Understand and apply the concept of security and risk management including compliance, law, regulations and business opportunity. Apply a comprehensive process to ensure the protection and security of assets. Design security assessment and testing processes which includes designing, performing and analyzing security testing.

Cyber Security – Bachelor of Applied Science

Do you have an associate degree (AAS or AA) but you’re looking for a way to break into or advance your career in the Cyber Security industry? If so, a BAS in Cyber Security from Spokane Falls Community College may be exactly what you’re looking for. In this program, you’ll build technical skills and gain theoretical knowledge that directly applies to real-world problems companies are facing today. Graduates of the BAS Cyber Security program will have a broad base of theoretical and technical knowledge, as well as specialized knowledge in areas such as encryption, risk management, compliance and regulation, ethical hacking and security policy.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) program in Information Technology (or related field) from an accredited institution. (In some cases, work experience may earn you credits using Prior Learning Assessment points)
  • Minimum college-level GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in all required core technical courses
  • Admission into Spokane Falls Community College


Evening, Hybrid and Online courses administered by faculty at SFCC.


The following classes show just some of the main courses that make up the Cyber Security Degree.

  • CYBR 320 - Ethical Hacking

    This course will prepare students with a working knowledge of how hackers attack networks and digital assets. The course will focus on penetration testing, intrusion detection, social engineering and malware investigation. Prerequisite: Applied BAS degree students only.

  • CYBR 330 - Endpoint Security

    This course will build on students' existing knowledge of common IT resources such as Windows, Linux and network configurations to develop a strong understanding of securing operating systems, applications and network communications. Prerequisite: Applied BAS degree students only.

  • CYBR 410 - Encryption

    This course will introduce students to the basic theories of encryption. It will examine practical application of encryption technologies such as Public Key Infrastructure and cipher concepts. Prerequisite: Applied BAS degree students only.

Career Opportunities for BAS IST Graduates

  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Network and Computer System Administrator
  • Software Developer

Get Credit for Your Experience with Prior Learning Assessment

Accelerate your time to degree completion with Prior Learning. Community Colleges of Spokane values the college-level knowledge students may have acquired outside the traditional college classroom. You may have acquired this knowledge through your past work, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences.

Meet the Instructors

Max Josquin
Information Systems Computer Science Department Chair
(509) 533-3796

Max Josquin has been a computer science/information instructor and department chair (for the last 14 years) at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) since 1998. Prior to his employment at SFCC, he worked in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, as a system/network administrator for the School District 271 (Coeur d’Alene School District), technical consultant for Worldwide Packet in Spokane, business owner, instructor at North Idaho College, instructor at Eastern Washington University, and instructor at the French-Japanese Institute of Tokyo for the French Ministry of Culture. Mr. Josquin recently received (co-pi) an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). One of the team’s project goal is to increase the enrollment and retention of female students in the Information Technology (IT) program at SFCC.

Brady Nielsen
ISIT Instructor
(509) 533-3434

Brady Nielsen has more than 20 years of full-time IT industry experience including the last 8 as an information security professional and 6 as a college instructor. He is passionate about information security keeping his ties to the community by volunteering as an officer in the local ISSA chapter. He has an MBA from Gonzaga University and MS in Information Assurance with a concentration in Cybersecurity from Regis University.

Ron Price
ISIT Instructor
(509) 533-3906

Ron Price has been involved with information systems and computer science since 1965. In this time, he has held a variety of positions, including machine operator, programmer, systems analyst, trainer, manager, instructor, consultant and executive. His experience includes over 20 years in Washington community and technical colleges. His teaching experience includes courses in Associates, Bachelors, and graduate-level degree programs. In addition, Ron is a best-selling author (under the pen name of “Ron Gilster”) with 45 books and numerous articles for major technical, education and certification publishers.

Apply Now

Are you interested in applying for the Bachelors of Applied Science in Information Systems and Technology program? That’s great! Here are the basic steps for applying:

Do you meet the admission requirements?

Make sure you qualify for the program before starting the application process. Check the GPA requirements and prerequisites listed above under program details. Still not sure if your A.A.S. or A.A. qualifies? Give us a call (509-533-3522) or send us an email and we will make sure you're all set.

Have you submitted your SFCC general application?

The application to the BAS Cyber Security is in addition to the general SFCC application. Apply to SFCC now.

Submit the BAS Cyber Security application.

Contact us via email or phone (509-533-3522) to request the BAS application.

Quick Facts

Degree Types: Bachelors

Length: 2 Years (With completed AA or AAS)

Total Credits: 90 (+90 credits from AA or AAS totaling 180)

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Classes Start: Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter

Location: SFCC campus, evening and hybrid courses

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

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Questions? Looking for specific details? Contact us now:

Bachelor of Applied Science
(509) 533-3522

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