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Cybersecurity, Associate of Science Degree


The Cybersecurity program will give the students the hands-on skills needed for an entry-level career or promotion in cybersecurity. The courses provide an overview of the field of cybersecurity as related to computer networking. Topics covered will include computer network security, Windows and Linux operating system security, digital forensics, penetration testing, incident monitoring and analysis, incident response, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, computer security policies and procedures, e-mail & Web security, and securing a computer network.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to locate technical resources to solve security-related problems with networking hardware and software.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with various tools to solve common security vulnerabilities using theories learned in the classroom to design and implement a workable solution.
  3. Assess and evaluate computer incidents and recommend an incident response solution based on industry best practices.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
CST C128Network+3
CST C158Server+3
CST C230Introduction to Security3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming3
Program Electives
Select three of the following:9
CompTIA Linux+
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Cisco ASA, PIX, and Network Security
Cybersecurity Analyst+
Linux Networking and Security
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Total Units21
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 21
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60