Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

This curriculum is designed for those who seek employment in the field of Cybersecurity (information assurance), for those who are presently in IT or a security field and who desire to increase their knowledge and update their skills, and for those who must augment their abilities in other fields with knowledge and skills in information security. The curriculum is mapped to the NSA/DHS Knowledge Units necessary for NOVA's designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements and arrangements that facilitate the transfer of this degree to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact their academic advisor early in the program for specific course requirements.

Recommended Preparation Information

The student should possess a proficiency in high school English, high school algebra and geometry, and computer keyboarding skills.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy
Choose One
ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts 3
ITN 100 Introduction to Telecommunications
ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Information Technology 1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ITP 100 Software Design 3
Choose One
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting 3
ITE 221 Personal Computer Hardware and OS Architecture
Choose One
ITN 170 Linux System Administration 3
ITN 171 UNIX I
ITN 260 Network Security Basics 3
ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking 4
Total 16
3rd Semester
2   Programming Elective 4
ITN 200 Administration of Network Resources 3
ITN 262 Network Communication, Security, and Authentication 4
ITN 263 Internet/Intranet Firewalls and ECommerce Security 4
ITN 266 Network Security Layers 3
Total 18
4th Semester
3CST   Elective 3
4   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
5   IT Elective 3
ITN 276 Computer Forensics I 3
6   Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 65
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Choose One
Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts
ITE
115
3
Information Literacy
ITE
119
Choose One
ITN
101
3
ITN
100
ITN
106
3
MTH
154
3
Orientation to Information Technology
SDV
101
1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ITP
100
3
Choose One
Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
ITN
107
3
Personal Computer Hardware and OS Architecture
ITE
221
Choose One
ITN
170
3
ITN
171
ITN
260
3
Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking
ITN
261
4
Total 16
3rd Semester
  Programming Elective
2
4
ITN
200
3
Network Communication, Security, and Authentication
ITN
262
4
Internet/Intranet Firewalls and ECommerce Security
ITN
263
4
ITN
266
3
Total 18
4th Semester
  Elective
3CST
3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
4
3
  IT Elective
5
3
ITN
276
3
  Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
6
3
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 65

IT courses used for this program may not be more than 10 years old, unless approved by academic dean.

1 May substitute a higher-level mathematics course. Consult with an academic advisor for appropriate selection.

2 Select from the following: ITP 112, ITP 120, ITP 130, ITP 132, ITP 136, ITP 150, ITP 225  or ITP 270.

3 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, and CST 229.

See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

5 Select from the following: ITN 267, ITN 277, ITN 290, or ITN 295. 

See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.