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Cyber Security Major

The cyber security major prepares individuals for a career as a security professional. This curriculum prepares students for success in IT Security, Cyber Security, Information Assurance, and Information Security Systems Security. It is designed for students with some background in computers. If you do not have a computer background, it is required that you take ITE 102 Introduction to Computer Science and it is recommended that you take ITE 101 Management Information Systems before taking ITE 145.

Major Requirements

This major contains courses in both Information Technology and Computer Science. Please review those sections for more information on the courses below.

ITE 102: Introduction to Computer Science 3 cr
ITE 220: Networking and Data Communications 3 cr
ITE 145: Fundamentals of Information Systems Security 3 cr
CSS 146: Legal Issues in Information Security 3 cr
CSS 230: Managing Risk in Information Systems 3 cr

CSS 245: Security Policies & Implementation

3 cr


CSS 345: Auditing IT Infrastrucuture for Compliance

CSS 346: Access Controls, Authentication and PKI

CSS 347: Security Strategies in Windows OS/Applications

CSS 348: Security Strategies in Linux OS/Applications

CSS 435: Fundamentals of Network Security

CSS 436: Systems Forensics, Investigations and Response

CSS 437: Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling

CSS 438: Security Strategies for Web Apps and Social Networking


15 cr
CSS 490: Capstone 3 cr


Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a major in cyber security will be able to:

  1. Explain the landscape, key terms, and concepts related to the many layers of information systems security.
  2. Explore and explain the fields in digital forensics and cyber policy analysis.
  3. Create policies and standard operating procedures for organizations that are ethically, morally, and legally sound while recognizing ethical dilemmas and social responsibilities.
  4. Identify and critically assess issues and concepts related to the protection of information and information systems.
  5. Use risk management principles to assess threats, vulnerabilities, countermeasures and impact contributions at risk in information systems.
  6. Illustrate and explain fundamental architectures of networks and the Internet, as well as their underlying principles.