Applying to the CIS and cybersecurity programs

The lower division CIS and cybersecurity programs can be entered at the start of any quarter. There is no special program application. Simply apply to Whatcom Community College.

Note that some classes are not offered every quarter. It is strongly recommended students meet with an academic advisor to build a specific academic plan to ensure classes are taken in the correct order.

Applying to the BAS in IT networking

Admission to the BAS degree in IT networking program is by selective entry application. The core courses start each fall quarter and applications are due the preceding winter quarter.

Fall 2018 BAS in IT networking – Deadline for best consideration: March 2, 2018 for the complete application and all related materials.

STEP 1 - Apply to Whatcom Community College

Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification (SID) number in order to apply to the BAS in IT networking program and pay related fees.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at, by phone at (360) 383-3001, or in person at the entry/advising office, LDC 116. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2 - Obtain and complete the BAS in IT networking selective application forms

Download the BAS in IT networking application packet or contact the selective entry coordinator by phone at (360) 383-3030 or by email at

STEP 3 - Pay application fee

Students must pay a program application fee ($50) on or before the application deadline to be considered. If submitting payment by mail, include a completed application fee payment form (page 1 of the application packet).

STEP 4 - Submit the BAS in IT networking application form and all supporting materials

Submit the completed BAS in IT networking application form and all required supporting documentation in one complete packet. All materials must be received at the WCC registration/records office by the deadline. Your packet should include:

  • Completed Application for Selective Entry admission form.
  • Completed Applicant Checklist.
  • Official transcript showing recent (within five years of the application deadline) associate degree in IT-related field from a Washington state community or technical college1 or any prior degree plus relevant industry experience, personal statement and current resume.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges where you earned credits that may apply to the BAS degree.2 WCC official transcripts are not required.
  • Proof of Cisco CCENT or CompTIA Network+ (current at the time of the application deadline).3
  • Proof of CompTIA Security+ (current at the time of application deadline).4
  • Two professional references (e.g., current or former supervisors or instructors).

1IT-related associate degrees granted from other institutions will be reviewed to verify suitable preparation for success in the BAS program.

2Please contact Entry & Advising at 360-383-3080 or by email at to speak with a professional-technical advisor for assistance in determining how courses taken from previous colleges will transfer. Advisors may also answer questions regarding substitutions for courses taken at another college that are not directly equivalent to a WCC prerequisite course.

3Alternative assessment: Cisco II at a Cisco Networking Academy OR completion of CIS 227 with a B or better OR a challenge exam in the WCC testing center.

4Alternative assessment: Completion of CIS 214 with a B or better OR a challenge exam in the WCC testing center.

Admission to the BAS in IT networking program (student selection)

Admission to the BAS in IT networking program is through a selective application process. The selection committee will review applicants for acceptance based on the number of available seats. For detailed information about how the applications are scored, refer to the BAS in IT networking applicant rubric.

Applying to the upper division certificates of proficiency

Admission to any of the upper division certificates of proficiency without also applying and being accepted to the BAS degree in IT networking will be by special approval of the IT networking program coordinator.