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Cybersecurity, Associate of Science Degree

Banner Code: 3_AS_CYBR2

Control Number: 20382

Financial Aid Eligible


The courses in this program provide students with a solid foundation in the tools, techniques, and procedures used by cybersecurity professionals. The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge of emerging trends in cybersecurity and the skills needed for an entry-level career or advancement. Provides preparation for careers such as Cybersecurity Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Cyber Crime Analyst, Incident and Intrusion Analyst, and Vulnerability Analyst for a variety of industries including manufacturing, national security, finance, insurance, and health care. Topics include computer networking fundamentals, computer and network security, ethical hacking principles and methodology, digital forensics techniques, introductory programming, server administration, and security policies and procedures to build cyber resilience. The program courses include hands-on and technical writing assignments to help students develop in-demand skills for the cybersecurity workforce.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training.
  2. Assess security risks and identify methods to minimize their threat and/or impact.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to locate technical resources to resolve security-related issues with networking hardware and software.
  4. Apply risk management concepts to develop policies and procedures following security 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 Requirements for the Major 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 — AA/AS Local Degree GE: 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
Complete the following:
CYBR C101Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+)3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+)3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming3
Program Electives
Select three courses of the following specialized areas:9
Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Introduction to Incident Response
Cybercrime and CSIRT Coordination
Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Cyber-Physical Security: Protecting Critical Infrastructure
Network Security (Security+)
Web Application Security
Vulnerability Assessment (PenTest+)
Intermediate Digital Forensics
Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
Mobile Device Forensics
Intermediate Incident Response
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Become a Security Consultant
Advanced Digital Forensics & Incident Response Capstone
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
Linux Operating System Principles (Linux+)
Units Required for Major21
Requirement Units
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC pattern Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Units for Degree 60

Cybersecurity Degree Program Maps

This program map is a recommended example of all major (program) requirements as well as general education requirements for two-year completion or transfer. This path may be altered to fit your individual academic needs. This two-year program map was created by program faculty and counselors and demonstrates a recommended path to completion. Students are advised to meet with a Coastline Counselor for individualized program planning.

Your Path to Success

Follow this path to earn your degree in Cybersecurity in 2 years.

Don’t forget to consult a counselor for an education plan!

Path 1 (Cyber Forensic Analyst)

Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+) *3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+) *3
2nd Semester
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MUS C139History of Rock Music3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming *3
CYBR C130Introduction to Security3
3rd Semester
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
PHIL C120Ethics3
CST C191ALinux Operating System Principles (Linux+)3
CYBR C150Introduction to Digital Forensics3
4th Semester
ASTR C100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR C100LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI C180American Government3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HLTH C100Personal Health3
CYBR C250Intermediate Digital Forensics3
 
 

Path 2 (Cyber Incident Responder)

Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+) *3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+) *3
2nd Semester
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MUS C139History of Rock Music3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming *3
CYBR C130Introduction to Security3
3rd Semester
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
PHIL C120Ethics3
CST C191ALinux Operating System Principles (Linux+)3
CYBR C160Introduction to Incident Response3
4th Semester
ASTR C100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR C100LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI C180American Government3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HLTH C100Personal Health3
CYBR C260Intermediate Incident Response3

Path 3 (Penetration Testing)

 
Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+) *3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+) *3
2nd Semester
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MUS C139History of Rock Music3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming *3
CYBR C130Introduction to Security3
3rd Semester
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
PHIL C120Ethics3
CST C191ALinux Operating System Principles (Linux+)3
CYBR C132Introduction to Ethical Hacking3
4th Semester
ASTR C100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR C100LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI C180American Government3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HLTH C100Personal Health3
CYBR C242Vulnerability Assessment (PenTest+)3
 

Path 4 (Security Systems Administrator)

Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+) *3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+) *3
2nd Semester
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MUS C139History of Rock Music3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming *3
CYBR C130Introduction to Security3
3rd Semester
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
PHIL C120Ethics3
CYBR C170Cybercrime and CSIRT Coordination3
CYBR C230Network Security (Security+)3
4th Semester
ASTR C100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR C100LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI C180American Government3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HLTH C100Personal Health3
CYBR C270Certified Information Systems Security Professional3

Path 5 (Cybersecurity Analyst)

Course Title Units
1st Semester
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+) *3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+) *3
2nd Semester
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MUS C139History of Rock Music3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming *3
CYBR C130Introduction to Security3
3rd Semester
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
PHIL C120Ethics3
CYBR C132Introduction to Ethical Hacking3
CYBR C242Vulnerability Assessment (PenTest+)3
4th Semester
ASTR C100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR C100LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI C180American Government3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HLTH C100Personal Health3
CYBR C255Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)3