Cybersecurity and Network Administration

Associate in Applied Science

Credits: 114  |   Length of Program: 7 quarters

Subject: Cybersecurity and Network Administration

Cybersecurity and Network Administration - Associate in Applied Science

Coursework begins with an introduction to networking, client/server operating systems and computer hardware.  A steady progression follows to more advanced subject matter in these areas, with additional emphasis on securing both wired and wireless networks, and a focus on ethical hacking.

The Cybersecurity Program is designed for persons interested in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting computer networks with an emphasis on security. The program prepares students for positions in network technical support, utilizing security tools and procedures. This program is for students interested in a pathway into the cybersecurity field. It helps to prepare the student for the A+, N+, Security+, CySA+, CWTS, CEH, CCNA, CCNA Security and Microsoft MCSA certifications.

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Career Opportunities

Job opportunities can be found in both public and private sectors. Students who earn their AAS degree will be exposed to current tools and techniques for implementing solutions for customers in networked environments. The continuing advancement of technology creates a demand for skilled technicians who can provide immediate support in these areas. Cyber Security Technician, Network Administrator and Desktop Support Technician.

Program Outcomes



Length of Program

The Cybersecurity and Network Administration Program takes a minimum of seven quarters of full-time studies for the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Cybersecurity Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Utilize applied skills with fundamental concepts, using industry standard security tools to secure computer and server networks, achieve design, planning, deployment and management goals where systems related technology and services are employed
  • Design, implement and troubleshoot a variety of network topologies (both wired and wireless) and protocols with specific expertise in Cisco and Microsoft network and server products
  • Demonstrate clear and concise communication including the ability to communicate highly technical information to a non-technical audience made up of a variety of stakeholders through the use of oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of industry related logic and statistical analysis used to achieve results where configuration and troubleshooting of IT security systems is required
  • Practice and apply appropriate ethical and legal standards and mandates reflecting the most current laws and regulations in regard to designing, implementing, and testing security systems/processes
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate in globally diverse team environments while engaged in technical projects
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Entry Requirements

ATTENTION:  After completing initial enrollment counseling at South Puget Sound Community College it is important to contact a program advisor as soon as possible.

General Education Requirements


ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.

MATH101 Technical Mathematics I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers the theories and applications of mathematics used in technical fields with emphasis on problem solving strategies, measurement, algebra, geometry, unit conversions and the metric system. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 092.
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Diversity Requirement 
Diversity-designated courses at South Puget Sound Community College provide opportunities for students to develop awareness of their own social and cultural identities, seek understanding of others, and cultivate skills to communicate across cultures and differences. All programs require the completion of a diversity course.


Effective Catalog Year 2020-2021

Revision Date: 
December 2, 2020