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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, Power Systems, and Cyber Engineering.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Only required courses and restricted electives taken within eight (8) years of completion of the program may be applied towards this degree. Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor.

This program replaces: AAS/3097 Information Technology: Network and Cyber Security

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC270A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support (3) OR
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course (3)3
(MST150++required for Microsoft emphasis)
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS111Ethics in Information Technology (3) OR
ITS120Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (3)3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System (3) OR
CIS126RHRed Hat System Administration I (3)3
CIS156Python Programming: Level I3
CIS190Introduction to Local Area Networks (3) OR
CNT140ABCCNA-1 Introduction to Networks (4)3-4
(CNT140ABrequired for Networking emphasis and Power Systems emphasis)
CIS250Management of Information Systems (3) AND
CIS271DBInformation Security Essentials (3) AND
CIS272DBInformation Security Principles (3) OR
CIS270Essentials of Network and Information Security (3) OR
ITS110Information Security Fundamentals (3)3-9
(ITS110required for Cyber Operations emphasis; CIS271DB and CIS272DB required for Power Systems emphasis)
ITS240Ethical Hacking and Network Defense3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must complete 15-18 credits from the following list of courses. Courses that are required for an emphasis in Cyber Operations, Cyber Engineering, Linux System Administration, Microsoft System Administration, Cisco Networking CCNA Security, and/or Power Systems are noted. Courses cannot be repeated for credit.
Specialization I: Cyber Operations
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration (3) OR
CIS238RHRed Hat System Administration II (3)3
CIS290ACComputer Information Systems Internship (3) OR
CIS298ACSpecial Projects (3)3
ITS291Computer Forensics Foundations4
ITS292Advanced Computer Forensics4
Specialization II: Linux System Administration
CIS238DLLinux System Administration (3) OR
CIS238RHRed Hat System Administration II (3)3
CIS239DLLinux Shell Scripting3
CIS240DLLinux Network Administration3
CIS271DLLinux Security3
CIS275DLLinux Capstone3
Specialization III: Microsoft System Administration
CIS121AHMicrosoft PowerShell/Command Line Operations3
MST155DCInstallation, Storage, & Compute With Windows Server4
MST157DCNetworking With Windows Server4
MST158DCInstalling and Configuring Windows Server4
Specialization IV: Cisco Network Administration and Security
CNT140ABCCNA-1 Introduction to Networks v7.0 (ITN)4
CNT150ABCCNA-2 Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials v7.0 (SRWE)4
CNT160ABCCNA-3 Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation v7.0 (ENSA)4
CNT202Cisco Secure Firewall Appliance Configuration (4) OR
CNT205Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (4)4
Specialization V: Power Systems
CIS274DAIntroduction to Power Systems Security3
CIS275DAGeneration and Transmission Systems Security3
CIS275DBSmart Grid and Distribution System Security3
CIS275DCEmbedded Systems Security3
CPD104Career and Personal Development3
PPT120Energy Industry Fundamentals3
Specialization VI: Cyber Engineering
CIS119DOIntroduction to Oracle: SQL (3) OR
CIS276++Any SQL Database course (3)3
CIS162++Any C Programming: Level I course3
(Students intending to transfer to U of A South should take CIS162 C Programming)
CIS227Assembler Language3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration (3) OR
CIS238RHRed Hat System Administration II (3)3
CIS250Management of Information Systems3
CIS262++Any C Programming: Level II course3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
COM100required for students intending to transfer to ASU West to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing (Cybersecurity).
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area.3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course(s) in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course(s) in the Social-Beavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course(s) from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles. (BPC170, BPC270, CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS156, CIS162++, CIS227, CIS238++, CIS239DL, CIS240DL, CIS250, CIS262++, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS271DL, CIS272DB, CIS274DA, CIS275++, ITS110, ITS291, ITS292, MST150++, PPT120, [FYC])
  • Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components. (CIS156, CIS190, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT140AB, CNT150AB, ITS110, ITS240, ITS291, ITS292, (COM), (CRE))
  • Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks. (CIS156, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, CNT150AB, CNT160AB, CNT202, CNT205, ITS110, ITS240, [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated. (CIS121AH, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT202, CNT205, ITS110, MST155DB, MST155DC, MST157DB, MST157DC, MST158DB, MST158DC)
  • Understand the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms. (CIS197, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT160AB, ITS110, MST155DB, MST155DC, MST157DB, MST157DC, MST158DB, MST158DC)
  • Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment. (CIS119DO, CIS156, CIS162++, CIS190, CIS197, CIS227, CIS262++. CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS276++, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, CNT140AB, CNT150AB, CNT160AB, CNT202, CNT205, ITS110, ITS240, ITS291, ITS292, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks. (BPC170, CIS105, CIS119DO, CIS190, CIS197, CIS238++, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS276++, CNT140AB, CNT150AB, CNT160AB, CNT202, CNT205, ITS110, (COM))
  • Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems. (BPC270, CIS105, CIS121AH, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS197, CIS238++, CIS239DL, CIS240DL, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS271DL, CIS272DB, CIS275DL, ITS110, ITS240, MST150++, MST155DB, MST155DC, MST157DB, MST157DC, MST158DB, MST158DC)
  • Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace. (CIS111, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240)
  • Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment. (CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS110, ITS240, (COM), (CRE), (COM) [FYC])
  • Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world. (CIS105, CIS111, CIS156, ITS120, CPD104, (CRE)CRE101, [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance. (CIS111, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS120, ITS240, (CRE), [FYC])
  • Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses. (CIS111, CIS121AH, CIS238++, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, CNT150AB, CNT160AB, CNT202, CNT205, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240, ITS291, ITS292, MST155DB, MST155DC, MST157DB, MST157DC, MST158DB, MST158DC, [MA])
  • Communicate professionally in formal and informal situations to diverse audiences. (BPC270, CIS105, CIS111, CIS156, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS271DL, CIS272DB, CIS275DL, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, CPD104, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Collaborate with others to solve cybersecurity problems. (CIS105, CIS111, CIS270, CIS271DB, CIS271DL, CIS272DB, CIS274DA, CIS275++, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, CPD104, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240, ITS291, ITS292, (COM), [SG], [SQ])

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