Cybersecurity (APCSCY)

Associate in Applied Science

In this Associate’s degree program, students are introduced to the skills and strategies needed to plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Students will learn networking and network security skills using server, infrastructure and perimeter technologies working in Linux operating systems, Cisco infrastructure and perimeter devices, and Microsoft operating systems.
Learners in this program acquire the following skills:

  • Understand common networking and security terms and concepts.
  • Learn basic Linux tools and utilities.
  • Deploy server and clients in a Microsoft Windows network.
  • Learn basic scripting using Windows PowerShell.
  • Solve internetworking problems using Cisco devices in a “real-life” and emulated internetwork.
  • Configure secure topologies using a “real-life” and emulated internetwork.
  • Learn basic penetration testing techniques using contemporary tools in a virtual environment.

This degree program transfers into Eastern Michigan University’s Information Assurance & Cybersecurity undergraduate program. For the student either deferring or not desiring transfer, sufficient skills are acquired to qualify the learner for an entry-level position in network administration or information security.

For the working professional, many courses in this program are available online.

Students completing this program are also eligible to receive Principles of Cybersecurity (CTCYS) certificate.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

NSA-Certified

Washtenaw Community College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. We are extremely pleased to receive this acknowledgment and will continue our commitment to providing a comprehensive cybersecurity education to our students.
NSA and Department of Defense Seals

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2018-192019-20 | 2020-21

2020-2021 Academic Requirements

In this program, students are introduced to the skills and strategies needed to plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Students will learn networking and network security skills using server, infrastructure and perimeter technologies working in Linux operating systems, Cisco infrastructure and perimeter devices, and Microsoft operating systems.

Eastern Michigan University, BS degree

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site. Articulation Agreements.

 

Minimum grade of "C" in all major courses

Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Computer Instruction Dept
Advisors
Cyndi Millns

Requirements

(Items marked with an icon online icon are available online.)
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CIS 121   Linux/UNIX I: Fundamentals 4
CNT 201   Administering Microsoft Windows Client Operating Systems 3
CNT 206   Introduction to Networks 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition * 3
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 216   Routing and Switching Essentials 4
CPS 141   Introduction to Programming Using Python 4
CSS 200   Introduction to Network Security - Security+ 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CSS 205   Essentials of Network Penetration Testing 4
CSS 210   Network Perimeter Protection - CCNA Security 4
CNT 211 or Installation, Storage, and Compute - Windows Server 2016  
CNT 223 or Networking with Windows Server 2016  
CNT 224   Identity with Windows Server 2016  
MTH 160   Basic Statistics 4
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CNT 290   Network Forensics 4
CSS 225   Cybersecurity Operations - CCNA Cyber Ops 4
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 3
Elective(s)   Natural Science 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 17
Total Credits Required
62

 

Footnotes

*Students planning to transfer to a 4-year college should take ENG 111; otherwise, student may consider ENG 107.