May 31, 2023  
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity Certificate

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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Computer Information Technologies
HEGIS: 5199

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

The Cybersecurity certificate provides students with a firm foundation in the basic principles of business security. It is recommended for individuals with prior computer experience, and designed for students who need to enhance their job skills. The courses can also be applied to the A.A.S. degree in Cybersecurity. Graduates of this certificate can expect opportunities to use their skills in private industry, government, law enforcement, the military, health services and academia.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to manage, protect and secure computer systems functions, including forensic extraction from hardware and software applications.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the operation of workstations and servers and how to manage, identify and recognize problems and attacks.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how the computer network functions and how to use network packets and software behavioral analysis to manage, identify and recognize patterns related to attacks.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple ways in which the security of computer systems is breached and how to make computer systems more secure.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to write security and forensic reports that could be used in a court of law.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Cybersecurity Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
CIS 110   3  
CIS 120   3  
CIS 130   3  
CIS 135   3  
CIS 140   3  
Semester Total Credits     15  


Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
CIS 235   3  
CIS 240   3  
CIS 245   3  
CIS 270   3  
Semester Total Credits     12  

Minimum Total Credits: 27

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