The Cybersecurity Specialist Associate of Applied Science and Certificate degrees are designed for students interested in entering the field of cybersecurity technologies. The degree prepares students to learn practices that are designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. Cybersecurity Specialists will learn about computer security, installing security software, network monitoring for security breaches, and responding to cyber-attacks.

Learn more about cybersecurity, training opportunities, resources, and cybersecurity conferences by visiting the Cybersecurity Center.

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Specialization: Cybersecurity Specialist Associate of Applied Science


Plan of Study Grid
First Semester Credit Hours
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
  Credit Hours 16
Second Semester
ITSC 1416 Linux Installation and Configuration 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
ITSY 2442 Incident Response and Handling 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
  Credit Hours 16
Summer Session I
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 1 3
  Credit Hours 3
Third Semester
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1 3
ITSY 2443 Computer System Forensics 4
ITSY 2459 Security Assessment and Auditing 4
  Credit Hours 14
Fourth Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics 1
or College Algebra
ITSY 2417 Wireless Security Development 4
ITSC 2166 Capstone: Cybersecurity Practicum 1
  Credit Hours 11-12
  Total Credit Hours 60-61
Name E-mail Phone Location
Salinas, Francisco fsalinas 956-872-6277 TECH A-221

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Name E-mail Phone Location
Garcia, Araceli agarc319 956-872-6101 TECH A-229
Zaragoza, Isauro idzaragoza 956-872-6184 TECH A-223

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Employment Opportunities

Students who complete the Cybersecurity Specialist Associate and Certificate degrees can find employment in the following industries:

  • Local, state, and federal level jobs in law enforcement
  • Private sector
  • Hospitals
  • Financial industry

The standard occupational classification for Information Security Analysts include reported job titles such as Security Specialists, Security Analyst, and System Analyst.
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Industry Certifications

South Texas College students pursuing the degrees of Cybersecurity Specialist have the opportunity to earn industry certifications before they graduate from the program. Certifications are necessary in order for students to demonstrate they have mastered certain skills and help them earn a job once they graduate.

The following certifications are available to students.

  • Cisco Certified Entry-Level Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO)
  • Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyzer (CCPA)
  • Paraben Certified Mobile Operator (CMO)
  • Blackbag Certified Mobilyze Operator (CMO)
  • Splunk Operator