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Computer Systems Security (APCSS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is being discontinued. Students currently enrolled need to complete it by the end of the Spring/Summer 2016 semester.

If you have questions about this program please contact a program advisor or contact a general student advisor.


In this program, students will learn about the latest security technologies and will examine the issues of IT security awareness, data confidentiality, systems and network security planning, network security organization, and the legal and ethical issues associated with computer systems security. Students will also execute a vulnerability analysis of a network and will design security systems and implement a security strategy for a network.

Important Note: This program is intended for individuals that will also be completing certificate or degree programs in network administration or that have significant prior professional and/or educational experience in network and/or system administration.


Davenport University, Bachelor degree;
Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges.

Admissions Requirements

An Academic Math Level of 3 is required to enroll in MTH 169. An Academic Math Level of 4 is required to enroll in MTH 176, MTH 178 and MTH 181. Students must also be experienced at installing and configuring computers and be skilled at working with the command line interface.

Applying for Admission to the Program

In order to meet the requirements of the current jobs market, students of this program must have significant prior professional experience as Network and/or System Administrators or must also complete certificate or degree programs in Network and/or System Administration.

Continuing Eligibility

Students must maintain a grade of "C" or better in the program requirements.

Contact Information

Business/Computer Technologies
Computer Instruction Dept
Michael Galea
John Trame


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 4
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
CIS 121 Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 3
CNT 201 Administering Microsoft Windows Client Operating Systems 3
CSS 180 Computer Security I 4
Total 17
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s) Writing/Composition 4
Elective(s) Writing/Composition or Communication 3
CNT 206 Internetworking I - Fundamentals 4
CNT 211 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 4
CSS 200 Computer Security II 4
Total 19
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
Elective(s) Math* 4
CNT 216 Internetworking II - Routers 4
CSS 205 Computer Security III 4
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities** 3
CSS 210 Computer Security IV 4
CSS 212 Computer Security V 4
CSS 220 Computer Security VI 4
Total 15
Total Credits Required


*Choose one of the following courses: MTH 169, MTH 176, MTH 178 or MTH 181.
MTH 181 satisfies the requirements of EMU's Technology Management program.
**See the EMU Diverse World Requirement list.

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