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Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics

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Learning Outcomes

A student earning a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in Cybersecurity and Forensics will be able to:

  • Secure the commonly used operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Apple at the small office/home office (SOHO) level to the enterprise level.
  • Securely install, configure, program and maintain routers, switches and hubs for the SOHO to enterprise level operation.
  • Evaluate, plan and implement cloud security for the variation of cloud environments including public, private and hybrid.
  • Evaluate, implement and maintain mobile security for SOHO to enterprise level operation.
  • Securely install and maintain the popular database products - such as MySQL, MS SQL Server and Oracle - while being able to evaluate the appropriate operating system for the situation, perform security audits, and apply the knowledge to new technology such as big data installations and analytics.
  • Design, install and maintain a secure database using one or more of the popular database products on various operating systems to industry standards.
  • Evaluate, implement and use big data architectures such as Cloudera, Hortonworks, or Map-R to utilize Hadoop Distributed File Systems.
  • Able to effectively perform the tasks related to penetration testing on various platforms, applications and network designs including pre-evaluation, setting of parameters, evaluate/report results, and give recommendations on remediation of findings.
  • Plan, conduct and report on the digital analysis of networks, cloud deployments, desktop and mobile devices using proper forensics techniques and determining the appropriate legal parameters that should be adhered to. 
  • Design and conduct an e-discovery investigation, while applying the appropriate legalities such as litigation holds, HIPAA standards, etc.
  • Apply knowledge of professional ethics when dealing with sensitive and confidential information or when making a decision on what path or methodology to use.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to Highline’s BAS Cybersecurity and Forensics Program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed or within 30 credits of completion a regionally accredited AAS degree (or its equivalent), in one of the following Web Developer, Web Design, Network Security Engineer, Digital Forensics & Investigation or related fields.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university, and
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Application Process

To be considered for the bachelor of applied  science program prospective students must submit the following: 

  • Completed Highline bachelor application form;
  • Students who have completed related AAS degree or within thirty credits of completion of AAS degree.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis.;
  • Nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college.


Please contact Faculty Advisor or Program Manager for most updated information.

Students must have a total of 60 credits of general education courses to be awarded BAS degree.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Associate degree in IT-related field or equivalent or within 30 credits of completion (90cr)
  • Must have coursework in:
    • ENGL& 101 (5cr)
    • College Level Math (5cr)
    • CIS 150, A+ certification or equivalent
    • CIS 160, CISCO I, Network+ or equivalent
    • CIS 161 Cisco II or equivalent
    • CIS 166 or equivalent - Security+, GSEC, and a variety of others
    • CIS 215 or equivalent - Linux+ or similar
  • Students who have not taken an introductory digital forensics course may take it after admissions.
  • Students who have not taken an introductory programming course such as CSCI 131 may take it after admissions

General Education Requirements (60 credits)

Quantitative Skill Requirements

Social Science Requirements

Please check with your advisor to see which courses you need.

300 and 400 Level Emphasis Courses: 65 credits

Associate Degree/Related Credits: 55 credits

Applicable credits from an associate degree issued by a regionally accredited institution.

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