Associate’s Program in Cybersecurity and Computer Networks

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The number of cybersecurity threats is on the rise, and the energy industry is a prime target. Bismarck State College’s online degree program combines system administration fundamentals with a foundation in cybersecurity concepts. Classes focus on best practices to implement, administer, and secure operating systems and computer networks.

Course Information

CIS 128 Microcomputer Hardware I

CIS 147 Principles of Information Security

CIS 212 Microsoft Windows Operating System Client

CIS 164 Networking Fundamentals I (Required)

CIS 165 Networking Fundamentals II

CIS 185 Introduction to Programming

CIS 216 Implementing a Microsoft Windows Network Infrastructure

CIS 255 Computer and Network Security

CIS 107 Linux Fundamentals

CIS 214 Implementing a Microsoft Windows Active Directory Infrastructure

CIS 267 Intermediate Networking I

CIS 274 Cybersecurity Operations)

CIS 223 Linux System Administration

CIS 268 Intermediate Networking II

CIS 269 Cybersecurity and Computer Networks Capstone

CIS 197/297 Cooperative Education/Internship

CIS 282 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense

This degree program combines system administration fundamentals with a foundation in cybersecurity concepts. Classes focus on best practices to implement, administer, and secure operating systems as well as computer networks.

Our students experience real-life scenarios through hands-on labs and simulations that are constructed based on feedback from the local cybersecurity community and continually adapted to today’s changing world. Not only do we teach security concepts and technologies, we also teach the information technology component that goes with it. Upon graduation, you will be ready to use your knowledge and skills in the workforce.

The curriculum contains core classes in computer hardware, Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, security, and programming. Students may have the opportunity to earn college credit for cooperative education or internship opportunities with local businesses.

All classes in the program can be taken online or on campus. We continue to evolve our advanced instructional methodologies to complement cutting-edge and remote learning technologies, providing our students with synchronous, virtual classroom environments. Our flexible, online and/or on-campus courses make it easier to achieve your educational goals.

Students can complete the program in two or three years, depending upon prior preparation in Math, English, and Computers.

Students are required to have their own modern computers while completing classes in the program. On-campus students will need a laptop for class use, while online students may use a laptop or desktop system. Minimum computer specifications can be found at

Students who complete the Cybersecurity and Computer Networks curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.

BSC Cybersecurity and Computer Networks students can enhance their degree by obtaining industry-standard certification including A+, Linux+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CCENT, CCNA Routing & Switching, CCNA Cyber Ops, MCSA, MCSE, and CEH.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Learn more about Bismarck State College’s Interactive Learning Tools (ILTs) to enhance training. The Water & Wastewater ILTs focus on the operation of  various types of equipment within water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Bismarck State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit the accreditation page for more details.

All courses are delivered asynchronous and offered 24/7.

The majority of courses are 3-5 weeks long.

Plan to spend approximately 15-20 hours a week working on a course.

You can start anytime during the year.

You choose your education journey. You can take an individual course, a certificate program or pursue a degree. If you are degree seeking, official transcripts will be required and placement tests may need to be completed. 

Visit the tuition page here. If you/your company is not an EPCE member, learn more about becoming an EPCE member company and or individual member.

Yes, you can receive college credit for a variety of approved previous learning accomplishments. Explore your options with the BSC advisor. 

Contact your Human Resources department to see if courses/programs qualify.  

To get started, you will need to complete the application process . The admissions process typically takes 1 – 3 weeks.

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Have questions about earning your certificate?
Get in touch with Bismarck State’s program advisor.

Contact the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE)
701-224-5651 • 800-852-5685
[email protected]

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