Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Ralf Fritze, 443-412-2441,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This degree program prepares students to enter the high-demand field of information technology security. With the increase of viruses and other security breaches, companies need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures. Students planning to transfer should select electives according to the requirements of the receiving institution.

Upon successful completion of this program of study students will be able to:
  1. Apply software patches to operating systems and applications
  2. Assess a computer system's security vulnerabilities using appropriate resources
  3. Use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches of computer systems
  4. Implement computer network security defenses
  5. Sit for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) certificate examinations if desired

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, computer security specialists plan, coordinate, and maintain an organizationís information security. These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more sophisticated. Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average, and job prospects should be excellent. Overall employment may increase by as much as 28% by 2026. Growth will also be driven by the increasing need for information security. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, demand will increase for workers with security skills.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences  (Term 1)3
ENG 101English Composition 3
ISS 105Intro to Cybersecurity 3
PHIL 221Business Ethics 3
CIS 135Introduction to Networks (Term 2)3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3
CIS 211MS Windows Server Operating System 3
ISS 111Cisco 1 4
ISS 112Cisco 2 4
Mathematics Elective 3
 Semester Total17
Third Semester   Credits
CIS 210Fundamentals of Network Security 3
ISS 213Cisco 3 4
ISS 214Cisco 4 4
ISS 220Strategic Infrastructure Security 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
ISS 221Network Defense & Countermeasures 3
ISS 222Computer Forensics 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total13