This curriculum is designed for those who seek employment in the field of Cybersecurity(information assurance), for those who are presently in IT or a security field and who desire to increase their knowledge and update their skills, and for those who must augment their abilities in other fields with knowledge and skills in information security. The curriculum is mapped to the NSA/DHS Knowledge Units necessary for NOVA’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence
Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements and arrangements that facilitate the transfer of this degree to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact their academic advisor early in the program for specific course requirements.
Credit for Prior Learning:
Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.
The student should possess a proficiency in high school English, high school algebra and geometry, and computer keyboarding skills.
1 May substitute a higher-level mathematics course. Consult with an academic advisor for appropriate selection.
2 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.
3 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.
4 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.
5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.
6 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 115, CST 126, CST 227, and CST 229.
7 Select from the following: ITP 112, ITP 120, ITP 130, ITP 132, ITP 136, or ITP 225.
8 Select from the following: ITN 267, ITN 277, ITN 290 - Coordinated Internship, or ITN 295. Students not transferring to a Bachelor's program are encouraged to enroll into an internship or participate in a Cybersecurity competition and should discuss options with their academic advisor.