Associate in Science Degree

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This program combines the study of criminal justice and computer-technology to address current needs in the cybersecurity field. It prepares students to identify vulnerabilities and threats that affect corporate and government computer networks; to protect critical information in cyberspace; and to effectively design, implement, and support security policies for a large scale enterprise network. Students examine a wide variety of security analysis/defensive tools and concepts, and then attempt to circumvent them. This program prepares students to transfer to upper division Cybersecurity programs or assume entry-level positions in the Cybersecurity Industry.

Goal 1. To prepare students to transfer to upper division Cybersecurity programs or assume entry-level positions in the Cybersecurity industry in fields such as banking and finance, transportation, law enforcement, defense communication, and government and homeland security.

  • Graduates seeking a job secure a position in the field of business within two years.
  • Graduates seeking further education transfer to a higher education institution.

Goal 2. To prepare the students to interact effectively within a diverse Information Technology population.

  • Students will interact effectively within a diverse student population by completing collaborative projects.
  • Students will complete DGV requirements

Goal 3. To train students on how to effectively design, implement, and support security policies for a large-scale enterprise network

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to create security policies/procedures
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply information toward making decisions.

Goal 4. To prepare students to demonstrate data acquisition and recovery concepts

  • The students will complete an assignment developed by the instructor in a course and will be measured according to a rubric.

Goal 5. To train students to effectively implement and support system software

  • To train students to effectively implement and support system software

Goal 6. To train students to effectively analyze traffic on a computer network

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify the protocols associated with network packets and infer the purpose of the packet

Goal 7. To prepare the student to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment

  • Students will communicate appropriately with instructors and peers through written or oral assignments.
  • Students will visually and graphically communicate through presentations and/or projects

Goal 8. To train students to solve programming problems

  • Students will demonstrate the use of computers as a problem solving tool.
  • Students will analyze and understand a programming language.

Goal 9. To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.

Total Credit Hours: 64

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

This course introduces intermediate algebra-level knowledge and skills. Topics include exponents and radicals, polynomial and rational expressions, functions and relations and their graphs, inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations are solved. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent.

This course prepares students for MA150 Precalculus. Topics include linear and quadratic equations; inequalities; rational expressions; trigonometric functions; graphs of linear, quadratic, piecewise, and trigonometric functions; and, systems of equations. Algebraic and trigonometric manipulations and problem-solving are emphasized. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

This course prepares students for calculus through a study of the properties and graphs of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include an introduction to mathematical argument and conic sections. Emphasis is placed on the function concept and the appropriate use of the language of mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry.

This is the first in a sequence of three courses in analytic geometry and calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, and indefinite and definite integration. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA150 Precalculus.

This is the second in a sequence of three courses in calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include the integration of trigonometric functions, the differentiation and integration of the logarithmic, exponential, and inverse trigonometric functions, further techniques in integration, L’Hopital’s Rule, improper integrals, and infinite series. Applications are included. Prerequisite: MA151 Calculus 1.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the concepts and interdisciplinary applications of cybersecurity and its impact on society. It examines the historical development of security in technology as it relates to governance, personal information and assets, and major commerce sectors such as finance, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. It also introduces basic networking, assessing and handling of security risks, hardware components, and basic computer troubleshooting.

This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages.

This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization.

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Second Semester

This course introduces the basics of computer networking from concepts and terminology to materials and equipment. Topics form the foundation for further networking courses, with a solid grasp of fundamentals that lead to experience with equipment. The majority of this course deals with theory, with equipment used for demonstration. Prerequisite: IS101 Computers and Society, or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society, or CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity or CI121 Microcomputer Techniques for Science.

This course introduces intermediate algebra-level knowledge and skills. Topics include exponents and radicals, polynomial and rational expressions, functions and relations and their graphs, inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations are solved. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent.

This course prepares students for MA150 Precalculus. Topics include linear and quadratic equations; inequalities; rational expressions; trigonometric functions; graphs of linear, quadratic, piecewise, and trigonometric functions; and, systems of equations. Algebraic and trigonometric manipulations and problem-solving are emphasized. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

This course prepares students for calculus through a study of the properties and graphs of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include an introduction to mathematical argument and conic sections. Emphasis is placed on the function concept and the appropriate use of the language of mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry.

This is the first in a sequence of three courses in analytic geometry and calculus for students intending to transfer to programs requiring a thorough background in calculus. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, and indefinite and definite integration. Applications are included. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA150 Precalculus.

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

This course covers the role of computer operating systems. It emphasizes operating systems and environments used with Intel-compatible equipment and discusses additional platforms. Command-line, menu-driven, and graphical user interface (GUI) systems are covered. Topics include storage devices, operating environment, system startup, menus, memory management, software package installation, and multitasking. Prerequisite: IS101 Computers and Society or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society or CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity; excluding students enrolled in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Processing, Computer Information Systems, and Web Development and Information Design.

This course introduces computer programming methods and techniques of problem-solving using structured programming. Students analyze problems and organize effective solutions. Techniques of problem-solving include defining the problem, specifying required input and output, developing the algorithm, and testing the solution. Students also translate the algorithms to a high-level programming language.

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Third Semester

This course provides a comprehensive study of C++ with an emphasis on sound structured programming principles, good style, and top-down method of program design. It covers the designing, coding, executing, and debugging of C++ programs to solve problems in a variety of fields. Corequisite: CI110 Principles of Programming or ES151 Introduction to Engineering.

This course covers the acquisition and analysis of data recovery from computer networks to identify potential security or legal evidence. Topics include data recovery after deletion, and the roles and methods of discovering inappropriate data use. It covers operating systems and their vulnerabilities, and techniques about data recovery for use in litigation and future protection. It examines forensic cases. Prerequisite: IS101 Computers and Society, or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society, or CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity or CI121 Microcomputer Techniques for Science.

This course provides an understanding of the UNIX operating system, covering commands, utilities, and scripts. It focuses on the skill development needed to administer a UNIX system, emphasizing file management, security issues, upgrades, and backups. The installation and maintenance of UNIX systems are addressed. Prerequisite: IS101 Computers and Society, or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society, or CI121 Microcomputer Techniques for Science or CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity.

Natural Science sequence should be selected in consultation with your advisor to ensure appropriate transfer. CH141 General Chemistry 1 and CH142 General Chemistry 2, or PH151 General Physics 1 and PH152 General Physics 2

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Fourth Semester

This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy.

The course provides an overview of computers and network security, addressing the balance of access and security in standard practices and performance issues. It covers the effective design, implementation, and support of security policies for large-scale enterprise networks. It deals with preventive and post-event recovery tools. Prerequisite: CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity or CI112 Networking Fundamentals or CI130 Programing in C++.

This course covers the design, implementation, and support of security policies for large-scale enterprise networks. It addresses security analysis/defensive tools, including implementation and circumvention. Prerequisite: IS101 Computers and Society, or IS100 Introduction to Computers & Society, or CI104 Introduction to Cybersecurity, or CI121 Microcomputer Techniques for Science.

Natural Science sequence should be selected in consultation with your advisor to ensure appropriate transfer. CH141 General Chemistry 1 and CH142 General Chemistry 2, or PH151 General Physics 1 and PH152 General Physics 2

This course introduces the basic elements of the American criminal justice system, from its legal roots and history to its most current concerns. It analyzes the criminal justice process - from arrest to trial and disposition - emphasizing the function and structure of each component. It provides an understanding of how each component responds to crime and how the key question of individual rights and public safety is addressed. Attention is given to the elements of crime, the role of the police, courts, and corrections, and to the challenges facing this system in an increasingly diverse democratic society.

CI233Credits: 3.0

This course introduces the concepts of object-oriented programming (OOP) and the general purpose JAVA programming language. Topics include data abstraction, data encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, class structures, software design with design patterns, application programming, data types, selection and loop structures, graphical user interface programming, exception handling, data streams, and cryptographic techniques. Prerequisites: CI130 Programming in C++, or permission of the Instructor.

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(a) Students will take two college-level math courses in the STEM programs options, which include MA115, MA125, MA150, MA151 or MA152. Course selection will be dependent on placement scores.

(b) Students take one of the following sequences: CH141 General Chemistry 1 and CH142 General Chemistry 2, or PH151 General Physics 1 and PH152 General Physics 2. A Natural Science sequence should be selected in consultation with your
advisor to ensure appropriate transferability.

(c) Students select from one of the following Program Electives depending on their desired choice: CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CI233 UNIX Administration & Security, OR, CI245 JAVA Programming. Appropriate elective should be selected in consultation with your advisor.