Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS190 or
CNT140AB
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks CNT140AB required for Networking emphasis and Critical Infrastructure specialization 3–4
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows course MST150++ required for Microsoft specialization and the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues CIS111 required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
MAT Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area 3–6
ITS110 or
CIS270 or
CIS271DB
Information Security Fundamentals or Essentials of Network and Information Security or Information Security Essentials Critical course Gateway course ITS110 required for Cyber Operations specialization; CIS271DB AND CIS272DB required for Critical Infrastructure specialization 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense Term is dependent on Specialization 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 required for students intending to transfer to ASU West to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing (Cybersecurity) SB or L 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0–3
CIS272DB Information Security Principles Only required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS190 or
CNT140AB
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks CNT140AB required for Networking emphasis and and Critical Infrastructure specialization 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows course MST150++ required for Microsoft specialization and the Critical Infrastructure specialization 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area 3–6
ITS110 or
CIS270 or
CIS271DB
Information Security Fundamentals or Essentials of Network and Information Security or Information Security Essentials Critical course Gateway course ITS110 required for Cyber Operations specialization; CIS271DB AND CIS272DB required for Critical Infrastructure specialization 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues CIS111 required for the Infrastructure specialization 3
CIS272DB Information Security Principles Only required for the Critical Infrastructure specialization 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 required for students intending to transfer to ASU West to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing (Cybersecurity) SB or L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 3–4

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0–3
Specialization Specialization Coursework 0–3

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.