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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Cybersecurity, AAS

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Degree Code: CYAS

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Cyber Security program prepares students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in computer cyber security. Cyber security specialists apply computer security techniques to work with industry, government, and academia to solve computer networking and security related challenges. Students with bachelor’s degrees in computer cyber security continue their education in graduate school or enter the workforce as a network, forensic, or computer security expert.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in cybersecurity may include cyber operations, intelligence analyst, information security, computer investigation, computer forensics, and security analyst.

Required Courses

General Education Requirement Electives - Select 14 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ARTS/HUM - Arts and Humanities Elective (H) - 3 Credits 1
  • MAT - Math Elective (M) - 4 credits
  • BIO - Biology Science Elective with Lab (SL) - 4 Credits or
  • PHY - Physics Science Elective with Lab (SL) - 4 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective (SS) - 3 Credits 2

Program Requirement Electives - Select 9 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • CSC - Computer Science Electives - 9 Credits

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (16 Credits)

Spring I (16 Credits)

Fall II (15 Credits)

Spring II (13 Credits)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a programming language.
  • Configure and secure Windows and Unix/Linux server and clients, routers, firewalls, email, networks, and other network security appliances and software.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of networking standards, protocols, and the OSI model.
  • Identify and describe security measures for different types of network attacks, operating systems, software, databases, websites, social engineering and physical security.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer forensics, data acquisition, analysis, tools, and crime scene investigation and documentation requirements for corporate or legal testimony.
  • Explain the function of cryptography and encryption to secure data, public key infrastructure, hashing, and digital signatures along with other data protection techniques.
  • Create an effective security policy and disaster recovery plan, addressing business requirements related to confidentiality, integrity and availability.


1 Selection may not include EGL designation.

2 Social Science Elective must be a course designation other than PSY.

3 Certification option courses.