Critical course Gateway course required for Cyber Operations specialization; AND required for Critical Infrastructure specialization 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or required for the Infrastructure specialization 3
Only required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 0鈥3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
or
or
or
or or or required for students intending to transfer to ASU West to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing (Cybersecurity) SB or SB or L or SB 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
or
or SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3鈥4

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0鈥3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0鈥3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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