Academic Program Mission Statement:
The evolution of technology, computer science, criminal justice and terrorism studies has given way to an emerging and fascinating field – Cybersecurity. This interdisciplinary, strategically-focused degree guides students along a path of risk assessment, incident responsiveness, vulnerability reductions, homeland and terroristic threat reduction and the creation and maintenance of a secure and stable information and communications infrastructure, as well as an understanding of policy, diplomacy and counterintelligence and counterterrorism threat analysis. Students who select this path are interested in studying and analyzing network security, cyber vandalism (hacking), systems security, intel analytics and more. The B.S. in Cybersecurity provides students with a strong foundation for careers in the corporate ICT security, local and federal government, law enforcement and non-profit sectors. This is a future-focused career choice with possibilities in economic crime, international crime and global communications
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the rationales associated with various cyber-attacks and computer forensic processes. This includes the importance of search warrants and chain of custody in investigations and an assessment of federal and state laws that affect how governments and organizations deal with information security.
- Plan and protect an organization's critical information and assets by using cyber security best practices and risk management through the enterprise.
- Formulate, update and effectively communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies, plans for security architecture (consisting of tools and techniques to detect and prevent network penetration), designs of effective cybersecurity countermeasures and policies using analyzed digital evidence to detect intruder activity on systems.
- Demonstrate the integration of continuous monitoring and real-time security solutions with business and network services solutions.
- Demonstrate the ability to create solutions to cybersecurity problems in industry, government or academia appropriate to their levels of professional experience.
- Analyze the impact of cybersecurity on society, and exhibit ethical decision-making based on knowledge of the ethical, social and professional responsibilities of their work.
Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
CS105 Computer Science I
CS106 Computer Science II
CS155 Introduction to Website Development and the Internet
CS114/CJ114 Intro to Cybersecurity, Criminal Justice, and Law
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
MH218 Discrete Math
CS225 Concepts in Networking
CS360 Principles of Computer Security
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective
CJ311 Terrorism and National Security
CS308 Database Systems
CS313 Embedded Systems Programming
CS333 Linux Administration
CS435 Practical Cyber Defense
CS450 Network Defense and Firewalls
LW320 Cyber Law and Policy
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
CS420 Wireless Data Communications
CS433/CJ433 Computer Crime Investigation
CS440 Computer Forensics and Ethics
CS490 Capstone I: Proposal and Prospectus
CS492 Capstone II: Development and Implementation
CS499 Computer Science Internship or CS498 Computer Science Thesis
SS305 Global Issues
200-level (or higher) Arts and Science Elective
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 122
* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.