Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Cybersecurity, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny

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The Cybersecurity AAS degree is designed to provide a comprehensive program to develop a skilled workforce in the field of cyber security. The curriculum covers: preserving information confidentiality and protection, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity and utility. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, practices and procedures that guide today’s IT security professionals.  Other areas of focus include digital forensics, incident response, and virtualization.

Program Details

Pathway: Information Technology

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program Fall or Spring semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Cybersecurity AAS degree , a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 2

Spring Semester Year 1

Semester 4

Fall Semester Year 2

Option 2: Select 3 Credits from Option 2

Programming course requirement

Option 3: Select 3 Credits from Option 3

English composition II courses

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 70

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 400 465 230 385 300
Laptop 2300-3200        

Approximate total cost for the program:  $17,590-18,490**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Monitor anti-threat solutions and takes the appropriate actions to resolve any threats.
  • Perform network scanning and vulnerability assessments and maintains patch management system.
  • Create and maintain documentation regarding all security violations, incidents and malware infections.
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of security controls, processes and procedures.
  • Assist with ensuing compliance with various regulations and industry standards.
  • Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.
  • Research, test and recommend new software and hardware to enhance security efficiency to meet needs.
  • Provide excellent internal/external customer service to internal and external customers
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • System Administrator 
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Cyber Defense Analyst, Incident Responder, Forensics Analyst, Infrastructure Support Specialist
  • Information Systems Security Developer

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to work methodically and is very detail oriented
  • Eagerness to dig into technical questions and examine them from all sides
  • Enthusiastic and highly adaptable
  • Strong analytical and diagnostic skills
  • Demonstrated skills in innovation and collaboration
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems
  • Ability to research and find solutions when none are apparent

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • May work irregular hours and be on 24-hour call for duty.
  • May work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Will need to continuously update skills and knowledge base.
  • Will not start out at the top of the payscale or position level.

Program Competencies

  1. Analyze and explain various methods used for Information Security
  2. Write computer programs in upper level programming languages
  3. Demonstrate methods in preserving data confidentiality, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authentication, and accounting
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking for all levels of problem solving
  5. Acquire knowledge and skills that can lead to industry certifications
  6. Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork skills in assigned projects


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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