2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Aug 12, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Handling, A.S.

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Department Chair Person - Kristi J. Smith

The Business and Information Technology Department offers an Associate of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Handling that emphasizes the skills required to function as a tier I staff member in a Security Operations Center, Computer Security Incident Response Team, or IT Security department or group. Should the student elect to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, s/he will have completed the cybersecurity portion of the Concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.

The following content labels and related descriptions delineate the areas of development expected as a result of completing the program:

  1. Knowledge Base in Information Technology - Students will demonstrate breadth and depth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how technical principles apply to information technology problems.
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate skills in interpreting behavior and as well as utilizing the scientific method to draw conclusions about technological phenomena, and solve problems.
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - Students will demonstrate familiarity with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in information technology, and explain values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings, and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns.
  4. Communication - Students will demonstrate the ability to form a cogent scientific argument, present information in a professional manner, engage in discussion of technological concepts, and express their own ideas with clarity, as well as produce original programming source code and / or other technical projects.
  5. Professional Development - Students will demonstrate the application of information technology-specific content and skills, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation to succeed in post degree employment, or continuing undergraduate education.

Core Course Requirements


Art/English/Music/Theatre/Social Science


History/Political Science

  • HIST or PLSC  3 Credits

Information Communication Technologies

Religious Studies

  • RLST  3 Credits

Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity  3 Credits

Total Credits in Core: 25 Credits

Total Credits in Major: 30 Credits

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 6 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 0 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 61 Credits

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