Skills Certificate, Cybersecurity

Program Description

This certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills recommended by the National Security Agency for 2 year college programs. It provides foundational cybersecurity skills and preparation for professional certifications, such as Security +, that are recognized by the Department of Defense.

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CIT 112 Network + 3
CIT 114 IT Essentials 4
CS 151 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
 Semester Total10
2nd semester
CIT 130 Beginning Java 3
CIT 173 Introduction to Linux 3
CS 252 Digital Forensics Fundamentals 3
 Semester Total9
 Total Units19

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirement
CIT 112Network +3
CIT 114IT Essentials4
CIT 130Beginning Java3
CIT 173Introduction to Linux3
CS 151Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CS 252Digital Forensics Fundamentals3
Total Units19

Students completing the certificate will:

  • List the fundamental concepts of the Information Assurance / Cyber Defense discipline and describe how they can be used to provide system security.
  • Describe cyber defense tools, methods and components.
  • Describe and apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks.