Jun 12, 2021  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | COMP.SECUR.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 11.1003
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Program Description

The Cybersecurity Program provides the skills for students to become highly skilled computer systems security professionals and to train individuals for entry-level positions as data security analyst, systems security administrators, and network security administrators. In this program, students will master the latest security technologies and will examine the issues of information security awareness, network security hardware, systems and network security planning and defense, network security organization, and the legal and ethical issues associated with cybersecurity. Students also will complete a capstone project and will design information security systems and implement a security strategy for a network. Students completing this degree program will be able to use the curriculum fundamentals learned to prepare for the A+, CCNA, Network+, Security+, and SCNP industry certification exams. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity, Information Security, or related programs at area four-year institutions should work closely with the IET Department chair and Advising in order to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

Graduates of the Cybersecurity A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Plan and implement network router and switch configurations
  • Monitor the security infrastructure to analyze network problems and traffic flow
  • Identify and remove network security vulnerabilities and threats
  • Monitor and enforce an organizational security policy including contingency plans
  • Install, configure, and manage Windows network operating systems
  • Install, configure, and monitor a firewall

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Cybersecurity A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits

If two four-credit program electives are selected, two credits of elective courses will not be needed.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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