The Information Technology Cybersecurity program combines systems administration fundamentals with the requisite security concepts and effective practices required to implement, administer, and harden operating systems.

(Program Video: LBCC Career Technical Education, Cybersecurity)


Information Technology Cybersecurity, Associate in Science (AS)
Information Technology Cybersecurity, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
Cyber Security, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)

Cybersecurity Program Introduction

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

Computer Hardware Fundamentals

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Networking Fundamentals

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COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals

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COSN 206
Scripting Fundamentals

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COSN 253
Security in Amazon Web Services

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COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

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COSS 272
Computer Forensics and Investigation

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COSS 273
Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures

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View Course Descriptions on LBCC College Catalog.


Professor Garrett Whelan talked in-depth about some of the educational opportunities available to LBCC’s students at Cybersecurity Guide’s Expert Interviews Podcast.

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This program prepares you for entry-level positions in information technology, cybersecurity, networking, and help desk. Some example job titles may include: 

  • Help Desk Associate 
  • Desktop Support
  • Network Administrator 
  • Windows Administrator 
  • Linux Administrator 
  • IT Analyst Level 1 
  • Cybersecurity Specialist 
  • Cybersecurity Auditor 
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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What Industry Certifications does this program prepare me for? 

Not all of our classes map directly to an industry certification but many classes do. A partial list would include: 

Course Code/Name Industry Certifications
COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

CompTIA Security+ 

Networking Fundamentals

CompTIA Network+ 

Computer Hardware Fundamentals

CompTIA A+ 

COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals

Linux Professional Institute Level 1 

Check out more Industry Certifications offered by the COS department.

    What classes should I take to get started?

    Your first semester you should take COSA 50, COSN 10, and COSN 5, to establish the foundations that you will use throughout the rest of the program.

    What can I do to protect my computer system? 

    Please visit our Cyber Defense Center and discover great tips for Cyber Defense.

    How long does it take to complete the program?

    Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

    Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

    How much does the program cost?

    Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work-Study information.

    Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?


    Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

    How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings?

    To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

    For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

    How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

    You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Read how to apply for graduation and receive your degree or certificate for more details.