The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity prepares the student for a career using information technology tools to solve cybersecurity problems and to provide organizations with strategic advantages in securing cyberspace.

The cybersecurity major prepares students for possible careers as computer and application security analyst, digital forensic investigator, web security specialist, network security auditor, mobile and wireless security programmer, and cybersecurity compliance professional.

Program Mission

The mission of the Cybersecurity program is to produce graduates who demonstrate technical proficiency and those essential cybersecurity skills necessary to successfully develop and transition new technologies, tools, and threat mechanisms to protect organizational critical systems and infrastructure.

Program Educational Objectives

The Cybersecurity program will produce graduates who, within three to five years of graduation, will:

  1. engage and provide leadership in analytical problem-solving in the cybersecurity environment;
  2. apply and communicate cybersecurity knowledge and practices effectively and professionally and engage in lifelong learning experiences; and
  3. demonstrate strong ethical decision-making and a commitment to service to society and to the cybersecurity profession.

Student Outcomes

Each Cybersecurity graduate will demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the cybersecurity program’s goals and to the cybersecurity discipline;
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet the administration of cyber security requirements;
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  5. An ability to apply ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities;
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  8. An ability to engage in, continuing professional development;
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for cybersecurity practices;
  10. An ability to support and integrate the use, delivery, and management of security to protect the cyber infrastructure;
  11. An ability to demonstrate proficiency in supporting the delivery and management of cybersecurity laws and compliance across cyberspace.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 122 semester hours for completion.

University Core Courses (38 Credit Hours)

College and Life Skills

  • FMU101 University 101

Orientation to the Disciplines

  • CMT102 Critical Thinking for the Information Age

Communications

  • ENG102 College Writing II
  • COM103 Introduction to Public Speaking

Technology

  • CSC101 Introduction to Computers

Quantitative Reasoning

  • MAT 111 College Algebra

Society and Global Inquiry I (HUM/VPA)

  • ___ 200 Humanities/Visual and Performing Arts

Society and Global Inquiry II (SSC)

  • ___ 200 Social/Behavioral Science

Religion and Philosophical Inquiry

  • REL, PHI Religion or Philosophy

World Languages

  • ___ 202 SPA, FRE, ARA, CHI, PTG, LAN

African Diaspora and the World

  • HIS 103/104 African American History

Scientific Inquiry

  • ___ BIO, PHY, CHE, ENV
  • ___ BIO, PHY, CHE (include lab)

Foundational Major Courses (33 Credit Hours)

  • CSC211 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • CSC230 Computer Programming I
  • CSC330 Computer Programming II
  • CSC333 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CSC341 Computer Organization
  • CSC345 Web Technology
  • CSC360 Computer Operating Systems
  • CSC375 Network and Data Communication
  • CSC483 Database Concepts and Design
  • CSC490 Computer Ethics and Society
  • CSC493 Computer Security

Advanced Major Courses (27 Credit Hours)

  • CSC355 Web Programming & Design I
  • CSC446 Cybersecurity Management & Compliance
  • CSC424 Computer Forensics
  • CSC462 Cryptography
  • CSC487 Database (SQL) Programming
  • CSC494 Software Project Development
  • CSC467 Cybersecurity Implementation
  • CSC460 Senior Project (Capstone Course)
  • CSC467 Cybersecurity Implementation

Advanced Electives Major Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • CSC455 Web Programming & Design II
  • CSC385 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSC405 Programming Languages
  • CSC430 Computer Programming III
  • CSC475 Complexity & Analysis of Algorithms
  • CSC498 Cooperative Education in CS I
  • CSC499 Cooperative Education in CS II

Quantitative Methods and Statistics Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • MAT200 Applied Calculus
  • MAT205 Probability and Statistics
  • MAT210 Discrete Mathematics

Electives Courses (6 Credit Hours)

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