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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

CyberSecurity Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 352A

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

CyberSecurity professionals work in a wide variety of information technology positions, but have a focus on information assurance, cyber ethics, and incident detection, investigation and response. Students completing this degree will be able to investigate and defend computer systems against cyber-attacks, unauthorized use or modification, and exploitation.

Students entering into this program of study should have excellent communication, reading and math skills. Throughout the program students will experience coursework that will help them develop skills such as critical thinking, performance monitoring, decision making and evaluating systems and organizations.

The CyberSecurity program at Saint Paul College is 60 credits in length. The program provides 16 credits specifically related to CyberSecurity which will aid students in the field and in potential certifications.

Career Opportunities

CyberSecurity professionals will find a growing need in both public and private employment sectors. Graduates will find excellent opportunities as systems administrators, network engineers, system programmers, and systems specialists.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze multiple sources of network data to identify a security incident.
  2. Troubleshoot hardware and software problems in a network environment.
  3. Determine whether a computer system complies with national security standards.
  4. Describe and identify password policies.
  5. Install and configure basic host and network security.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Faculty

Mark Rawlings

Program Requirements

Subtotal: 44 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
COMM 17XX - 3 Credits

  • Goal 3 or Goal 4 3 Credits
  • Goal 3: Natural Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 4: Mathematical /Logical Reasoning 3 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits
    (PHIL 1720 - Ethics  is recommended)

General Education Requirements: 16 Credits

Course Sequence

This course sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 15

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0920  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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