Bellevue College Cybersecurity

Bellevue College has created a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Cybersecurity to address employers’ need for systems administrators and security analysts. The application window for the fall 2022 BAS program is now open.

The program will provide students with skills for careers that include network and computer systems administration, computer systems analyst, information security analyst, and IT consultant, according to a news release from Bellevue College (BC).

The curriculum will be updated annually to meet industry and business demands. Students will learn how to monitor and maintain system security solutions, including legal, regulatory, and internal compliance solutions, and how to translate security policy into technical architectures. The program will prepare students for system administration tasks which include interoperation, automation, virtualization, and storage, the release said.

The program provides a pathway to the bachelor’s degree for students with two-year technical associate degrees in IT. The existing Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Network Services and Computing Systems at Bellevue College prepares students for admission into the BAS in Cybersecurity program, BC said.

After completing the AAS-T, students can apply all 90 credits toward the 180-credit BAS program. It typically takes an additional two years for students to complete the remaining bachelor’s coursework at a full-time status. Students from programs outside Bellevue College may qualify for admission into the BAS in Cybersecurity program by transferring or completing a minimum of 65 prerequisite credits, the college added. 

“BC’s decision to create this program was based in part on findings by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that a bachelor’s degree is now considered the minimum level of education for a variety of IT occupations, including cybersecurity,” program manager Alysa Kelsey said in the release. “As a result, more students, along with existing IT professionals interested in this growing field, will need to continue their education at the bachelor’s level.”

Students interested in the program can contact Kelsey at alysa.kelsey@bellevuecollege.edu.