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Cybersecurity

Join an in-demand field and provide online defense with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity from Arapahoe Community College.

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There is a national and local demand for Cybersecurity Specialists with the increasingly complex and challenging cyber-attacks facing our nation. ACC’s Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program will help you become a qualified professional with expertise in information assurance, cybersecurity, and network forensics disciplines. You’ll learn the skills you need to get a job after graduation or continue your education at a 4-year institution. Secure your future with an AAS in Cybersecurity.

Nina Amey
Faculty / Department Chair
Computer Networking Technology
nina.amey [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Once you get your AAS degree in Cybersecurity of the program you will be prepared for a number of jobs that require the following industry certifications: CompTia A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, and CYSA+, Certified Ethical Hacker, and the IC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner.

CIP 111003 (CYSE)

In response to the national and local unmet demand for Cybersecurity Specialists and the increasingly complex and challenging cyber-attacks facing our nation, this cybersecurity program will produce qualified professionals with expertise in information assurance, cybersecurity, and network forensics disciplines. Upon successful completion of the program and depending on organizational employability requirements, students from this program will be prepared for a number of jobs that require the following industry certifications: CompTia A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, and CYSA+, Certified Ethical Hacker, and the IC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

OR CIS 315 - CSU Course *

OR CIS 401 - CSU Course *

OR CIS 462 - CSU Course *

OR CSC 160 - Computer Science I (Language) - 4 Credits

Note:

* These courses are recommended courses for students who intend to transfer to CSU to earn a baccalaureate degree in Computer Information Systems – Cybersecurity Concentration. For this option students need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

Electives (3 credit hours)

Choose one from the following: CNG 142, CNG 243, CSC 160, or CNG 121

Total: 60 credit hours

Job Potential

In the Denver metropolitan area, on average, over the last 12 months, there were 843 unique job postings per month for Information Security Analysts, while 73 positions were filled according to an August 2018 report by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. There is a high demand in Colorado for these unique job skills and not enough qualified candidates to fill them. After you graduate with your AAS in Cybersecurity, you’ll be able to get a job as a(n):