May 27, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2017-18 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2017-18 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology - Cybersecurity Transfer

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Associate in Science in Liberal Studies

Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The Information Technology Cybersecurity - Transfer Associate in Science, Liberal Studies degree program prepares students either for transfer to a related bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity, or for employment in a variety of entry-level information security analyst positions in network security administration. Problem-solving and analytical thinking are emphasized throughout the program, with a hands-on approach to learning. The IT program conforms to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework for academic programs, developed jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation predicts cybersecurity eventually will become the number one threat against the U.S. The U.S. Department of Labor projects computer security specialists’ employment to grow by 22% from 2010 to 2020, a faster-than-average outlook. The U. S. Department of Labor projects 65,700 new jobs requiring cybersecurity skills between 2010 and 2020.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to find entry-level employment as information security analysts, or to transfer to a four-year program. Career opportunities are open to students with A.S, B.S. and advanced degrees in the secure configuration, operation and analysis of enterprise computer networks, including infrastructure devices, network services and the servers upon which they run.

Helpful Hints:

Students should plan on taking courses in the sequence indicated in the Curriculum Map for this program. Content of the core courses is designed to logically build upon previous semesters, culminating in “Ethical Hacking” and the “Capstone” course.

Students should plan on satisfying the math requirement as early as possible.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Information Technology Cybersecurity Transfer program will achieve the learning outcomes of the Liberal Studies degree. Additionally, graduates are prepared

  • To securely configure and operate an enterprise computer network (to include infrastructure devices, network services and the servers upon which they run).
  • To effectively work with others to design, develop, evaluate and present solutions to network security problems.
  • To update their skills when new cybersecurity challenges are presented.
  • To analyze problems, gather appropriate data, use logic to solve, predict and analyze results for relevance, accuracy and consistency.
  • To recognize solution patterns of common problems and apply them to new challenges.
  • To communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means.

Total Credits: 60

♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum 

* Approved Humanities Electives:  ART 101, ART 113, ART 115. ART 121, ART 139, ART 155, COM 101, COM 102, COM 103, ENG 100, ENG 110, ENG 111, ENG 113, ENG 119, ENG 130, ENG 140, ENG 141,  ENG 161, ENG 170, ETH 101, ETH 105,  HUM 102, HUM 104, HUM 120, HUM 121, HUM 123, HUM 126, HUM 129, HUM 130, HUM 131, HUM 290, HUM 291, HUM 292, LAN 101, LAN 111, LAN 121, LAN 141, LAN 145, LAN 151, LAN 183, LAN 185, MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 110, MUS 130, MUS 132, PHL 101, THE 101, THE 109.

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