Cyber Security

The study of Cyber Security provides students with limitless opportunities in the Information Security workforce. With current technologies integrated into the Cyber Security curriculum, connections with area employers, and skills gained from cyber competitions, the Cyber Security program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) prepares students like you for success!

CBC Cyber Security Program

You may be interested in a career in Cyber Security if you:

  • Enjoy solving complex problems and designing solutions
  • Express creativity through the use of an ever-expanding set of tools
  • Enjoy competing against fellow students in real-world scenarios
  • Are fascinated in finding solutions against hackers and to mitigate everyday cyber vulnerabilities

Our connections extend beyond the classroom and facilitate internships, as well as contests where students can earn awards of recognition and volunteer work in the community to enhance holistic growth. Students can also build new connections of their own within our thriving extra-curricular clubs run by students like you.

 Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Career Launch Program Endorsement Start your path at CBC with the fundamental skills you'll need to accomplish your career goals of doing what you love and increasing your income potential by joining this growing industry.

Learn more about our Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cyber Security!

Careers in Cyber Security

There are many opportunities for students to start and advance their careers within cyber security. The career pathway below shows critical jobs within cyber security, frequent transition opportunities between them, and detailed information about the salaries, credentials and skill sets associated with each role.

  • Cyber Security Specialist/Technician

    Cyber Security Specialists/Technicians apply knowledge of cyber security fundamentals to administer, test, implement and coordinate changes to organization network architectures, as well as implement and manage security measures to safeguard them. These jobs lead to Cyber Security Analysts, Cyber Security Consultants and Penetration & Vulnerability Testers.

  • Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator

    Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigators apply or develop actionable intelligence on advanced cyber threats to our services and our customers. Individuals collect data from a variety of internal and external sources and use it to develop an understanding of high-grade actors and their tools, techniques and procedures. They then leverage that understanding to proactively identify and mitigate malicious activity.

  • Incident Analyst/Responder

    Incident Analyst/Responders work closely with key stakeholders and various engineering disciplines during analysis activities in response to changing security threats and requirements. Generally, this position focuses on risk management and threat modeling, providing tangible and meaningful products that describe the threat landscape to the organization based on input, which supports informal documented risk assessments.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Application

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is accredited as a BAS degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This application and guidelines are for applicants who are interested in the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (Optional concentrations: Agriculture, Healthcare Administration)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management (Optional concentration: Construction)

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 For Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, Health Physics, Teacher Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degrees, do NOT use these guidelines and application. Contact each program for the program-specific application.


Applicants must have met the following requirements:

  • Earned at least an associate degree from an academic transfer or career/technical program or completed at least 90 college-level credits from an academic transfer or career/technical program(s) and completed the following prerequisites:

    • At least one 100+ level math course with a minimum grade of 2.0
    • ENGL& 101 or the equivalent course with a minimum grade of 2.0

If you have questions about your eligibility, we strongly encourage you to consult the appropriate program advisor listed on the next page on the above prerequisites as you may have already taken the course(s) or equivalent.

Application Deadline

Each program reviews completed applications and admits new students throughout the academic year. While new applications are continuously reviewed, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early; seats in these classes can become very limited as we approach the beginning of each quarter. In order for your application to be considered, all steps must be completed with the required materials submitted one week prior to the first day of each quarter.

Requirements Checklist

  • Completed online CBC Application for Admission (for new CBC students only)
  • Completed CBC BAS application
  • Official transcript(s)*, sealed, verifying;
    • Your completion of two-year degree and/or all other college credits earned
    • Your completion of the program prerequisites, if applicable
  • Resume (maximum three pages)

*For applicants who are current/past CBC students or CBC graduates: If you already have your academic records at CBC (e.g., CBC courses, courses from other institutions), you are NOT required to submit official transcript(s) with your application. You may submit your application while waiting for your official transcript(s) to arrive. The application will not be processed until the transcript(s) are received. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically through our Washington State Student Management System (SMS), or authorized online service provider.


  1. Complete the online CBC Application for Admission. (Note: if you are a current CBC student you do NOT need to submit a CBC Application for Admission).
  2. Receive CBC Student ID Number via your CBC acceptance email (after your admissions application has been processed).
  3. Submit the BAS Application with all required documents listed in the Requirements Checklist via postal mail or in person.

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Graduate Education Beyond BAS

The graduates of the BAS in Cyber Security / Information Technology programs may choose to pursue master's degrees in the related field of study.

Columbia Basin College has established the articulation agreement with Western Governors University Washington to provide the alumni with a more seamless transition to the graduate degree program. Effective April 2017, students who complete a BAS degree at CBC will also be eligible for enrollment in master's degree programs at Western Governors University Washington.

Check out the programs that CBC BAS graduates are enrolled in (as of June 2020):

    • BAS in Applied Management
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • Master of Arts
      • Elementary Education
      • Elementary Education (K-8)
      • Elementary Education Spec. Eng Lang Learners
      • Government
    • Master Of Education
      • Elementary Education (Leads to initial Teacher Licensure)
      • Secondary Education (Leads to initial Teacher Licensure)
    • Master of Business Administration
      • Business Administration
      • Healthcare Management
      • IT Management
      • Management and Strategy
    • Master of Science
      • Accounting
      • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
      • IN Project Management
      • Management in Leadership
      • Mental Health and Wellness
      • Operations/Project Management
      • Speech-Language Pathology

    • BAS in Cyber Security/BAS in Information Technology
    • Master of Science
      • Computer Science
      • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

    • BAS in Project Management
    • Master of Arts
      • Elementary Education Spec. Special Education
      • Master of Engineering Technology and Technology Management
      • Engineering and Technology MGT

Program Learning Outcomes for Cyber Security

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in Cyber Security with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students graduating with a degree in Cyber Security will be able to:

  1. Protect an organization's critical information and assets by ethically integrating cybersecurity risk management and business continuity best practices throughout an enterprise.
  2. Implement continuous network monitoring and provide real-time security solutions.
  3. Analyze advanced persistent threats and deploy countermeasures and conduct risk and vulnerability.
  4. Formulate, update and communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies.


Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus