Cybersecurity – Associate in Applied Science

People involved with cybersecurity ensure that an organization’s computer networks, computer systems, and digital information stays safe from cyber attacks. Their responsibilities are continuously expanding as our society and economy relies more and more on our digital assets. This program provides the foundations of cybersecurity, an emphasis on the methods attackers use to infiltrate computer systems, and the means to mitigate or defeat these attacks. The courses in this program help prepare the student for a variety of industry and vendor certifications. For more information about specific certifications speak with the instructors.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 60
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

(FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 110 Introductory Biology 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 033* or higher

Students will investigate the nature of science and critically analyze scientific data. Basic biological concepts including cancer, biostatistics, organic molecules and nutrition, biotechnology, nutrient cycles, and evolution are presented in the context of current issues. This course includes a discussion component which involves reading, critically evaluating, and discussing scientific papers: thus strong college reading and writing skills are recommended. The course is designed for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component.

CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEL 109 Earth Science 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 033* or higher

This course serves as a foundation for the Earth sciences and Earth science majors. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Earth science case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to apply basic scientific principles through active learning and application. This course has a laboratory component.

NSC 131 Contemporary Science 4 ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

An interdisciplinary course that introduces the nature of science as a process. Particular topics from biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy covered with an emphasis on critical thinking and evaluating evidence to examine competing theories. This course is ideal as a first science course for students whose science background is minimal, who are anxious about science, or who have not had a science course for several years. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 131 Conceptual Physics 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Become familiar with basic concepts used in physics to describe and explain various physical phenomena. The course covers the following topics: kinematics (the description of motion); mechanics (the study of force, momentum and energy); the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; temperature and heat; waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; and optics. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of physics using a minimum of mathematics. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ECN 231 Macroeconomics 3 ENG 101* and MAT 135 (Preferred), MAT 133 or MAT 139 Accepted

This course covers macroeconomics and explains the operation of free markets, the role of government in the economy, measurement of the national product, inflation and unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth.

ECN 232 Microeconomics 3 ENG 101* and MAT 135 (Preferred), MAT 133 or MAT 139 Accepted

This course covers microeconomics: the market structure of firms operating in competition and monopoly, labor markets and unions, how income is distributed, current economic problems, international economics, and alternative economic systems.

PLS 141 American National Government 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

Develops a systematic framework for the interpretation of political activity in the United States. Numerous models explain the theoretical foundations of government and the decision-making process.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

SOC 231 Principles of Sociology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

The discipline and its contributions to understanding the fundamental processes of social interaction. Includes development of self, socialization process, groups and social structure. Application of sociological principles to our society by examination of relevant research.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology 3 ENG 085*

Cultural anthropology is a one semester introductory course. The course focuses on the thesis that every society is based on an integrated culture, which satisfies human needs and facilitates survival. The course also explores the ways in which our own culture fits into the broad range of human possibilities.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

PLS 262 International Relations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Survey contemporary world affairs and examine the nation-state system, the struggle for power, and factors creating harmony and hostility among states.

HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

CYBERSECURITY CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 101 Network Fundamentals/Network+ 4

This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It is the first of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The course materials will assist in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. It also helps prepare the student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CNS 106 Routing Protocols & Concepts 4 CNS 101

This course is the second of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the routing concepts introduced in CNS 101. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols.

CNS 121 Microsoft® Networking Client I 3

This course will help students gain the knowledge and skills required to configure Windows® Vista® for optimal performance on the desktop. This course focuses on installing the client software, migrating from previous versions of the Microsoft® Windows® client, and configuring systems settings, security features, network connectivity, communications and media applications, and mobile devices.

CNS 123 Microsoft® Networking Server I 3

This course covers installing Windows® Server 2008, configuring remote access, Network Access Protection (NAP), network authentication, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and Domain Name System (DNS) replication: capturing and deploying Microsoft® Window® Deployment Services images; creating virtual machines; and installing server core.

CNS 131 Linux Administration I 3

This course introduces Linux to experienced computer users and to those with a basic knowledge of computers. Students will install and configure a distribution of Linux. They will learn to use a command line shell and a GUI to manage the file system, create user and group accounts, and manage file permissions. This course will cover how to set up a Linux system on a TCP/IP network, bash shell concepts, printing and installing programs Linux.

CNS 141 Wireless Networking 3 CNS 101

This course introduces the basic concepts of wireless networking. Students will work with various types of equipment needed to set up and maintain local wireless networks of various sizes. Considerable emphasis will be placed on how to secure access to and the information that travels across wireless networks.

CNS 201 Network Security/Security+ 3 CNS 106

The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security. In this course, students will learn the skills necessary for Security+ certification.

CYBERSECURITY REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 210 Python Scripting for Security 3 CNS 101

This course covers an overview of Python, including how to create and run scripts, use threads, and handle exceptions. It will progress on how to networking, including using Python libraries for networking scripting and developing basic scripts with network functionality. HTTP programming and client, security scripting, Twisted Python, the Echo server, and forensic scripting are also covered. The course emphasizes debugging capability and security testing using Python.

CNS 233 Hacker Techniques and Incident Handling 3 CNS 131 and CNS 201

Introduces common computer and network hacking techniques. With a sound understanding of how hackers can compromise computers and computer networks you will learn how to identify when an incident has happened, how to respond in a comprehensive manner, and what steps to take to protect yourself in the future.

CNS 235 Packet Analysis and Network Forensics 3 CNS 231

Students utilize common packet sniffing tools, intrusion detection tools and packet analysis tools to determine if malicious activity is occurring on a network. They learn details about how network protocols can be abused by hackers. They find how network connection logging provides a valuable source of evidence.

CNS 245 Internship/Externship 3 Instructor permission required

The student will have meaningful work experience related to computer networking and security with an appropriate organization. The organization and position must be approved by supervising faculty member.