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 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy
Choose One
ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts 3
ITN 100 Introduction to Telecommunications
ITP 100 Software Design 3
1MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems 3
Choose One
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting 3
ITE 221 PC Hardware and OS Architecture
ITN 260 Network Security Basics 3
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 15
3rd Semester
4CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
ITN 200 Administration of Network Resources 3
5ITP Programming Elective 4
Choose One
ITN 171 UNIX I 3
ITN 170 Linux System Administration
ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking 4
Total 17
4th Semester
ITN 262 Network Communication, Security, and Authentication 4
ITN 263 Internet/Intranet Firewalls and E-Commerce Security 4
ITN 266 Network Security Layers 3
ITN 276 Computer Forensics I 3
6 IT Security Elective 3
Total 17
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 65
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Choose One
ITE
115
3
Information Literacy
ITE
119
Choose One
ITN
101
3
ITN
100
ITP
100
3
1MTH
154
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
2
3
ITN
106
3
Choose One
Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
ITN
107
3
PC Hardware and OS Architecture
ITE
221
ITN
260
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 15
3rd Semester
4CST
110
3
ITN
200
3
Programming Elective
5ITP
4
Choose One
ITN
171
3
ITN
170
Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking
ITN
261
4
Total 17
4th Semester
Network Communication, Security, and Authentication
ITN
262
4
ITN
263
4
ITN
266
3
ITN
276
3
IT Security Elective
6
3
Total 17
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 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.

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

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

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

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