Major Code: 3707
The Associate of Applied Science degree in CYBER SECURITY AND NETWORKING is a two-year program that prepares graduates for entry level positions the field of cyber security and network engineering. The program provides general background in computer repair; computer networking; internetworking; enterprise computing practices; implementing and maintaining security on computers and networking equipment; and assessing security risks using industry best practices. The breadth of coverage provides students with a multi-skilled entry-level information technology “jack of all trades” with a high degree of career flexibility in large business organizations and the ability to independently handle the information technology needs of small and medium size businesses.
Program Goals and Objectives
In addition to the learning outcomes set forth in the general education policy for BridgeValley Community and Technical College for Associate of Science degrees, the learning outcomes of the Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology program prepare students to:
- Install, configure, maintain, repair, and support computer hardware and software on workstation and server platforms in an effective and efficient manner.
- Design, install, maintain and operate small office and branch level network infrastructure.
- Install, update and configure computer application software, network security software, and document computer systems and networks.
- Design, implement and maintain computer system and network security.
- Assess and alleviate potential security threats.
- Maintain information integrity and evaluate the results of security breaches.
- Function effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical formats appropriate for the information technology discipline.
- Appreciate the need for life-long learning and continue to maintain and develop their technical skills.
- Exhibit a broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues, such as diversity and sustainability, in a global and societal context.
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of professional behavior and ethical responsibility toward employers, customers, and society.
Program outcomes are assessed by a variety of means, including quizzes, unit tests, oral presentations, written reports, and final examinations. Outcomes based on technical expertise are assessed by the CCENT, CCNA and Cisco CCNA Security national certification exams. The student will also be required to submit a portfolio to fulfill general education requirements.
Advanced Placement Credit for High School/Vocational-Technical Center/College Programs
High school level computer science, computer repair (A+), or computer networking (Cisco) subjects are not necessary for entrance into the Computer & Information Technology program. Beginning subjects are part of the program. The student who has completed such vocational courses, however, may receive advanced placement. Articulation, vocational or EDGE, and dual credit agreements are in place with various high schools and vocational-technical centers. Advanced placement is also available to the student with prior college experience. Please contact the department chair for any specific questions .
Graduates of the program typically have strengths in building, testing, operating, maintaining and securing computer networks and computer systems. Typical graduates obtain entry level positions in information technology departments and computer/networking consulting firms.