BAS in Cybersecurity Courses (Part-time)

The following are the courses for the Part-time BAS in Cybersecurity educational plan. Courses are five (5) credits each, for a total of 90 credits to complete the program.

Term 1

NTEC 321 Enterprise Networking Foundation

This course provides a wide overview of computer networking concepts. Students learn to configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices. Implement network security, standards, and protocols. Troubleshoot network problems and create virtualized networks. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification CompTIA Network+.

NTEC 361 Cybersecurity Programming Foundation

Students learn to use the Python programming language to accomplish coding tasks related to the basics of programming and the fundamental notions and techniques used in object-oriented programming. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification PCAP (Certified Associate in Python Programming) from the Python Institute.

Term 2

ENGL&235 Technical Writing

Study of advanced writing skills for typical work-world documents in a business/technical environment, with emphasis on document format, audience analysis, correspondence, formal and informal reports, research, and documentation.

NTEC 364 IoT Foundation: Connecting Things

The course explores how nearly every object can be connected to the Internet. From washing machines to an airplane’s jet engine, even organic items like crops and cows. Students learn the basis of this exciting and emerging field using hands-on activities to model securely connecting sensors to cloud services over IP networks and collecting data in an end-to-end IoT (Internet of Things) system.

Term 3

CMST&230 Small Group Communication

Small group communication emphasizing theoretical principles and their application, enabling students to become more comfortable and competent participants in the group communication process. Emphasis will be on the study and application of the dynamics of group development, problem solving methodologies, and the use of power, including leadership and conflict.

NTEC 365 Big Data & Analytics Foundation

The course explores modern, real-time applications, IoT (Internet of Things) systems and the data they collect. Students learn how to collect, store, and visualize data obtained from IoT sensors and to use data analytics to gain insights from the intelligence produced.

Term 4

NTEC 371 Cybersecurity Foundation

This course provides a wide overview of cybersecurity concepts and places an emphasis on mitigating specific security issues. Students apply what they learn through extensive hands-on lab activities. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification CompTIA Security+.

ENVS 109 Integrated Environmental Science

Introduction to scientific inquiry using the foundations of physical, earth and life sciences. Focus on developing the skills to answer basic questions about scientific phenomena through scientific investigations and the ability to assist and guide others through this process.

Term 5

CMST 310 Organizational Communication

Introduction to the communication dynamics of an organization. Analyzes relationships between structural variables in the organization and informal communication channels, organizational culture, and strategic communication. Covers the major theories of organizational communication, identifying and defining primary concepts, applying them to discussions of real-world situations. Topics include public and human relations, conflict resolution, organizational structure, motivation, coaching, leadership, informal communication networks, corporate culture, socialization, globalization, the role of technology, and external communication as they relate to organizations. Theory and research are made more applicable through case studies of actual organizational problems/issues.

PHIL&120 Symbolic Logic

Rigorous examination of logical theory emphasizing modern symbolic or formal logic. Content includes truth-functional logic, propositional logic with proofs, and predicate logic with quantifiers and proofs. Applications include computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, mathematics, law, engineering, and philosophy.

Term 6

SOC 315 Organizational Behavior

Focus on understanding social and group dynamics and managing relationships in organizations. Gain practical experience in managing teams, resolving conflict, and building effective relationships across cultural differences. Special emphasis will be placed on social equity in the workplace and managing difficult behavioral human situations, whether among employees within the organization or with external stakeholders [GE,SS].

PHIL 420 Ethics in Management

Examines the role of ethics and social responsibility in the management of public and private sectors of organizations and businesses. Theoretical concepts in business ethics will be applied to real-world situations based on challenges managers face. An emphasis on contemporary trends and corporate responsibilities with respect to ethical, legal, economic, regulatory conditions, and the needs of stakeholders in the global marketplace will be included. Case studies will be used to explore real-world ethical and social responsibility situations.

Term 7

NTEC 472 Cybersecurity Penetration Testing

This course covers the penetration testing and vulnerability assessment and management. Students learn skills necessary to determine the resiliency of a network against attacks. How to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings. And best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification CompTIA PenTest+.

NTEC 473 Cybersecurity Analyst

The course covers the behavioral analytics skills to identify and combat malware, and advanced persistent threats. Students learn to perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization. Configure and use threat-detection tools. And to secure and protect applications and systems within an organization. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification CompTIA CySA+.

Term 8

NTEC 475 Cybersecurity Operations

The course focuses on how to monitor, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats. Students learn cryptography, host-based security analysis, security monitoring, computer forensics, attack methods and incident reporting and handling. The course may help prepare students to attain the industry certification Cisco CCNA CyberOps.

NTEC 499 Capstone Project

The capstone project integrates and synthesizes competencies from across the degree program. Each project consists of a technical work proposal, the proposal’s implementation, and a post-implementation report that describes the student’s experience in developing and implementing the capstone project.

Term 9

ECON 110 Intro to Global Economy

Introduction to economic concepts and their use in the global economy. Topics include basic microeconomics and macroeconomics, international trade, balance of payments, exchange rates, international institutions, energy, war, and terrorism. Intended for economics and non-economics majors.

ENVS 430 Sustainability and Environmental Practices

Investigate how environmental problems have arisen due to human activities (global warming, air pollution, waste disposal) and their impact on corporate practices, to include the corporate mission, competitive strategy, technology choices, production development decisions, production processes, and corporate responsibilities. Regulations and permits will be reviewed from the perspective of local planning departments. Changes to the environment by using resources at rates that exceed the system's ability to replenish them will also be covered.