Academic Catalog

Cyber Security, Certificate of Competency (CSC)

Effective Fall 2022

The Cyber Security Certificate Degree Program prepares students to identify security threats to networked computers, devices, and their data. Students will learn how to examine network intrusions in order to implement proper defense techniques. Ethical hacking techniques and programs will be used by students to help them identify potential weaknesses in network, network devices, and data. Students completing this certificate program will be qualified for employment in positions related to networking and cyber security specialists. This program also helps prepare students for the following Information Technology certification exams; CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Students can transfer in correlating college credits for any of the program courses in this certificate degree program. Additionally, students can also gain college credits for any correlating industry certifications listed above that they currently hold, but in either case students must complete at least half of the credits in the program in order to complete and obtain this certificate.


Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe common Cyber Security threats and defenses
  • Analyze Computer Systems for evidence of abuse or intrusions
  • Perform penetration tests and scan for vulnerabilities
  • Install and secure network operating systems and devices

The College will award a certificate of competency to students who complete an approved credit-bearing career program that requires less than 30 credits. General education courses may not be required for programs that have less than 30 credits. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.

Plan of Study Grid
First Semester
First SemesterHours
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
CS 127 Introduction to PC Support 3
CS 128 PC Repair and Maintenance 3
NET 110 Network Communications 3
Second Semester
Second Semester
CS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 3
NET 125 Ethical Hacking 4
NET 142 Cyber and Network Security Concepts 4
NET 200 Digital Forensics 3
 Total Hours26