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IT and Power Systems Security

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in IT and Power Systems Security program is designed to help to prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized information technology (IT) security certification exams as well as to provide practical hands-on skills for the work place. The program also includes fundamental knowledge and skills in system administration, network administration, IT management and compliance necessary to inform the practices of IT security.


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Field of Interest: 
Computer and Information Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2015 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3197 CyberSecurity

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3)
Academic Plan: 
IT and Power Systems Security (DEG)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CNT140AACisco - Introduction to Networks4
CIS111Ethics in Information Technology3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System3
CIS250Management of Information Systems3
CIS271DBInformation Security Essentials3
CIS272DBInformation Security Principles3
MST150++Microsoft windows Professional (any suffixed course)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select one (1) of the following four (4) tracks:
Power Systems IT Security Track Credits:18
CPD104Career and Personal Development3
PPT120Energy Industry Fundamentals3
CIS274DAIntroduction to Power Systems Security3
CIS275DAGeneration and Transmission Systems Security3
CIS275DBSmart Grid and Distribution System Security3
CIS275DCEmbedded Systems Security3
Network Security Track Credits:20
CNT150AACisco - Routing and Switching Essentials4
CNT160AAScaling Networks4
CNT170AACisco - Connecting Networks4
CNT205Cisco Certified Network Associate Security4
CNT206Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless4
Systems Security - Linux Track Credits:18
CIS238DLLinux System Administration3
CIS239DLLinux Shell Scripting3
CIS240DLLinux Network Administration3
CIS271DLLinux Security3
CIS275DLLinux Capstone3
ITS240Ethical Hacking and Network Defense3
Systems Security - Microsoft Track Credits:18
CIS121AHMicrosoft PowerShell/Command Line Operations3
MST155++Windows Server Network Infrastructure Configuration (any suffixed course)4
MST157++Active Directory Windows Server Configuration (any suffixed course)4
MST158++Windows Server Administration (any suffixed course)4
ITS240Ethical Hacking and Network Defense3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22
General Education CoreCredits: 12
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
Met by CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or equivalent as indicated by assessment in Program Prerequisites area.
MathematicsCredits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3)
or equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course.3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental networking concepts including IP addressing and the TCP/IP protocol suite. (CNT140AA)
  • Perform system administration activities. (CIS126DL, MST150++)
  • Demonstrate information technology management skills including compliance with industry and governmental standards and legal requirements.(CIS250)
  • Explain the fundamental components, concepts and application of information security principles. (CIS271DB)
  • Mitigate risks such as threats, attacks and vulnerabilities that impact the IT infrastructure using security tools and techniques (CIS272DB)
  • Analyze ethical considerations that arise from the implementation and use of information technology. (CIS111)

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