Cyber Defense Concentration

 
The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Dr. Tom Pigg
(731) 424-3520 ext. 50201
tpigg@jscc.edu

Program and Career Description

The Cyber Defense Concentration will focus on topics in cyber security and digital forensics. The students will learn how to fortify computer networks in order to prevent security breaches from cyber terrorists or other intruders. In addition, students will learn how to recover data using digital forensics techniques. Students will also develop strong critical thinking skills and will learn by doing within a hands-on lab environment along with real world internship experiences.

Statistics are based on state averages from the Tennessee Career Information Delivery System. Salaries are not guaranteed. Additionally, upon completion of this program students will have the foundational skills and knowledge that will help lead to the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Exam
  • CompTIA Network + Exam
  • Installing, Configuring, and Administrating Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Jackson State is a testing center for all certification exams listed above and Jackson State students will receive as much as a 60% discount on the cost of testing. Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

Communication Requirement

ENGL 1010 English Composition I
SPCH 1010 Speech

Choose ONE Humanities Course
ARTH 2010 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 2020 Survey of Art History II
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
COMM 1851 Intro to Film
ENGL 2111 American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
ENGL 2121 American Lit: 1865 - Present
ENGL 2210 British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
ENGL 2220 British Lit: 1785 - Present
ENGL 2310 World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
ENGL 2320 World Lit: 1650 - Present
HUM 1010 Introduction to the Humanities I
HUM 1020 Introduction to the Humanities II
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre

Choose ONE Natural Science or Mathematics Course
BIOL 1110 General Biology I
BIOL 1120 General Biology II
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II
GEOL 1040 Physical Geology
PHYS 2010 Non-Calculus Based Physics I
PHYS 2020 Non-Calculus Based Physics II
PSCI 1010 Survey of Physical Science I
PSCI 1020 Survey of Physical Science II
MATH 1530 Statistics and Probability
MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics
MATH 1710 Precalculus I
MATH 1720 Precalculus II (Trigonometry)
MATH 1830 Applied Calculus

Choose ONE Social/Behavioral Science Course
ECON 2010 Macroeconomics
ECON 2020 Microeconomics
GEOG 2010 World Regional Geography
PHED 2050 Health and Wellness
POLS 1030 American Government
POLS 2010 State and Local Government
PSYC 1030 General Psychology
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1020 Social Problems

Choose ONE Additional General Education
Course from either Communication, Humanities, Natural Science, Mathematics, or Social and Behavioral Science.


Major Required Courses (All required)
INFS 1010 Computer Applications
CITC 1300 Beginning HTML and CSS
CITC 1301 Intro to Programming
CITC 1302 Intro to Networking
CITC 1303 Database Concepts
CITC 1321 A+ Hardware
CITC 1322 A+ Software
CITC 1332 Unix/Linux Operating Systems
CITC 1351 Principles of Information Assurance
CITC 2199 Co-Op/Internship

Concentration
CITC 1323 CCNA I
CITC 1324 CCNA II
CITC 2326 Network Security
CITC 2351 CCNA Security
CITC 2352 Digital Forensics

The Associate of Applied Science Information Assurance Concentration requires 60 college level credits. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.

Sample Schedule:

Estimated Salary Range
Beginning Salary Range with AAS Experienced Salary Range
$38,990-$48,840 $62,430+
1st Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
INFS 1010 Software Applications 3
CITC 1301 Intro to Programming 3
CITC 1302 Intro to Networking 3
CITC 1321  A+ Hardware 3
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
  Total Credits 15
1st Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
CITC 1303 Database Concepts 3
CITC 1322 A+ Software 3
CITC 1323 CCNA I 3
CITC 1351 Principles of Information Assurance 3
SPCH 1010 Speech 3
  Total Credits 15
2nd Year, Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
CITC 1300 Beginning HTML and CSS 3
CITC 1324 CCNA II 3
CITC 1332 Unix/Linux Operating Systems 3
CITC 2352 Digital Forensics 3
  Math 3
  Total Credits 15
2nd Year, Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
CITC 2351 CCNA Security 3
CITC 2326 Network Security 3
CITC 2199 Co-Op/Internship 3
  Humanities Course 3
  Social Science 3
  Total Credits 15