2017-2018 Catalog 
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2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Technology - Cyber Defense Concentration, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3446, Program Site, E-mail: Information.Systems@nscc.edu

The Computer Information Technology - Cyber Defense Concentration focuses on topics in cyber security and digital forensics. Students learn how to fortify computer networks in order to prevent security breaches from cyber terrorists or other intruders. In addition, students learn how to recover data using digital forensics techniques. Students also develop strong critical thinking skills and learn by doing within a hands-on lab environment along with real world internship experiences. Using these skill standards ensures that graduates have the basic skills that employers need, within a framework that emphasizes the development of teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the supporting roles of Computer Technology (IT) in organizations;
  • Develop effective problem-management and decision-making skills; and
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders/ management and end-users regarding problem requirements, resources, and solutions.

Grading Policy

A Computer Information Technology - Cyber Defense student must receive a “C” or above in each course in order to meet prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses.


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.


“Technical Elective” means that the student may take any course beyond his/her course requirements with a CITC prefix, with prior approval from his/her advisor. The exception is CITC 1305  which is not to be taken by Computer Information Technology majors.

Course Requirements

Recommended Full-Time Schedule


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, ACCUPLACER test scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


* This course is part of the general education core.



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