Within the cybersecurity program at American International College, students will assess modern cybersecurity challenges that threaten our privacy, security, and safety, and gain both the knowledge and hands-on technical skills to protect digital assets from cyber criminals who leverage sophisticated social and cyber tactics to facilitate attacks.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this curriculum will not only be prepared for a career as a cybersecurity professional, they will also be well positioned to obtain a number of certifications which will increase their employability later in their career, including Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Certified Forensic Examiner.

What You’ll Learn

Our cutting-edge program was built with input from industry experts to make sure the skills you learn and the degree you get are the ones leading employers actually care about.

A New Perspective

Learn how to “think like a hacker” and use industry standard tools to find weaknesses in systems from real-world professionals.

Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity is the perfect degree for people who want to work in a future-focused field with a high earning potential. And with 33% job growth by 2030, opportunities are continuing to grow.

Major Requirements
CRJ1400 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
MIS1300 Business Analytics with Excel
MGT1400 Principles of Management
MGT2400 Organizational Behavior
MGT3201 Business and Society
MGT3213 Human Resource Management
MGT3661 Project Management
PHI1000 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY1200 Introduction to Psychology
CYS1000 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CYS1100 Introduction to Information Technology Systems
CYS1250 Programming for Everyone I
CYS2000 Cybercrime and Governance
CYS2250 Programming for Everyone II
CYS2400 Networking Technologies and Telecommunications
CYS2500 Modern Cybersecurity
CYS2800 Information Security and Data Protection
CYS3000 Cyber Forensics
CYS3100 Google Cloud Computing Foundations
CYS4800 Capstone: Ethical Hacking
CYS4899 Internship in Cybersecurity
Choose one of the following courses:
CRJ2000 Communications in Criminal Justice
ENG2280 Professional and Technical Writing

Minor Requirements
CYS1000 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CYS1250 Programming for Everyone I
CYS2000 Cybercrime and Governance
CYS2500 Modern Cybersecurity
CYS3000 Cyber Forensics
CYS4800 Capstone: Ethical Hacking

Course Descriptions

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This course offers an introduction to the principles of management and their application to business. The basic management concepts of planning, organizing, controlling, motivating, communicating, staffing, and leading provide the basis for understanding of the management profession and a basis upon which higher level management courses can build more specialized knowledge.

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding and studying the dynamics of behavior in organizational settings and for applying these concepts to improving organizational effectiveness. Included are personality, organizational theory and structure, the decision process, the communication process, group dynamics and leadership, and conflict resolution.

Current issues of ethics in society as they affect business behavior will be discussed. Topics include the social responsibilities of business, environmental issues, human rights and technological progress, business ethics, and an analysis of global societal values.

This course examines the problems of personnel relationships in business and industry. Primary emphasis is placed upon the psychological factors in human relations; the purpose, organization, and functions of the personnel department; instruments of personnel control, such as interviewing, testing, the making of job analysis, classification, personnel education and training, employee incentives, retention, and similar related topics.

This course introduces the techniques used to plan, manage, and complete projects in accordance with guidelines to which all participants and beneficiaries have agreed. It distinguishes project management from general management and examines the principal concepts and methods that have been developed to manage projects successfully: defining project objectives; the Critical Path Method; application of Lean/Six Sigma and other quality techniques; team building and conflict resolution; allocation of resources – human, physical, and financial; uses of probability to assess project time lines (PERT); GANNT Charts; and project control through budgeting. Students will apply software to managing their own projects. The course also covers the general principles of Management Science and Systems Theory – giving students an understanding of how models can be used to improve the quality of management decision making. Classes will introduce students to these areas of project management. Students will then apply the techniques and concepts to running an actual project so that they master these important skills by using them.

This course offers a careful examination of the various standards that must be observed if one is to read, write, and think critically. It surveys common sources of confusion and error, such as ambiguity, vagueness, propaganda, political rhetoric, misleading advertising, misuse of evidence, improper reliance upon authority and tradition, and other varieties of fallacious reasoning.

In today’s world, no one is safe from cyber-attacks, but everyone can be prepared. This course will teach you how malicious actors use social skills and technology to facilitate cyber attacks and provide you with the tools and information you need to defend against those attacks. Whether you pursue one of the many available jobs in cybersecurity or just want to secure your own privacy, you’ll learn how to make the Internet safer. This online class has optional live sessions.  PREREQUISITE: Declared Cybersecurity major or minor

Information Technology continues to be one of the most important topics in the modern workforce. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of the field and teach you a range of valuable professional skills, including how to set up operating systems, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to build a computer. By the end of this course, you’ll be prepared to take your next steps in IT and start solving technology problems on your own. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS1000

This course, built in collaboration with Google, provides a gentle, but thorough, introduction to programming using Python. You will learn the core concepts and techniques needed to create programs and perform basic data analysis. By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to pursue further study in computer science and unlock more advanced programming courses. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS1000

Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats companies face on a daily basis, and they are constantly looking for new hires to help protect them.  In this course, you will get a firsthand look at the methods used to commit cybercrimes. You will also learn how governments detect, investigate, and stop these crimes, and become familiar with the laws and policies in place to deter cybercriminals. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS1000

This course, built in collaboration with Google, follows on from Programming for Everyone I. In the first half of the course, you will learn how to leverage your Python skills to treat the internet as a source of data. The second half of the course will teach you the fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL) and database design.  By the end of the course,  you will improve  your programming skills and learn how to build a range of applications. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS1250

Whether a workplace is just a few people connected to a wireless router, or a financial giant, wired directly into the Nasdaq, it likely relies heavily on Network Technologies. This course will teach you how networks work, and how to set up and secure them. By the end of this course, you will be able to manage and maintain a range of different network types. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS1100

Just as technology is constantly evolving, so too must cybersecurity to keep pace with changing trends. In this class, you will learn about the changing landscape of cybersecurity, emerging technologies that are likely to be targeted, and new forms of cyber-attack being launched. By the end of the course, you will be able to implement the most up-to-date practices in cybersecurity in order to protect against attacks. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS2000

Imagine a world where people were trying to steal from every home, workplace, or bank-all the time. That’s the world of digital security. Because it’s cheap to launch attacks on every system you can find, virtually every organization and individual is always under some level of digital attack. This course will teach you how to help defend against this constant assault and keep valuable information and critical systems safe. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITES: CYS2250, CYS2400

When cybercrimes do happen, you need to know how to respond. This course examines the tools and techniques used to perform cyber forensics and conduct investigations into cybercrimes. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to gather and analyze important digital evidence and gain skills in analyzing cybercrime that are in demand from companies across the country. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS2000

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of Cloud Computing, Infrastructure and Networking, and will explore how the cloud is used in a range of situations, including IT, App Development and Machine Learning. By the end of the course you will know what the cloud is, and how to use it effectively. This course uses the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and was built in concert with the Google Cloud Learning Services team. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITE: CYS2250

To stop a hacker, you need to be able to think like a hacker. In this course, you will learn hands-on techniques for attacking and penetrating networks and systems. You will be prepped with tools to launch these offensive tactics, and  then  complete a hands-on project where  they are asked to ethically hack  a real system. This online class has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITES: CYS3000 and 12 credits in Cybersecurity courses.

An internship provides an experiential learning opportunity, typically with a company, government agency, or community-based or non-profit organization. The internship links classroom learning and student interest with the application of and further acquisition of knowledge in an applied, supervised work setting. A 3-credit internship requires no less than 126 hours of work at the site. PREREQUISITES: CYS2400, CYS2500, and junior or senior status.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. A comprehensive treatment of the theory and practice of business communication and the development of skills in presenting technical information, with emphasis on the effectiveness of expression through written correspondence, reports, technical manuals, and job resumes. Writing as a rewriting process will be stressed. Students will investigate the development of business and technical literature from idea to draft, to final product.

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