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Cybersecurity, associate degree

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Cybersecurity Center

Get involved or learn more with PCC’s Cybersecurity Center.

Earn a degree in Cybersecurity at Portland Community College:

  • Specialize in cybersecurity while learning about computing.
  • Increase your understanding of robust cyber defense technology.
  • Utilize computer technology to address information system needs with security in mind.
  • Analyze common security vulnerabilities and apply appropriate security controls.

Program features

  • Hands-on labs and lecture
  • Classroom and/or web-based courses
  • Courses mapped to the knowledge units of the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security requirements for a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Career possibilities

The cybersecurity sector has high growth and good salaries. Jobs you can apply for with an AAS in Cybersecurity:

  • Network Defense Technician
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • Incident Responder
  • IT Auditor

Award information

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Cybersecurity2 years

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Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

CIS 121Information Systems and Programming *4
CIS 122Introduction to Programming Logic *4
CIS 140MOperating Systems I: Microsoft4
CIS 179Data Communication Concepts I4
CIS 184CIntroduction to Information Security4
CIS 240LLinux Installation and Configuration4
CIS 240MManaging a Windows Server Environment4
CIS 284CCybersecurity Concepts4
CS 140UIntroduction to UNIX4
WR 121College Composition4
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
CIS First Term Programming Elective4
CIS Cybersecurity Degree Electives 123
CIS Cybersecurity Advanced Electives8
CIS Cybersecurity Business Electives6
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits91

Could be used as General Education.


Cybersecurity Electives - at least 8 credits must be at the 200 level.

Cybersecurity program educational objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program educational objectives for the Cybersecurity AAS degree program are as follows:

  • Identify, analyze, plan, implement, monitor cybersecurity mechanisms to protect information assets, computer systems, and networks, and respond to attacks.
  • Hold professional positions in a cybersecurity-related occupation, or pursue advanced study in cybersecurity or a related field of interest.
  • Effectively lead, work, and communicate in cross-functional teams.
  • Be recognized as security professionals who apply ethical and moral standards in maintaining information security in cyberspace.
  • Successfully adapt to new technologies, tools, and methodologies to remain current in their occupation.

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