Core Courses

  • A+ Certification Prep Course
  • Business Ethics -OR-
    Introduction to Ethics
  • Cisco Networking
  • Cisco Networking II
  • Cisco Security
  • College Experience
  • Experiential Learning
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Information Computing -OR-
    Introduction to Computers -OR-
  • Internship
  • Intro to Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Database
  • Linux System Administration
  • Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis & Countermeasures
  • Programming for Network Administrators
  • Project Management
  • Virtual Machines
  • Windows Server
  • Written Communication in the Workplace -OR-
    Composition I

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 70
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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


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. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Cybersecurity program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

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
16 Reading 58 Reading 69 Reading 239 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
16 Math 63 Arithmetic 39 Pre-Algebra 255 Arithmetic
246 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements 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
319-296-2329 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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