Computer Information Systems BS with Cybersecurity Minor

*This Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) Department program is pending approval by the National Security Agency.

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Pursuing the Cyber Defense Designation

The National Security Agency (NSA) is in the process of evaluating the Program of Study (POS), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems with the Cybersecurity minor, for designation in the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) program for Cyber Defense (CD). The CAE Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions that offer cyber degrees that also demonstrate that it engages in significant community involvement, academic activities, and institutional practices in cybersecurity.

Program Details

Completing the Program of Study

Students must satisfy these requirements to earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems with Cybersecurity Minor. When earned, students will receive official documentation recognizing their completion of the NSA Validated Program of Study.

Program Learning Outcomes for Cybersecurity Minor

  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic threats, attacks and vulnerabilities that exist in today’s digital world
  • create a virtual secure environment to practice with basic networking, password cracking and security tools
  • demonstrate secure programming techniques
  • articulate basic cryptography techniques from the past and from today’s world
  • gain a basic understanding of security and compliance laws, cyber security opportunities and job market

Program Learning Outcomes for Computer Information Systems BS

  • understand the roles of information systems in organizations and be able to use these systems for organizational process improvements
  • develop information systems that achieve the goals of the organization, while identifying and evaluating sourcing alternatives
  • understand and be able to address the information requirements of organizations, including data security and risk management
  • understand the opportunities created by technology innovations and how these impact organizations
  • understand the design and management of the enterprise architecture and infrastructure
  • have a basic level of competency in programming, logic skills and computer literacy

Course Requirements for Cybersecurity Minor

Course Number Course Name Credits
CSCI 102 Computer Fundamentals for Cyber Security 4
CSCI 157 Introduction to Algorithmic Thinking in Python 4
CSCI 402 Cyber Security Principles 4
CSCI 410 Digital Forensics 4
CSCI 432 Network and Systems Security 4
  Total Credits: 20

Course Requirements for Computer Information Systems Major

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I: Financial 3
CIS 252 Introduction to Information Systems 4
CIS 301 Introduction to Computer Programming in Business 4
CIS 320 Information Technology: Hardware and Software Systems 4
CIS 421 Networks and Infrastructure 4
CIS 440 Issues in Computer Security 4
CIS 455W Database Programming 4
CIS 462W Applied Software Development Project 4
ECON 214 Principles of Microeconomics 3
FIN 301 Financial Management 4
MGT 201W Foundations of Management 4
MKT 201W Introduction to Marketing 4
ENGL 230W Workplace Writing 4
MATH 177 Quantitative Business Analysis 4
MATH 248 Business Statistics I 4
  and two additional courses in computer information systems or computer science at the 300-level or above. 8
  Total Credits: 66

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