Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Computer and Information Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network, including various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical, legal, ethical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security technologies and structured languages. The Cybersecurity program also focuses on the skills needed for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry, and government. Certificates of Completion (CCLs) are also available in the following areas: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cyber Operations, Linux System Administration, Microsoft, Cisco Networking CCNA Security, Cyber Engineering, and Critical Infrastructure.


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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Cybersecurity (DEG)
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Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Only required courses and restricted electives taken within eight (8) years of completion of the program may be applied towards this degree. Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor.

This program replaces:
AAS/3097 Information Technology: Network and Cyber Security
AAS/3160 IT and Power Systems Security

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles.
  2. Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components.
  3. Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks.
  4. Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated.
  5. Understand the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms.
  6. Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment.
  7. Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks.
  8. Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems.
  9. Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace.
  10. Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment.
  11. Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world.
  12. Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance.
  13. Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses.
  14. Communicate professionally in formal and informal situations to diverse audiences.
  15. Collaborate with others to solve cybersecurity problems.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer and Information Systems Managers


Network and Computer Systems Administrators


There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole (if available):
  • Computer Network Architects
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.



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Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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