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Computer Science and Information Technology - IST - Information Assurance - Associate in Applied Science

Are you someone who can quickly adapt to change and stay on top of the latest technology? Are you detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills? If so, a degree in Information Assurance might be for you. 

A degree in Information Assurance from Delta College provides the skills and knowledge to protect, and if necessary, recover information from a computer system.

Information Assurance analysts manage risks related to the use, processing, storage and transmission of data and the systems and processes used for those purposes. Information Assurance includes protection of the integrity, availability, authenticity and confidentiality of user data.

About the program

The program will teach students how to plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Responsibilities for Information Assurance analysts are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increases.

Students, upon successful completion of the program, will be qualified as an entry-level Information Assurance professional. Many graduates transfer to a four-year university and Delta has several university partnerships in place.

Graduates have gone to work for companies such as Dow, Dow Corning and NetSource One.

Job outlook

Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. 

For students who transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree, the average median salary is $88,890.

Demand for Information Assurance analysts is expected to grow 18 percent from 2014-2014, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out more 

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Kristopher Howery
Assistant Professor
Office: A070

Computer Science and Information Technology - IST - Information Assurance - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.17172

The program is designed to prepare you for challenging positions in the rapidly growing field of Information Security and Technology. Information Assurance provides the skills and knowledge to protect, and if necessary, recover information from an information system.

General Education Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________
OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
MTH---3/4Any Approved Intermediated Algebra Course or Higher ______________
OAT 1513Business Communication I AND ______________
OAT 1523Business Communication II ______________
OR ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
OR ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
PHL 210W2Information Technology Ethics & Law ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CST 1201PC Operating System Command Line Interface (DOS) ______________
CST 1262Unix/Linux Operating System ______________
CST 1284PC Hardware Concepts and Troubleshooting ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies ______________
CST 150W3Information Security Policies, Procedures, and Fundamentals ______________
CST 1523Implementing Network Security ______________
CST 1533Implementing Firewalls ______________
CST 154W3Incident Response and Disaster Recovery ______________
CST 1563Implementing Wireless Security ______________
CST 1583Network Intrusion Security Testing ______________
CST 1613Introduction to Networking ______________
CST 2603Scaling Networks ______________
CST 1643Routing and Switching Essentials ______________
CST 2643Connecting Networks ______________
CST 2664Information Security ______________

Group I Electives (Choose 2 or 3 courses from list)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CST 1592Database Operations ______________
CST 1622Introduction to Novell Network Administration ______________
CST 1632Introduction to Windows Network Administration ______________
CST 1653Linux Networking I ______________

Group II Electives (Choose one course from list)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CST 2593Database Administration ______________
CST 2623Advanced Novell Networking ______________
CST 2633Advanced Microsoft Networking ______________
CST 2653Linux Networking II ______________
CST 2673Introduction to Computer Forensics ______________
CST 2693Cisco Security ______________

76/80Total Credits


1 - Proficiency in keyboarding is expected in all CST classes. OAT 170 is available for those students who need to build keyboarding skills.
2 - MTH 119 or any higher level Math course (with the exception of MTH 153) will meet the Math General Education requirement.
3 - CST 133, CST 153, CST 156, CST 161, CST 164, CST 260, CST 264, CST 266, and ALL Elective courses are Key Courses: Key courses must be completed within 5 years of completing degree. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course.
4 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in OAT 151 and OAT 152 (or ENG Comp I and II/113) and ALL CST Required Core and Elective Courses for the degree.

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