Cyber Defense Associate in Science Degree

Division: Business and Computer Information Systems


The Cyber Defense Associate in Science Degree provides concepts and hands-on skills to identify Cybersecurity threats and implement procedures to protect Cyber assets. It will also enhance students’ chances to pursue a professional career in Cybersecurity by preparing them for industry-recognized certificates such as Network+, Security+, CySA+, CCNA, CyberOps, MCSA and AWS.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better;
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements;
  3. the social justice, equity and sustainability and reading requirements;
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units; and,
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50 percent of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Required Core Courses - Select the required and elective core courses and one area of emphasis (26-27 units):26-27
Required Core Courses (8 units):
IT and Cybersecurity Fundamentals (formerly Cybersecurity Competition)4
Cisco Networking 14
Elective Core Courses - Select three of the following courses (9-10 units):
Network Security3
Ethical Hacking3
Python Programming3
Cloud Implementation and Security (formerly Storage Management and Cloud Computing)4
Cisco Networking Emphasis (9 units):
Cisco Networking 23
Cisco Networking 33
Select one course (3 units):
Cisco CyberOps (formerly Cisco Networking 4)3
CCNA Bootcamp3
Cisco Security (formerly CCNA Security)3
System Administration and Technical Support Emphasis (9 units):
IT Support Services (formerly Computer Desktop Support)3
Administering Windows Server3
Select one course (3 units):
Administrating Windows Active Directory Services (formerly Administrating and Configuring Windows Server Directory Services)3
Linux Server Administration (formerly titled Oracle Forms and Reports)3
Visualization and Cloud Computing Emphasis (9 units):
Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Deployment3
VMware Cloud and Virtualization Networking (formerly VMware vSphere Virtualization Networking)3
IT Project Management (formerly Project Management Fundamentals)3
Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps) Engineering Emphasis (9 units):
Java Programming3
Advanced Python Programming
Select two of the following (6 units):
Introduction to Data Analytics3
Linux Server Administration (formerly titled Oracle Forms and Reports)3
IT Project Management (formerly Project Management Fundamentals)3
Total Units26-27