Students in computer information technology class

Degree and Certificate Information

The Cybersecurity and Defense A.A.S. Degree

The Cybersecurity and Defense A.A.S. degree at COD provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles of cybersecurity and covers a variety of topics, including computers and justice studies, homeland security, networks, routing and switching, servers and virtualization. The program consists of a minimum of 64 credits in General Education, degree program and elective requirements. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified for entry-level employment in a variety of positions in information systems.

The Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate

The Cybersecurity Specialist certificate provides a foundation in basic principles of cybersecurity. It covers function of networks, operating systems, and security principles. The Cybersecurity Certificate prepares students for employment in entry level position in information systems. Go to page 3 of the CIT Certificates Catalog listing.

Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Training Program

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), College of DuPage can issue a certificate on the behalf of the NSA/DHS confirming a student's competency in a set of core knowledge units designated as a requirement by NSA/DHS in the area of Information Assurance and Cyber Defense. These core knowledge units include:

  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Scripting
  • Cyber Defense
  • Cyber Threats
  • Fundamental Security Design Principles
  • IA Fundamentals
  • Intro to Cryptography
  • IT Systems Components
  • Networking Concepts
  • Policy, Legal, Ethics and Compliance
  • System Administration 

Contact Information

Dr. Felix Davis, Coordinator, CIT Program
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1536, (630) 942-2134

Tony Chen, CIT Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1F09, (630) 942-2537

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E13, (630) 942-2081

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592