Dec 09, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

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 Digital Forensics Program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed a regionally accredited AAS or AAS-T degree in Informational Technology degree or related field
  • 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;
  • Completed a regionally accredited AAS or AAS-T degree in Informational Technology-related field from a regionally accredited institution,
  • Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis,
  • Cumumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher,
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college.


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

Students must have a total of 50 credits of general education courses to be awarded BAS degree.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Associate degree in IT-related field or equivalent  (90cr)
  • Must have coursework in:
    • ENGL& 101 (5cr)
    • Pre-requisite courses for BAS in Cybersecurity. Note, students can take the following pre-requisite courses after get admitted to this program:
      • MATH& 146-Introduction to Statistics or MATH& 141-Pre Calculus I (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

General Education Requirements (50 credits)

Communication Requirement (10 credits)

Quantitative Skill Requirement (5 credits)

Select 1 course from the list below:

Distribution Requirements

Humanities Requirement (5 credits)

Social Science Requirement (5 credits)

Natural Science Requirement (5 credits)

Electives: 20 credits

At least 5 credits of natural science courses, and extra 15 credits of natural science or social science or humanities courses. Please see below for the elective courses:

Natural Science Elective Requirement

Social Science Elective Requirement

Humanities Elective Requirement

300 and 400 Level Emphasis Courses: 75 credits

Business Skill Requirement

Quantitative Requirement

Advanced Network Security Certificate

Penetration Testing Certificate

Cooperative Learning/Internship

This course requires 5 credits and students are allowed to enroll up to 10 credits.

Associate Degree/Related Credits: 55 credits

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

Total Program Credits: 180 Credits