Data breaches, ransomware, identity theft, theft of intellectual property and countless other cyber crime continue to be a major problem, affecting individuals, companies, critical infrastructure and government. The need for skilled cybersecurity professionals to keep networks and data safe and to prosecute the criminal elements behind such crimes continues to grow.
The Associate of Science in Cybersecurity program (ASC) provides a solid foundation in cybersecurity skills and is designed to both prepare students for entry level cybersecurity jobs as well as to continue their education with seamless transfer into undergraduate cybersecurity programs, such as Wilmington University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.
The Associate of Science in Cybersecurity (ASC) program provides students with a foundation in cyber defense to protect data and network assets. In addition, students are introduced to digital forensics, which is needed for cyber crime investigations. Students completing courses in this program with some additional self-study can sit for the following certifications:
In terms of the NICCS Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework), the curriculum for this degree aligns closely with the categories of
Other categories are touched upon, as well.
Some of the job titles for which students graduating from this degree program should qualify include:
In addition, the curriculum for the ASC is designed to align as a Program of Study for the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2-year programs (CAE-2Y). Wilmington University was first designated as an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) in 2011 and continues to serve nationally as a cybersecurity education leader. The ASC degree is designed to seamlessly transfer completely into the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (formerly Computer & Network Security) degree program, which has been validated by the NSA as a CAE-CDE Program of Study.
The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360◦ approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.
This program has set a minimum passing grade of "C-" for Cybersecurity A.S. Core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any of these courses must retake that course.
CSC 345 Database Foundations
SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation
SEC 210 Principles and Practice of Information Security
SEC 230 Introduction to Linux
SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications
SEC 250 Operating System and Computer Systems Security
SEC 290 Introduction to Programming with Python
SEC 350 Introduction Computer Forensics
SEC 425 Ethical Hacking
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
POL 300 American Politics
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Natural Science Elective
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.