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Cybersecurity - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This degree will provide an introduction to networking and firewall functionality, configuring a firewall and local area networks to include a functional DMZ and incident response, forensics and team training. The courses will use a cyber range/NOC to target hands-on mastery of the complexities of cyber-attacks and develop skills to classify the various types of network attacks among other types of cybersecurity operations, forensics and ethical hacking.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program

  • Criminal Background Check must be satisfactorily completed before students can enroll in any cybersecurity courses.
  • Cybersecurity will deny elgibility for enrolling in a cybersecurity course if an applicant/student does not successfully pass the criminal background check.

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The mission of the Computer Technology department is to enhance the educational opportunities of our students by building a comprehensive and quality technology infrastructure to allow our students to simulate real world experiences.  This environment will be effectively maintained and operated to keep up with rapidly changing technologies and software utilized in the workforce.  This will allow the department to provide prompt, effective, reliable and in-depth education opportunities to our students.


  • Fully build out infrastructure and classrooms to allow for in-person, synchronous, hybrid and online courses.
  • Maintain and update the classrooms and infrastructure as needed to ensure we are providing up to date opportunities for our students.
  • Utilize as much of the infrastructure and classroom technology as possible to enhance student learning and experiences.

Career Pathways

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning, saving you time and money.
Go to the University Transfer page for more information.

For more information, contact:
Lou Ann Timmons  - (843) 349-5367

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics  
CPT 168 Programming Logic and Design 3
CPT 282 Information Systems Security 3
IST 201 CISCO Internetworking Concepts 3
IST 266 Internet and Firewall Security 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
IST 190 Linux Essentials 3
IST 202 CISCO Router Configuration 3
IST 215 Health Information Networking 3
IST 268 Computer Forensics 3
IST 293 IT and Data Assurance I 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
IST 192 Linux Network Applications 3
IST 203 Advanced CISCO Router Config 3
IST 294 IT and Data Assuranee II 3
Third Semester - Summer, 1st Half    
IST 269 Digital Forensics 3
Third Semester - Summer, 2nd Half    
CPT 208 Special Topics in Computer Technology 3
  TOTAL 15
Fourth Semester - Fall    
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
IST 165 Implementing & Administering Windows Directory Services 3
IST 204 CISCO Troubleshooting 3
  TOTAL 12
Fifth Semester - Spring    
IST 285 Cybersecurity Capstone 4
Electives*      3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
PSC 201** American Government  
  TOTAL  13



*Electives: Choose 1 from the following courses:
CPT 280 SCWE in Computer (spring); IST 295 Fundamentals of Voice Over IP (spring); or CPT 242 Database (fall)
**Students transferring to a senior institution are recommended to take PSC 201 at HGTC to satisfy Reach Act requirements. The Reach Act was passed in 2021 by the General Assembly.