CIT, Information Technology Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Applied Technology



The Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Information Technology with an emphasis on Cybersecurity is meticulously crafted to address the escalating complexity and volume of cyber threats in today’s digital world. This program not only aims to furnish students with the theoretical underpinnings of cyber security principles but also ensures they acquire hands-on experience in cutting-edge practices and technologies. The curriculum spans from basic IT fundamentals to sophisticated cybersecurity strategies, including ethical hacking, digital forensics, and encryption technologies. Given the program's comprehensive nature, students are uniquely prepared to navigate and mitigate the risks associated with cyber threats, making them invaluable assets to any organization in the digital age. The College plans to begin the BAT in Information Technology with an emphasis on Cybersecurity in fall 2024 pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The cybersecurity domain offers a wide array of career paths due to the universal need for data protection and threat mitigation across various sectors. The program's graduates are primed for success in high-demand roles such as Security Operations Center (SOC) Analysts, who play a crucial role in protecting an organization's information systems and infrastructure from cyber threats; Network Security Engineers, who design secure network infrastructures; Information Security Managers, who oversee organizational security strategies; and Penetration Testers, who identify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited maliciously. The program's broad and in-depth coverage of cyber security concepts ensures that graduates can adapt to various roles, making significant contributions to protecting digital assets in industries ranging from finance and health care to government and beyond. The escalating number of cyber incidents underscores the critical need for skilled professionals, positioning graduates for rapid career advancement and leadership opportunities in cybersecurity.

Earning Potential

The cybersecurity field not only offers a wide range of career opportunities but also promises substantial earning potential, reflective of the critical nature of the work and the skills required to perform it. As the volume and sophistication of cyber threats continue to grow, so does the demand for skilled professionals capable of countering these threats. This heightened demand directly translates to competitive compensation packages for cybersecurity professionals. The program's emphasis on current technologies and practices, coupled with preparation for key industry certifications, positions graduates to command higher salaries. Earnings vary based on geographic location, experience, and the specific sector of employment, but the trajectory for career growth and salary advancement in cybersecurity is among the most favorable of all IT disciplines.


South Campus


In the cybersecurity field, hard skills are paramount, and the program places a strong emphasis on developing expertise in critical areas such as network security, penetration testing, and incident response. Students gain proficiency in using state-of-the-art security tools and technologies, preparing them for real-world cybersecurity challenges. The program also guides students towards obtaining industry-recognized certifications, including, but not limited to, CISSP, CEH, and CompTIA Security+, which are invaluable for career advancement. These certifications not only validate the skills and knowledge of the graduates but also enhance their marketability in a competitive job landscape. Through a combination of rigorous coursework, practical experience, and certification preparation, the program ensures that graduates are well-equipped to enter the cybersecurity workforce and excel.


San Jacinto College invites applications for its Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity (BAT-IT-CYB), designed for individuals aiming to advance their expertise in the dynamic field of cybersecurity. This comprehensive program is tailored for those with an associate degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Cybersecurity or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Candidates must have completed specific cybersecurity coursework, ensuring readiness for the program's advanced topics.

The application process includes:

  • Submitting official transcripts.
  • Fulfilling college admission requirements.
  • Attending a mandatory orientation.
  • Participating in an information session.

Additionally, applicants must undergo a transfer credit evaluation to align previous academic achievements with the BAT-IT-CYB curriculum. The program, encompassing 120 credit hours, integrates 60 credit hours from the associate degree in cybersecurity or closely related information technology program with 60 further credit hours within the BAT program, including 36 upper-level cybersecurity classes.

Prospective students should note the importance of an Ethical Obligation form and the departmental review process, which assesses the applicability of prior coursework. With tuition rates equivalent to associate-level classes, excluding additional fees for materials and certifications, this program offers a valuable opportunity for those seeking to enhance their cybersecurity skills and career prospects. Applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions office directly, the Senior Director of Cybersecurity Programs, or the Dean of Business and Technology at the South campus for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSE 1329 Programming Logic and Design 3
ITNW 1325
Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
or CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
ITSY 1342 Information Technology Security 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Second Term
ITSC 1316
Linux Installation and Configuration
or UNIX Operating System I
ITSE 1302 Computer Programming 3
ITSY 2300 Operating System Security 3
ITNW 2353
Advanced Routing and Switching
or CCNA 2: Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
or College Algebra
Second Year
First Term
ITNW 1354
Implementing and Supporting Servers
or Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
ITSY 2301 Firewalls and Network Security 3
ITSY 2341 Security Management Practices 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) 3
Component Area Option 3
Second Term
ITSY 2342 Incident Response and Handling 3
ITSY 2343 Computer System Forensics 3
ITSY 2345 Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
ENGL 2311
Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Third Year
First Term
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) with lab 4
CYBR 3320 Digital and Device Forensics 3
CSIS 3313 Information Security Standards, Risk Management, and Compliance 3
CSIS 3353 Cyber Law and the Legal System 3
EDUC 1100
Learning Framework
or Learning Framework
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
Second Term
Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
CYBR 3340 Cyber Crime 3
ITCS 3350 Project Management for Cybersecurity 3
CYBR 3371 Industrial Control System Security 3
American History 3
Fourth Year
First Term
American History 3
ITCS 4315 Cybersecurity Incident Response Team 3
CYBR 4310 Penetration Testing 3
CSIS 4323 IT Security Auditing 3
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) with lab 4
Second Term
CYBR 4320 Cyber Defense Operations 3
CYBR 4350 Senior Project 3
CYBR 4330 Virtualization and Cloud Security 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
 Total Credits120