Cybersecurity - Garrett College

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Do you want to join the fight against cybercrime? Do you like the sounds of protecting computers from unauthorized access or destruction? If you are passionate about technology and want to have help others from having their private information stolen, a career in cybersecurity may be the right decision for you. Prepare yourself for a career in the workforce and cybersecurity industry with a degree or certificate in cybersecurity from Garrett College.

Why choose Garrett for Cybersecurity?

Garrett’s Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cybersecurity prepares students to enter the workforce in the cybersecurity industry. The curriculum provides students with many hands-on assignments to prepare them for real world tasks that they will encounter in their careers.

Cybersecurity Degrees Awarded

Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Cybersecurity. Students also have the option to earn an A.A.S. in Cybersecurity with a Network Administration concentration.

Students may also choose to pursue the Cybersecurity Certificate program. This certificate requires the completion of 24 credit hours, and can be finished in one academic year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate information literacy skills in order to locate, evaluate and effectively use information related to Cybersecurity.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written format related to general as well as technical fields.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in clear and critical analysis of situations, events, issues, ideas, and texts by fusing experience, reason, and training into considered judgment.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use computer software and industry standard network management tools to assess and diagnose security related issues.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use applications common to network security professionals.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to configure network security.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate security vulnerabilities.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of best practices as they apply to network security.

Program Benefits

Garrett’s Cybersecurity program prepares graduates to find employment in the cybersecurity industry and/or chosen field.

Cybersecurity A.A.S. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

GER Required Credits (22 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • SPC101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Humanities CourseG  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Soc & Behavioral Science Course  3


  • GER  Science Lab CourseG  4


  • MAT105  College Algebra  3
    or MAT210  Introductory to Statistics 3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS106  Intro to Cybersecurity  3

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • CIS160  Operating System  4
  • CIS163  Intro to Cisco Networking  4
  • CIS164  Router Fundamentals  4
  • CIS230  Security+  3
  • CIS294  Field Experience  3

Cybersecurity Courses (16 Credits)

  • CIS231  Computer Forensics  3
  • CIS232  Advanced Network Security  4
  • CIS233  Ethical Hacking, Countermeasure  3
  • CIS235  Introduction to Cyber Law  3
  • CIS240  Linux+  3

Major Electives (4 Credits)

Choose after consultation with advisor.

  • CIS130  Programming Logic  3
  • CIS170  Computer Science Programming I  4
  • CIS210  Computer Science Programming II  4
  • CIS220  Network Fundamentals (Net+)  4
  • CIS221  Advanced Routing & Switching  4
  • CIS222  WAN Technologies  4
  • CIS234  Ethics in the Information Age  3
  • CIS241  Managing Server  3
  • CIS245  Database Design  3

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.