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Cybersecurity

Program Pathways

Cybersecurity Certificate

Program Details

Award Certificate
Credits 16
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 9 months

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1 — Fall
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Intro to Cyber Security
  • Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Countermeasures
Term 2 — Spring
  • Business Ethics -OR-
    Introduction to Ethics
  • Cisco Security

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to the Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program or graduate and enter the workforce.

Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 70
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 5
Time to Complete 2 years

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1 — Fall
  • A+ Certification Prep Course
  • College Experience
  • Information Computing -OR-
    Database/Spreadsheets -OR-
    Introduction to Computers
  • Intro to Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Database
Term 2 — Spring
  • Cisco Networking
  • Linux System Administration
  • Programming for Network Administrators
  • Windows Server
Term 3 — Summer
  • Cisco Networking II
Term 4 — Fall
  • Business Ethics
  • Cisco Security
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Virtual Machines
Term 5 — Spring
  • Experiential Learning
  • Internship
  • Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Countermeasures
  • Project Management

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Computers and Technology continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

Careers

Positions

Our graduates can be employed in many careers, including:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager

Example Careers and Average Wages

Occupation Growth * Entry Average Experienced
Computer and Information Systems Manager 12% $83,500 $123,600 $143,600
Computer Network Support Specialist 12% $39,300 $55,800 $64,000
Computer User Support Specialists 14.4% $35,500 $50,600 $58,100
Information Security Analyst 34% $58,700 $87,100 $101,300
Network and Computer Systems Administrator 8% $53,600 $76,700 $88,200

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

* Source: 2019 Economic Development and Employer Planning System

Employers

Many business sectors have a growing need for Security professionals including:

  • IT Managed Services Providers
  • Banking, Credit and Finance
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Retail and Food Service

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Cybersecurity program, you must have a high school GPA of 2.50, or meet minimum score requirements listed below, and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAS degree.

Minimum score requirements
ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACT ACCUPLACER Next Generation GPA
Math 63 Arithmetic 39 Pre-Algebra 16 255 Arithmetic
​246 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
2.50
Reading 58 69 16 239 2.50
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Danielle Jennings Email Danielle Jennings
Schedule an appointment with Danielle Jennings
319-296-4014 ext.1079 Black Hawk Hall 201
Program Advisor Todd Bengen Email Todd Bengen 319-296-2329 ext.1124 Black Hawk Hall 114
Administrative Assistant Cindi Clark Email Cindi Clark 319-296-4021 Black Hawk Hall 101
Dean Robin Galloway Email Robin Galloway 319-296-4292 Tama Hall 110A

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