Cyber Security

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

(Note: Not accepting new students.)

Hegis Code: 5199 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 34526

Program Description
The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Cyber Security prepares students for employment in a variety of entry level careers in Cyber Security.  Today, everyone is concerned with security, and people with knowledge in this area are in high demand.  Positions can include such titles as Network Administrator, network security specialist, information security technician, just to name a few. 

The main thrust is protection of information and limiting access to network resources.  In addition to security, students will also be instructed in techniques used to track perpetrators once an attack has occurred. In addition to basic computer and networking skills, the student will be instructed in Operating Systems, computer Forensics, Network Forensics, Information Security, Network Perimeter Security, and Cyber Crime Investigation.

Classes are designed to provide students with hands-on training utilizing state-of-the-art computer facilities.  Lab work and assignments will present real world cyber security scenarios encountered in the work place.  For forensics studies, industry standard software will be used.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AAS Cyber Security Degree program, a student will be able to
• Develop basic network administration skills;
• Perform computer forensic analysis;
• Demonstrate an understanding of network forensics;
• Develop an understanding of the legal issues associated with cyber security;
• Document an appropriate procedure of handling case evidence.

Employment Potential
While A.A.S. graduates are prepared to enter the workforce immediately, many students choose to transfer to upper-level programs leading to a bachelor's degree in technology.  If students are considering this, they should consult with the department chair and advisors for program planning.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED or TASC).

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
Dr. Anita Bleffert-Schmidt
Coordinator, CIS & CS
Office: Hasbrouck Hall, 212-A
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5195 or

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
CRJ 101 Criminal Justice System 3
ENG 101 * College English I 3
MAT 105 College Algebra 3
NET 101 Networking Fundamentals I 3
 Elective ** General Elective 1
Semester Credits 16
Second Semester

CIS 116

Operating Systems & Utilities


ENG 102 or

ENG 227

College English II or
Technical Writing
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
NET 102 Networking Fundamentals II 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Elective **

General Elective 1
Semester Credits 14
Third Semester
CFR 221 *** Computer Forensics 3

CFR 223 ***

Information Security


CIS 215

Microcomputer Hardware & Telecommunications

NET 103

Local Area Networks

PSY 101 General Psycology 3
Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester
CFR 222 ***  Network Forensics 3

CFR 224 ***

Network Perimeter Security


CSS 226 ***

Cyber Crime Investigations


SOC 203 


Elective Math or Liberal Arts Elective 3-4
Semester Credits 15-16
Total Credits 60-61
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history courses and 200-level sociology courses. 

** Students can take up to 2 credits in physical education courses to satisfy these electives.

*** Courses offered through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium.  Instruction takes place either via teleconferencing on the SUNY Ulster campus or at another location identified at time of registration.