Whatcom offers the following degrees and certificates:

Associate 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
Certificate of proficiency:
Information Security Professional

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within each degree and certificate template, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.


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 (courses are listed alphabetically)
 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
 BUS 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, BTEC, BUS, CIS, CJ, CS, ECON, FIN, HTBM, MATH, OFFAD, VISCM; 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 (courses are listed alphabetically)
 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 (courses are listed alphabetically)
 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
 BUS 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 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 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
 BUS 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, BTEC, BUS, CIS, CJ, CS, ECON, FIN, HTBM, MATH, OFFAD or VISCM.
 1 to 7
 Subtotal  5-7
 Total  46-48

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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 (courses are listed alphabetically)
 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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