Certificate of Completion in Cyber Operations

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS190 or
CNT140AB
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks 3–4
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows course 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS110 Information Security Fundamentals Critical course Gateway course 3
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues 3
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
BPC170 A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense 3
CIS238DL or
CIS238RH
Linux System Administration or Red Hat System Administration II 3
ITS291 Computer Forensics Foundations Critical course Gateway course 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS290AC or
CIS298AC
Computer Information Systems Internship or Special Projects 3
ITS292 Advanced Computer Forensics 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS190 or
CNT140AB
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks 3–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows course 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS110 Information Security Fundamentals Critical course Gateway course 3
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC170 A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 3
CIS238DL or
CIS238RH
Linux System Administration or Red Hat System Administration II 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS291 Computer Forensics Foundations Critical course Gateway course 4
CIS290AC or
CIS298AC
Computer Information Systems Internship or Special Projects 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS292 Advanced Computer Forensics 4

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.