Information Security (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Security degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to understand how networks, operating systems and programs function. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical data and systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security disciplines which include both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific information technology (IT) security training. The Information Security program is designed to help prepare students for internationally recognized IT certifications and business, industry and government responsibilities.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

A total of 12-16 Restricted Electives (REs) are required for this degree.  Some RE options have additional prerequisites that are not part of the degree requirements nor included in its total credits.  Consult with an Academic Advisor or the Program Director for guidance with RE selection and sequencing.
 
Consider taking some of your general education courses during summer session(s) to lighten your load during the academic year.

This program contains an embedded certificate (CCL) in Information Security Technology that you can receive before you finish your degree.

 

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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 16-18 Credits Grade Sem/Year
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
MAT 150 College Algebra / Functions OR 5    
MAT 151 College Algebra / Functions OR 4    
MAT 152 College Algebra / Functions OR

Higher level mathematics course (3-5 credits)

3    
CIS 105 Survey Computer Info Systems 3    
CIS 126DL LINUX Operating System OR 3    
CIS 126DA UNIX Operating System OR

CIS126++ Any Unix/Linux Operating System course(s) (3 credits)

3    
CNT 140AA Introduction to Networks 4    
Semester II 13-16 Credits Grade Sem/Year
If you test exempt from CRE101, you should consider taking a general education course (COM, SB, NS) instead this semester to more evenly distribute credits between terms.
 
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3 credits)

3    
SB ANY Any approved General Education course from the Social Behavioral Sciences area. 3    
BPC 170 Computer Maintenance: A+ Exam Prep Level I 3    
MST 150EI Configuring Windows 8 OR 3    
MST 150SV Microsoft Windows 7 Configuration OR

Any MST150++  Any Microsoft Windows Professional course

3    
ITS 110 Information Security Fundamentals 4    
Semester III 18-20 Credits Grade Sem/Year
Enrollment in more than 18 credits requires special permission. 
 
See an Academic Advisor or the Program Director during the first few weeks of the semester to apply for your certificate (CCL) in Information Security Technology.
ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
ITS 120 Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues

(ITS120 is offered at GCC only in the fall semester.)

3    
ITS 130 Operating System Security 3    
CIS 238DL LINUX System Administration OR

Any CIS238++ UNIX or Linux Administration course

3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Two courses selected from options listed below (6-8 credits)

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Semester IV 13-18 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The number/credits of Restricted Electives (REs) taken this semester will depend on those completed in Semester III.  A minimum of four(4) REs totaling at least 12 credits are required for the degree.

See an Academic Advisor or the Program Director during the first few weeks of the semester to apply for graduation.

COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM 225 Public Speaking OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Two courses selected from options listed below (6-8 credits)

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Restricted Electives 12-16 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Select a minimum of four (4) courses totaling at least 12 credits from the list below based on your interests and goals.  A minimum of six (6) of these elective credits must be additional ITS prefixed courses. The guidance of the Program Director is recommended.  

CIS ANY Any Computer Information Systems (CIS) course

(To be selected from Level I programming courses - CIS15++ or CIS16++) (3 credits)

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CIS 271DL LINUX Security 3    
CNT 150AA Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials OR

Any CNT150++ Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials course (4 credits)

4    
CNT 160AA Scaling Networks OR

Any CNT160++ Scaling Networks course (4 credits)

4    
CNT 170AA Cisco - Connecting Networks OR

Any CNT170++ Cisco - Connecting Networks course (4 credits)

4    
CNT 205 CCNA Security 4    
ITS ANY Any Information Technology Security (ITS) Course

except ITS110, ITS120, and ITS130 (3-4 credits)

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RE ANY Restricted Electives

CNT185 Cisco Network Security (4 credits)

(CNT185 not offered at GCC, but may be available at another MCCCD college)

 

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