Department of Technology

BS in Cybersecurity

As the Internet increasingly becomes a tool in both corporate and government arenas, the need for cybersecurity increases as well, and with it, the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals. One of the fastest growing job markets, demand for cybersecurity professionals over the past five years grew 3.5 times faster than demand for other IT jobs and about 12 times faster than all other jobs. According to the Department of Labor, demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government invest more heavily in cybersecurity to protect vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack.

The B.S. degree in cybersecurity (BSCS) is relevant to the rapidly changing landscape of information security. The techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information systems in local and more broadly based domains will be covered. Hands-on learning is an integral part of the B.S. in cybersecurity both in the classroom and in the department's virtual lab. Students gain experience in defending simulated cybersecurity attacks and develop skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Minimum number of credits required for the degree: 121

University Core Curriculum Requirements
College Writing
EYE 112 Built Environment
Quantitative Reasoning: MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics
Creative Expression
Cultural Interpretation
Socio-cultural Analysis: ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECO 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Science Exploration: PHY 101, 102 Introductory Physics and Lab or PHY 111, 114 Elements of Physics I and Lab or CHY 113, 114 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab or BIO 101, 102 Biological Foundations and Lab
Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship: PHI 235 Philosophy, Social Media, and Security
Diversity
International
Engaged Learning
Core Electives: Thematic Cluster in Professional Practices recommended
Capstone: ITT 460 Capstone

Departmental Requirements: Foundational Courses
ITP 210 Technical Writing
ITP 230 Project Management
ITP 250 Management Information Systems
ITP 350 Leadership, Teambuilding and Facilitation
MAT 108 College Algebra
MAT 145 Discrete Math

Departmental Requirements: Technical Courses
ITT 181 Computing Technologies
ITT 200 Introduction to Cybersecurity
ITT 272 Networking I
ITT 362 Operating Systems Security
ITT 373 Networking II
ITT 376 Network Defense
ITT 383 Databases
ITT 385 Integrative Programming
ITT 413 Ethical Hacking
ITT 451 Cyber Laws, Policies, and Ethics
ITT 482 Computer Systems Forensics
COS 160 Structured Programming: Java
COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory
COS 161 Algorithms in Programming
COS 184 Python Programming
COS 285 Data Structures
STH 440 Internship

Technical Electives: COS or CYB or ITT (9 credits)

General Electives (6 credits)

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