Cybersecurity: Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program


Faculty Advisers

Dr. Wayne Machuca: 503-491-7631 | Room AC2776 
Katrinia McNeal: 503-491-7502 | Room AC2683 | 
Dr. Dustin Bessette: 503-491-7424 | Room AC2786 | 
Jeff Sperley: 503-491-7357 | Room AC2783 | 

According to the United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use, and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.

It seems that everything relies on computers and the internet now—communication (email, smartphones, tablets), entertainment (interactive video games, social media, apps), transportation (navigation systems), online shopping, credit cards, medicine (medical equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on technology? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer, smartphone, tablet or on someone else's system?

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity (BAS) at MHCC is designed to provide a deeper and richer foundation in cybersecurity to meet the demands of the industry. 

  • Students who completed an AAS in Cybersecurity from MHCC are automatically eligible to enroll in the BAS degree program.
  • Students from other colleges who completed a degree in cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, or other related fields are also invited to enroll. 

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Utilize access management systems appropriate for small to medium-sized businesses.
  • Discuss the rules, laws, policies, and procedures as related to cybersecurity; identify and differentiate compliance requirements specific to Critical Infrastructure organizations and others.
  • Actively monitor a given environment using a range of deployed alerting tools; justify the implementation of appropriate algorithms to solve problems, and implement that solution.
  • Define steps in a forensic investigation and identify various tools used to recover evidence; perform a forensic investigation utilizing various tools; analyze results and propose, approve, and implement strategies to improve security.
  • Practice using appropriate project management tools, including tools for data gathering, data analysis, data representation, decision-making, and communication with internal and external stakeholders.

The BAS in Cybersecurity is designed so students may begin any term. 

Students who have not already completed the following courses (or equivalent from another college) should complete these in their first term, before starting the applied baccalaureate courses. See a Cybersecurity Faculty Adviser before enrolling to determine if you need to take any additional prerequisites.

MTH095Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry (Course offered online)5
or MTH098 Quantitative Reasoning II
WR121ZComposition I (Course offered online)4

Students may begin in fall, winter, or spring term.

General education courses (such as math, writing, health, etc.) can be taken during any term, or before starting the program. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Quarter
CS161 Computer Science I 4
ISTM284E Ethical Hacking 3
ISTM300 Issues in Cybersecurity (Course offered online) 4
ISTM310 Cyber Defense Strategies (Course offered online) 3
Precalculus I: Functions (Course offered online) (or higher)
or Math in Society
Second Quarter
CS162 Computer Science II 4
ISTM320 Digital Forensics and Incident Response (Course offered online) 4
ISTM331 Risk Analysis (Course offered online) 4
WR227Z Technical Writing (Course offered online) 4
Third Quarter
ISTM321 Mobile Forensics (Course offered online) 4
ISTM322 Critical Infrastructure (Course offered online) 4
ISTM345 Assembly Language for Cybersecurity (Course offered online) 4
ISTM380 Cyber Competition Alpha (Course offered online) 2
Fourth Quarter
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations 3
ISTM315 Cyber Offense Strategies (Course offered online) 3
ISTM340 Artificial Intelligence (Course offered online) 4
ISTM350 Preparation for Cybersecurity Analyst (Course offered online) 4
Fifth Quarter
BA205 Business Communications (Course offered online) 4
ISTM330 Cybersecurity Compliance (Course offered online) 4
ISTM333 Identity and Access Management (IAM) (Course offered online) 4
ISTM431 Information Technology Project Management (Course offered online) 3
Sixth Quarter
ISTM323 Computer Architecture for Cybersecurity (Course offered online) 4
ISTM346 Secure Programming (Course offered online) 4
ISTM381 Cyber Competition Bravo (Course offered online) 2
ISTM490 Senior Project (Course offered online) 3
 Total Credits90

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