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 Goals

Information Literacy Skills: To locate, evaluate and effectively use information in the cybersecurity field.

Communication Skills: To communicate effectively in verbal and written format related to general as well as cybersecurity fields.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: Demonstrate the ability of analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills in applying the study of various aspects of the cybersecurity program. Students will be able to demonstrate the skills through extensive hands-on lab experiences based on real world scenarios (both as an individual and as a member of a team).

Scientific Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning Skills: To use technology, skills, and software in order to both efficiently and effectively collect, read, interpret and analyze data and results.

Information Management Skills: To use computer software and industry standard network management tools to assess and diagnose security related issues with the help of library and other online resources for research and communication.

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

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