Whatcom offers the following degrees and certificates:

4-year Degree:
New! Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - IT Networking
2-year Degrees: Associate in Science (AS) - Computer Information Systems
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) - Cybersecurity
Certificates: Computer Information Systems - Network Administration
Computer Information Systems - Technical Support
Certificates of Proficiency:
New! Cloud Computing
New! Industrial Control Systems - SCADA
Information Security Professional
New! Mobile Technologies

 


Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - IT Networking

The Computer Information Systems BAS degree prepares students for common networking administration challenges as well as those that occur in key industry sectors that require specific focused expertise. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as network administrators and related job categories, such as computer and information systems manager or computer network architect.

Course requirements (effective fall 2017)

300 and 400-level course descriptions available here.

 PREREQUISITES
Credits
 Washington state community or technical college IT-related associates degree.
 90
 Subtotal  90
 CORE REQUIREMENTS
Credits
 CIS 301
Database Management Systems
5
 CIS 305
Cloud Computing I
5
 CIS 306
Enterprise Linux
5
 CIS 308
Mobile and Wireless Technologies 5
 CIS 316
Embedded Systems
5
 CIS 320
Web Development
5
 CIS 405
Cloud Computing II
5
 CIS 406
Supply Chain
5
 CIS 416
ICS Architecture
5
 CIS 499
Capstone
5
 Subtotal 50
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
Credits
 BUS 302
Project Management
5
 BUS 303
Compliance and Auditing
5
 PHIL 301
Professional Ethics
5
 Students can apply up to 20 credits from associates degree to the following general education requirements if applicable:

 CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication
 0 to 5
 CS 140
 Computer Programming Fundamentals I
 0 to 5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I
 0 to 5
 ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing
 0 to 3
 or ENGL& 235
 Technical Writing
0 to 5
 MATH& 146
 Introduction to Statistics
0 to 5
 Humanities  0 to 5
 Natural Sciences - At least 5 credits in physical, biological, and/or earth sciences. Shall include at least one laboratory course.
 0 to 10
 Social Sciences
 0 to 5
 Subtotal 40-60
 Total
180-200

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Associate in Science (AS) - Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems degree prepares students for employment in a variety of fields, including technical support/help desk positions, network administration, network technician, and information security specialist. Students with prior experience are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator for placement in the program.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 105
 Computer Operating Systems I
 5
 CIS 106
 Open Source Operating Systems
 5
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 116
 Virtualization  3
 CIS 205
 Computer Operating Systems II
 5
 CIS 206
 Computer Support I
 5
 CIS 214
 Network Security I
 5
 CIS 215
 Network Security II
 5
 CIS 216
 Industrial Control Systems Security
 5
 CIS 225
 Computer Forensics
 5
 CIS 226
 Cisco Networking I
 5
 CIS 227
 Cisco Networking II
 5
 CIS 228
 Cisco Networking III
 5
 CIS 229
 Cisco Networking IV
 5
 Subtotal  66
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 BUSAD 170
 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
 3
 or Any CMST course designated "OC"
 3 or 5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 5
 Any college level course numbered 100 or above. Recommended disciplines: ACCT, ARTGR, BIS, BUS, BUSAD, CIS, CJ, CS, ECON, MATH or OFFAD; or PSYCH 106.
 4 to 6
 or CO-OP 180
 Preparing for Career Work Experience
 1 to 2
 Subtotal  9-11
 Total
 90

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Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) - Cybersecurity

WCC's Cybersecurity AAS-T program prepares students to transfer to four-year degree programs at certain colleges and universities in a variety of high-demand security-related fields including cybersecurity, computer information systems security, computer forensics, information assurance, information security engineering, information security analysis. Students with prior experience are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator for placement in the program.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 Note: completion of CIS 105 with a "C" grade or better is required prior to enrolling in the CIS core courses.
0
 CS 140
 Computer Programming Fundamentals I
 5
 CS 145
 Computer Programming Fundamentals II
 5
 CIS 106
 Open Source Operating Systems
 5
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 116
 Virtualization  3
 CIS 205
 Computer Operating Systems II
 5
 CIS 214
 Network Security I
 5
 CIS 215
 Network Security II
 5
 CIS 216
 Industrial Control Systems Security
 5
 CIS 226
 Cisco Networking I
 5
 CIS 227
 Cisco Networking II
 5
 CIS 228
 Cisco Networking III
 5
 CIS 229
 Cisco Networking IV
 5
 Subtotal  61
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 MATH& 141
 Precalculus I (CP)
 5
 MATH& 142
 Precalculus II
 5
 MATH& 151
 Calculus I
 5
 Choose two classes from:
 
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5
 PHIL 130
 Introduction to Ethics
 5
 PHYS& 221
 Engineering Physics I
 5
 POLS& 202
 American Government
 5
 Subtotal  30
 Total  91

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Certificate - Computer Information Systems - Network Administration

This CIS certificate prepares students to work as network administrators, performing network support.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 105
 Computer Operating Systems I
 5
 CIS 106
 Open Source Operating Systems
 5
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 205
 Computer Operating Systems II
 5
 CIS 206
 Computer Support I
 5
 CIS 214
 Network Security I
 5
 CIS 226
 Cisco Networking I
 5
 CIS 227
 Cisco Networking II
 5
 CIS 228
 Cisco Networking III
 5
 CIS 229
 Cisco Networking IV
 5
 Subtotal  48
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP) 
 5
 BUSAD 170
 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
 3
 or Any CMST course designated "HR"
 3 or 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 Total  61-63

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Certificate - Computer Information Systems - Technical Support

This CIS certificate prepares students to work as technical support specialists, performing hardware and software support and basic network support.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 105
 Computer Operating Systems I
 5
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 116
 Virtualization  3
 CIS 205
 Computer Operating Systems II
 5
 CIS 206
 Computer Support I
 5
 CIS 226
 Cisco Networking I
 5
 Subtotal  26
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 Any MATH course numbered 107 or above (CP)
 5
 BUSAD 170
 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
 3
or Any CMST course designated "OC"
 3 or 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 Electives/Cooperative Work Experience
 Credits
 CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 and/or Any college level course numbered 100 or above. Recommended disciplines: ACCT, ARTGR, BIS, BUS, BUSAD, CIS, CJ, CS, ECON, MATH, or OFFAD.
 1 to 7
 Subtotal  5-7
 Total  46-48

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Certificate of Proficiency - Cloud Computing

Students will learn to design and implement a cloud infrastructure and manage storage services. Topics include: cloud based storage, virtualization, service oriented architecture (SOA), high availability, scaling, mobile devices, and the role of open source cloud software such as Hadoop and OpenStack.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 305
 Cloud Computing I
 5
 CIS 405
 Cloud Computing II
 5
 Subtotal  10
 Total  10

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Certificate of Proficiency - Industrial Control Systems - SCADA

Students will learn how to evaluate and configure cyber physical systems including embedded architectures; design, plan, and implement an industrial control systems network; and analyze and mitigate security issues in an ICS network.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 316
 Embedded Systems
 5
 CIS 416
 ICS Architecture
 5
 Subtotal  10
 Total  10

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Certificate of Proficiency - Information Security Professional

These courses have been certified as mapping to the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) program.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 205
 Computer Operating Systems II
 5
 CIS 214
 Network Security I
 5
 CIS 215
 Network Security II
 5
 CIS 226
 Cisco Networking I
 5
 Subtotal  23
 Total  23

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Certificate of Proficiency - Mobile Technologies

Students will learn to evaluate the hardware, communications, management, and programming environments associated with mobile technologies, and to design a supply chain including all of the supply chain components. Students will learn about security issues unique to these types of networks and how to mitigate risk.

Core requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 CIS 308
 Mobile and Wireless Technologies
 5
 CIS 406
 Supply Chain
 5
 Subtotal  10
 Total  10

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