Network & Cyber Security Degree

Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) - Specialization in Network & Cyber Security

TCC’s Network & Cyber Security program prepares students for careers in database administration, network administration and technical support with a focus on cyber security. Cyber security is essential to protecting our economy, businesses, government and private information.

The program includes technical core courses providing hands-on knowledge and skills in systems, data, networking and security concepts; and non-technical core courses related to business, project and team communication skills.

Advanced course work includes training in database management, Windows and Linux servers, networking, routing, security, and virtualization. This program also provides the foundation for many industry certifications through Microsoft, COMPTIA, CISCO, and Dell/EMC.

The program offers certificate pathways leading to the Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree. All program coursework must be completed with ‘C’ grades or higher to qualify for any certificates or degrees. The AAS degree prepares students to transition successfully into TCC's IT Bachelor's Program and select Bachelor’s degree programs at Washington State 4-year universities. Students who transfer will be granted junior standing upon transfer.

Degree Pathway

Degree Courses
Career Options
Program Outcomes

Students in the AAS degree pathway must complete the ­Help Desk and Technical Support certificates. 

Prerequisite Coursework for Entry
Assessment above MATH 075 or completion of MATH 075 with a C or higher
Assessment at college-level English or completion of ENGL 095 with a C or higher

(100 credits)

The AAS degree includes additional coursework in wireless networking, security, business, project management and communication. Students who complete the AAS will gain knowledge in Networking, Cybersecurity, and Database management. These skills prepare students for a lucrative technology career and progression into our IT BAS. Students are encouraged to take MATH& 107 if they need a transfer-level math. ENGL& 101 and CMST& 101 are transfer-level classes.

Program Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
IT 201
Introduction to Programming
IT 271
Internetworking 5
IT 275
Security Assessment and Remediation
IT 246
Data Storage Security and Management
IT 270
Service and Support fundamentals  (prereq IT 261)
IT 278
Incident Response and Intrusion Analysis (prereq IT 275)
IT 249
Database Programming  (prereq IT 246)
IT 280
Capstone (prereq IT 271)
Distribution Credits
BUS 110 OR MATH 107
Business Math or Math in Society
BUS 164
Leadership and Human Relations
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
IT 290 (elective)
Work Internship 5
IT 299 (elective)
Independent Study & Special Projects 5

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills necessary in information technology.
  • Exemplify professional and ethical behaviors required to perform effectively as an information technology team member within an organization.
  • Implement critical thinking skills to provide sound solutions for information technology issues.
  • Commit to lifelong learning, including anticipation and adaptation to ever-changing business and technology environments.
  • Demonstrate an integrated, comprehensive proficiency in the content area of information technology; and apply this knowledge to the real world.

Transfer Options

Our AAS degree is designed for seemless progression into our BAS IT Degree. However, if you so choose you do have the option to transfer to other institutions. There are currently several options to transfer to a Bachelors degree program with local colleges upon completion of the Networking and Cyber Security Associate in Applied Sciences.

University/College Degree Program Transfer Requirements
Western Governors University BS in Information Technology NCS AAS degree, no additional courses required
Seattle Pacific University BS or BA in Professional Studies MATH 107 or above and 65 credits of approved transfer courses in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
Central Washington University - Des Moines BAS in Information Technology and Administrative Management MATH 107 or above and 65 credits of approved transfer courses in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
Highline College BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics MATH 107 or above in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
Green River College BAS in Information Technology MATH 107 or above in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
Bellevue College BAS in Information Systems & Technology MATH 107 or above in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
Evergreen State College BS in Computer Science MATH 142 or above and 65 credits of approved transfer courses in addition to completing the NCS AAS degree
University of Washington Tacoma BS in Information Technology NCS courses are not accepted for transfer. You must complete the TCC AS in Computer Science to transfer.


Contact Us

Sergio Hernandez, Program Chair
Bldg. 16-223



Jeremy Sims, Faculty
Bldg. 16-320