Computer Science (Cybersecurity Option) AS


Secure the Network, and Your Future. HCCC Offers a Complete Cybersecurity Program for You.

National Security Agency Logo and US Department of Homeland Security Logo - The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated Hudson County Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) HCCC's ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure

Designation, Validation & Certificates

Hudson County Community College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE -CD) for the validated program(s) of study through academic year 2027.

HCCC’s ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.  The National Cyber Strategy, September 2018, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. “A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage.”  “The United States Government will continue to invest in and enhance programs that build the domestic talent pipeline, from primary through postsecondary education.” Education is the key to promoting these ideals.

Designation Certificate


The National Security Agency (NSA) and a committee of academic peers has validated the Computer Science - Cybersecurity Associate in Science (A.S.) for HCCC, through academic year 2027. The Program of Study Validation proves our ability to meet the increasing demands for serving the nation and contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.

Validation Certificate


EC Council Certificate


Computer Science (Cybersecurity Option) A.S.


The graduates of the Associate in Science degree in Computer Science/Cybersecurity are prepared for transfer to four-year institutions to complete bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related fields. The curriculum provides instruction in computer programming on the application and system levels, an understanding of computer hardware organization and architectures, and a working knowledge of network security, Cybersecurity, data communications and local area networks. Students may choose from two tracks, one leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and the other leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science/Cybersecurity.


Complete CSS-100.

CSS-100 College Student Success

Complete the following courses:


ENG-101 College Composition I


ENG-102 College Composition II

Complete the following courses:

MAT-111 Calculus I
MAT-112 Calculus II
MAT-114 Introduction Probabilities and Statistics

Complete the following course:


Complete the following courses:

ENG-112 Speech
PHL-218 Contemporary Moral Issues

Complete 1 Social Science Elective:

Complete 1 Humanities or Social Science Elective:

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Spotlight on Students and Alumni

Our Cybersecurity students and alumni are enthusiastic about their experiences at HCCC. Continue reading to see what they have to say.
Stephen Cronin
There are no other institutions that offer this cutting-edge knowledge at such an affordable and accessible level, right here in our community.
Stephen Cronin
Computer Science (Cybersecurity Option) AS Graduate, 2020
Stephen expressed that his Cybersecurity classes at HCCC, specifically Network Security and Ethical Hacking, gave him the skills and knowledge to be successful at a four-year university and in the industry. He strongly recommends HCCC’s Cybersecurity program to anyone who is interested in a career in technology or information security.

Looking for Cybersecurity Resources?

Cybersecurity Center

The Cybersecurity Center provides program guidance and oversight, general cyber defense information, collaboration and outreach opportunities among students, faculty, and other departments in our institution, and others.

Interested in gaining professional experience while studying Cybersecurity Option?

Year Up Option (Computer Science)

Year Up is perfect for any young adult who wants to gain professional experience while earning college credits for Cybersecurity Option.

Additional Program Information

Upon successful completion of the Cybersecurity A.S. Program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of data communication concepts, computer vulnerabilities, forms of cyberattacks, countermeasures and methods of securing computer networks.
  2. Analyze and identify potential intrusions and risks in a computing environment.  
  3. Apply Cybersecurity skills, experiences and training to scenarios from commercial business, law enforcement and government.
  4. Implement the Cybersecurity policies procedures and protocols in any computing environment that comply with legal and regulatory requirements.
  5. Employ techniques to identify investigate and mitigate cyber fraud.

Labs can be performed from any computer, any place and at any time via a virtual environment. Labs prepare students for professional certifications and industrial requirements. Examples of Cybersecurity labs:

  • Incident Response Procedures, Forensics, and Forensic Analysis
  • Crafting and Deploying Malware Using a Remote Access Trojan (RAT)
  • Social Engineering Using SET
  • Breaking WEP and WPA and Decrypting the Traffic
  • Patching, Securing Systems, and Configuring Anti-Virus
  • Using Active Directory in the Enterprise
  • Using Public Key Encryption to Secure Messages




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Faisal Aljamal

263 Academy Street, Room S405A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4746

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263 Academy Street, Room S204
Jersey City, NJ 07306
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