The BS program in cybersecurity provides a strong foundation in both networking and computer science and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology and the Department of Computer Science, as well as, support by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students can choose the general option which requires a minor, or pursue one of the in depth concentrations aligned with the content focus areas recommended by the National Security Agency (NSA). This interdepartmental program is designed to prepare students for careers as cybersecurity experts in identifying system vulnerabilities, detecting cyber-attacks, and securing information assets.
Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the Cybersecurity program are to prepare students with and to further attain in their career:
PEO-1: Understanding of fundamental concepts, principles, and practices related to network frameworks and computing systems appropriate for a wide range of careers and/or graduate studies in cybersecurity.
PEO-2: Knowledge and skills to apply fundamental cybersecurity theories, concepts, and applications of computing and networking to identify, analyze, and create solutions to protect and defend computer systems and networks.
PEO-3: Professional work ethics and demonstrated personal responsibility.
PEO-4: Effective oral and writing communication skills and teamwork skills to interact with a broad range of audiences.
PEO-5: Desire for and commitment to continuous professional development and lifelong learning.
Graduates of the Cybersecurity program will have an ability to:
SO-1: Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
SO-2: Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the Cybersecurity program’s discipline.
SO-3: Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
SO-4: Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
SO-5: Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the Cybersecurity program’s discipline.
SO-6: Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.