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

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site

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 concentration should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the supporting roles of Computer Technology (IT) in organizations;
  • Apply strong critical thinking skills to prevent security breaches from intruders
  • Fortify computer networks including, but not limited to, firewalls and intruder prevention systems
  • Recover data using digital forensic techniques
  • Test network defenses using penetration testing tools

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.  If completed, this degree will transfer into the BS in Professional Studies program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Career Opportunities

Typical positions available to graduates of this program are:

  • Security Analyst
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Security Specialist
  • Information Security Administrator

Course Requirements

Required:  NSCC 1010  - First Year Experience - 1 Credit

General Education Requirements (15 hrs)

Additional Course Requirements (17 hrs)

Total Required – Associate Degree: 61 Credits

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Spring Semester

Second Year

* This course is part of the general education core


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, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER 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.




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