120 credit hours

Building on a strong networking and operating systems foundation that provides students with the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in cybersecurity, the BAT in Cybersecurity provides students with a hands-on program covering multiple aspects of cybersecurity including penetration testing, defensive operations, basic cryptography, privacy, cybercrime, and cyber policy.


Admission to the BAT-Cybersecurity Program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the BAT-Cybersecurity Program. Registration into upper division courses is by departmental permission only. Information and applications may be obtained from the BAT-Cybersecurity website: http://www.collin.edu/department/cybersecurity/index.html.  

  • Complete an associate degree in Information Security/Information Systems Cybersecurity (AAS) or closely related degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Complete an application for admission to Collin College
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities
  • Once a CWID has been provided, complete a Request for Transfer Credit Evaluation (in Cougarweb under Home Tab)
  • Complete departmental admissions requirements per departmental communication
  • Attend the mandatory BAT-Cybersecurity student orientation prior to enrollment
  • Submit a completed Ethical Obligation form prior to enrollment

The academic records of students completing the admissions requirements will be reviewed by the department for specific coursework that can be transferred into Collin College and applied toward the BAT-Cybersecurity degree program. Students will either be admitted into the BAT program or not admitted into the BAT program and directed to work with academic advisors to devise a plan for how to complete the required coursework necessary to be admitted to the BAT program.

Many CPMT, ITCC, ITMT, ITNW (except ITNW 2374), ITSC and ITSY courses are offered in eight-week express sessions.
First Semester
CPMT  1305 IT Essentials I: PC Hardware and Software
ENGL  1301 Composition I
ITNW  1358 Network+
ITSY  1371 OSINT and Introductory Security Analysis
ITSY   2300 Operating System Security 
Second Semester 
ITCC  1314 CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
ITSC  1316 Linux Installation and Configuration
ITSY  1300 Fundamentals of Information Security
ITSY  1372 Cyber-Psychology and the Effects of Emerging Technology
ITSY   2301 Firewalls and Network Security Design
First Semester
ITCC  1344 CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials (SRWE)
ITSY   2330 Intrusion Detection
MATH  1342 Elementary Statistical Methods (See Mathematics options)
SPCH  1321 Business and Professional Communication (See Speech options)
Second Semester 
ECON  2302 Principles of Microeconomics (See Social/Behavioral Sciences options)
ITSC  1342 Shell Programming - Scripting
ITSY   2341 Security Management Practices
ITSY   2343 Computer System Forensics
PHIL  2303 Introduction to Formal Logic (See Humanities options)
First Semester
CYBR  3310 Introduction to Cryptography
CYBR  3320 Digital and Device Forensics
CYBR  3330 Advanced Network Topologies and Protocols
CYBR  3340 Cyber Crime
ENGL  2311 Technical and Business Writing (See Communications options) 
Second Semester 
CYBR  3350 Cyber Privacy
CYBR  3360 Mobile Technologies
CYBR  4310 Penetration Testing
GOVT  2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics)
PHYS  1415 Physical Science I (See Life & Physical Sciences options)
First Semester
CYBR  4320 Cyber Defense Operations
CYBR  4330 Virtualization and Cloud Security
CYBR  4340 Information Assurance
ENVR  1401 Environmental Science I (See Life & Physical Sciences options)
HIST  1301 United States History I (See American History options)
Second Semester 
CYBR  4350 Senior Project
GOVT  2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution and topics)
HIST  1302 United States History II (See American History options)
KINE  1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness (See Collin options)
GEN ED  Creative Arts course
* Elective (3 credit hours): ITSY 2572 (recommended) or any ITCC, ITMT, ITNW, or ITSY course not listed above.