Information Technology - Cybersecurity

Program Information

Degree Type: AAS
Program Code: ITCS
Hegis Code: 5199.00
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The Cybersecurity program prepares students who upon graduating wish to enter the workforce in an information security and assurance capacity with potential transfer opportunities to traditional and online bachelor's programs. Students will learn theoretical and hands on knowledge identifying IT vulnerabilitites & threats, develop security plans, and apply appropriate counter defense methods to harden systems and mitigate threats against the network, data and services. Courses in criminal law and evidence handling are incorporated. A student with a criminal record may negatively impact consideration for employment opportunities in security as background checks may be performed.  Recommended High School Preparation: if available:  computer hardware class, basic networking/LAN class.

Built into this program is online curriculum leveraged from the Cisco Networking Academy (on-campus) to assist the student in preparing to achieve the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security; and harnessing content from CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker.  Industry certifications are achieved upon passing the exams at off-campus testing centers.


Cr. Course Title Course Code
1-2 Freshman Experience HRD100 HRD100A or HRD110

Introduction to College Writing


SUNY GEN ED Basic Communication

ENG102, ENG103, ENG104, ENG105, ENG106, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 or ENG110  (ENG 110 Elements of Technical Writing recommended)
3 SUNY GEN ED Mathematics MAT127  Introductory Statistics with Probability recommended
4 SUNY GEN ED Natural Science lab Science  
3 SUNY GEN ED Social Science  

SUNY GEN ED Humanites, The Arts, Other World Civilizations or Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts and Sciences

PHI202 Ethics or PHI207 Business Ethics recommended
3 Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ101
3 Criminal Evidence CRJ212  (Prereq Required)
1 Information Assurance CIS130
3 Introduction to Networking CIS131
4 Networking Fundamentals (CCNA 1) CIS133 (Fall only - Pre/Corequisite Required)
4 LAN/WAN Technologies (CCNA 2) CIS134 (Spring only - Prereq Required)
3 Network Security I CIS135 (Prereq and Coreq Required)
3 IT Security Essentials CIS136 (Fall only - Prereq Required)
3 Server Administration CIS232 (Prereq Required)

CIS Elective - Choose one from:

Introduction to Internet Development, Introduction to Programming in a Windows Environment or Introduction to Programming

CIS122 or CIS140 or CIS143
4 Network Security II (CCNA CyberOps)

CIS235 (Fall only - Prereq Required)

3 Ethical Hacking and Defense CIS245 (Spring only - Prereq Required)

IT Networking/Cybersecurity Internship or Advanced Networking Technologies

CIS278 or CIS246


4 Electives  
64 Minimum credits required for graduation  


Recommended First Year
First Semester
1-2 HRD 100, HRD 100A or HRD 110
3 ENG 101
1 CIS 130
3 CIS 131
4 CIS 133
3 CRJ 101
Second Semester
3 ENG 102
3 SUNY GEN ED Mathematics
4 CIS 134
3 CIS 135
3 CIS 232
Recommended Second Year
Third Semester
3 SUNY GEN ED Social Science
3 CIS 136
3 CIS Elective - CIS 122, CIS 140 or CIS 143
4 CIS 235
3 CRJ 212
Fourth Semester
4 SUNY GEN ED Natural Science lab science
3 SUNY GEN ED Humanties, The Arts, Other World Civilizations or Foreign Languages Liberal Arts and Sciences
3 CIS 245
3 CIS 278 or CIS 246
4 Electives


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