Cybersecurity Degree Degree


Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Cybersecurity Degree program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking.

Program graduates are qualified for employment as Cybersecurity Specialists or Information Security Analysts.

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization's disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization's IT department. The recovery plan includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans.

The standard curriculum for the Cybersecurity Degree program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Cybersecurity Degree program any semester. The Cybersecurity Degree program generally takes five (5) semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 63 credit hours for the Cybersecurity Degree.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript or high school equivalent scores;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $7,955
  • Books/Supplies: $2,550

Licensure
Although certification is not required for employment, the Cybersecurity Degree program provides the knowledge and skills for students interested in various information technology certifications.

Curriculum Outline (63 hours)
General Core (18 hours) 18
COLL 1040

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

3
ENGL 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate English Placement Test Score AND Appropriate Reading Placement Test Score) Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
ENGL 2130

(Prerequisite: ENGL 1101) Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.

3
GEN 006 General Education Elective (6 hours) 6
Choose One (3 hours) 3
MATH 1111

(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

3
MATH 1101

(Prerequisites:  Appropriate algebra placement test score)  Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models.  Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

3
Occupational Courses (45 hours) 45
CIST 1001

(Prerequisites: None) Provides an overview of information systems, computers and technology. Topics include: Information Systems and Technology Terminology, Computer History, Data Representation, Data Storage Concepts, Fundamentals of Information Processing, Fundamentals of Information Security, Information Technology Ethics, Fundamentals of Hardware Operation, Fundamentals of Networking, Fundamentals of the Internet, Fundamentals of Software Design Concepts, Fundamentals of Software, (System and Application), System Development Methodology, Computer Number Systems conversion (Binary and Hexadecimal), Mobile computing.

4
CIST 1122

(Prerequisites: Program Admission) This course serves to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security along with the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components with an introduction to the fundamentals of installing and maintaining computers. Students will develop the skills to identify the basic functionality of the operating system, perform basic troubleshooting techniques, utilize proper safety procedures, and effectively interact with customers and peers. This course is designed to help prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination.

4
CIST 1601

(Prerequisites: None) This course provides a broad overview of information security. It covers terminology, history, security systems development and implementation. Student will also cover the legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security.

3
CIST 1602Security Policies & Procedures 3
CIST 2601Implementing Operating Systems Security 4
CIST 2602Network Security 4
CIST 2611Network Defense and Countermeasures 4
CIST 2612

This course examines the use of computers in the commission of crimes, collection, analysis and production of digital evidence. Students will use computer resources to explore basic computer forensic investigation techniques.

4
CIST 2613Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing 4
OCC 004Occupational Related Elective (4 hours) 4
Choose One (3 hours) 3
COMP 1000

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include introductions to computer and digital terminology and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

3
CIS yyyCIST Elective (3 hours) 3
Choose One (4 hours) 4
CIST 1401Computer Networking Fundamentals 4
CIST 2451

(Prerequisites: Program Admission) This course introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications, and data through the internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals. By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches.

4
Approved Electives: CIST 1135, CIST 1305, CIST 2128, CIST 2129, CIST 2120, CIST 2130, CIST 2411, CIST 2412, CIST 2413, CIST 2414, CIST 2452, CIST 2453, CIST 2454
Faculty
Advisor

Computer Information Systems Instructor

Advisor

Computer Information Systems Instructor

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