The Associate of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to advance the student’s practical knowledge and skills in the cybersecurity industry, regardless of one’s background. Organizations of all sizes face constant cyberthreats and cyberattacks from both internal and external attackers. The cybersecurity associate degree provides a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity theory and know-how often required to implement effective cybersecurity defenses in public and private sectors. Students who complete this associate degree may wish to consider pursuing the University’s cybersecurity bachelor's degree for further knowledge and skill.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify common uses of cryptography in creating a secure infrastructure.
  • Implement various mitigation strategies to cyber threats and provide security solutions.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of local and wide area networks.
  • Explain legal and ethical issues related to technology implications.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required24
Final Program Requirement3
Elective Requirements3
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Survey of Photography
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop®
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
Jazz and Rock
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Race & Religion
Hope and Resilience
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ITCC231Introduction to Information Technology Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours27

Major Required (24 semester hours)

ENTD261Scripting Languages for the Administrator3
ISSC231Networking Concepts3
ISSC242Hardening Operating Systems3
ISSC262Red and Blue Team Security3
ISSC266Cryptography Concepts3
ITMG281Law, Privacy, and Digital Data3
ISSC221Intermediate Computer Systems3
Total Semester Hours24

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

ISSC298Cybersecurity Capstone Portfolio3
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select any courses comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.3
Total Semester Hours3