Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Cyber Security Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program curriculum includes the following areas of instruction:

  • General education courses.
  • Foundational courses provide a building block of knowledge in our cyber security degree.
  • Concentration courses enable students to pursue a specialty within cyber security.
  • Capstone project is the culminating synthesis of learning that includes the areas of leadership, ethics, problem solving, and strategic planning relating to cyber security.

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General Education

Students need to fulfill general education requirements as part of this program, which can be met through prior coursework or the equivalent, or through taking some of the elective options listed below.

  • English Composition • ENGL101 3 credit hours

    This course is devoted chiefly to the principles of written organization, exposition, argumentation, and research.

  • Liberal Arts Mathematics • MATH102 3 credit hours

    An investigation of mathematical concepts and methods with emphasis given to their impact on current and ancient problems. Topics include mathematics of voting systems, basic graph theory including Euler circuits and the traveling salesman problem, the mathematics of population growth, statistics, and finding fair shares. Emphasis is on techniques of problem solving.

  • Science, Technology & Procedures in Forensics Investigations • SCIE202 3 credit hours

    This course will focus on the scientific principles behind the recognition, collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence found at a crime scene. Designed for non-science majors, this course presents the science and technology used by modern forensic professionals and emphasizes practical forensic applications of scientific principles in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and more. Each week the student will have an online lab activity or case study in which to apply the various principles of forensic science covered in the course. Pre-requisites: none.

  • History of the U.S. Constitution • HIST210 3 credit hours

    A study of the political, economic, and social contexts of the creation of the Constitution and the significant amendments to it. Emphasis is on the role of the judicial branch in constitutional matters; the effects of social change in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; and the impact of technology on contemporary constitutional issues.

  • Technology-Mediated Communication • COMM315 3 credit hours

    A study of human communication and the effect of modern technology on it. Students review basic communication theory, including non-verbal and intercultural communication, and then evaluate the impact of technology on the effectiveness and efficiency of communication. Topics include: spoken vs. written communication; synchronous vs. asynchronous communication; the status of world languages on the internet; the impact of social media; modern workplace communication; and trends in the development of communication technology.

  • Elementary Statistics • MATH232 3 credit hours

    This course covers the study of frequency distributions, averages and standard deviations, normal curve, probability, decision-making, sampling techniques, testing hypotheses, chi-square, students-t and F-distributions, correlation, and linear regression. Prerequisite: A college level mathematics course or equivalent as determined by departmental placement testing. This course is not open to students with credit in MA311.

  • Crime in Literature • ENGL250 3 credit hours

    In this course, students read and discuss works of literature that explore the ethical, social, and philosophical implications of criminal behavior and society's response to it. Prerequisite: Either EN102 or approval of the program manager.

  • Comparative Religion • RELG300 3 credit hours

    Based upon myth and built upon ritual, religious thought affects politics, economics, international relations, and security. In this course, you will explore and analyze the similarities and differences among world religions to better understand the impact of belief systems and religious themes on culture, human history, and current affairs. Prerequisites: none.

  • Environmental Science • SCIE301 3 credit hours

    Most of the world’s crucial environmental issues and many regional conflicts are related to the degradation and/or overuse of the Earth’s basic resources, including air and climate, water, soils, and energy. This course will focus on the physical and chemical processes associated with the degradation of these resources, as well as an examination of potential solutions. This course will also address and incorporate two underlying themes to all environmental issues: sustainability and human population dynamics. Pre-requisites: none.

  • Comparative Politics • POLS306 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the basic methods, concepts, and substance of comparative politics and focuses on institutions and behaviors as well as development and modernization theories. Issues covered include: the nature of political systems; the different varieties of democracies and authoritarian regimes; and the impact of geography on the political, economic, and social development of a region.

  • Socio-Economic Studies • ECON310 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will explore tenets and characteristics of various economics systems, analyze economic indicators, conceptualize problems, and recommend possible solutions. Economic factors are explored in the context of the U.S. Army’s Political-Military-Economics-Social Infrastructure-Information Systems framework.

  • Historical Studies • HIST310 3 credit hours

    In this course students will identify strategic considerations which have influenced the outcome of political and military conflict. Topics including the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the campaigns of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the rise and fall of empires around the world.

  • Leadership • MNGT315 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will learn key theoretical models of leadership and strategies for applying them in a range of situations, both military and non-military. You will identify key functions and skills of effective leaders, explore leadership styles through study of selected leaders, and evaluate the role of communication, negotiation, strategy, purpose, and ethics in leadership. You will evaluate your own leadership effectiveness and develop a leadership tool kit.

  • Military Sociology • SOCI330 3 credit hours

    This course provides a sociological perspective of the military as both an institution and as an occupation. It examines the social structure and functions of the military and the social factors that influence behavior in and of the military. In terms of function, it examines the changing purposes of the military in view of changing national and international conditions. In terms of structure, it examines the norms, values, traditions, organizations, and culture of the military. The course will provide insight into the routine life within the military and contemporary issues confronting the military.

  • Introduction to Cultural Competence • SOCI335 3 credit hours

    This course presents key concepts in the study of cultures and explores how culture and cultural contexts and language influence values, expectations, behavior, communication styles, and conflict resolution.

Foundational Courses (36 credits)

Students are required to complete the following courses.

  • Fundamentals of Computer Networking • CYBR201 3 credit hours

    This course is the study of the core theories and protocols that are the foundation of computer networking.  The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), protocol suite are discussed in detail.  This course provides a detailed overview of networking terminology, while examining the different networking topologies and architectures.  Pre-requisites: none.

  • Business & Professional Writing • COMM301 3 credit hours

    A writing-intensive course that focuses on critical business and management documents including organizational and personnel performance reports; business proposals; communications with stakeholders; and marketing instruments. Emphasis is on proper use of the business register; audience analysis; and technology-mediated professional communication. Prerequisite: ENGL101 or its equivalent.

  • Computer Programming with a Low Level Language • CYBR215 3 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of computer programming, using a low-level scripted programming language. This course is designed to provide the skills necessary to understand basic computer architecture, allowing the cyber security specialist to better identify, understand and remove security threats at the machine level.  Pre-requisites: none.

  • Computer Programming with a High Level Language • CYBR210 3 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of computer programming, using a high level scripted programming language. The course will emphasizes design and implementation standards. This course is designed to provide the skills necessary to become an effective cyber security practitioner. Prerequisite: None.

  • Ethics in the Modern World • PHLS210 3 credit hours

    This course is a study of ethics and its application to problems in everyday life, society, and the broader world. The course examines the principal moral theories and ethical systems that have shaped our personal values and behavior, including consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics. Students explore the connections between ethics and religion and examine the challenges to morals posed by relativism, subjectivism and emotivism, egoism. Students also evaluate positions, theories, and arguments as they apply them to concrete matters of personal, socio-political, and global concern.

  • Windows Server Administration • CYBR220 3 credit hours

    This course provides students with the skills necessary to design, implement, manage and protect a Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory Domain.  Students will apply the lessons learned in this course by implementing an Active Directory Domain in a virtual environment. Pre-requisites: none.

  • Linux Administration • CYBR225 3 credit hours

    This course provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to install, configure, upgrade and manage a Linux operating system in an enterprise network. Additionally, students will learn to perform normal business operations using the Linux Operating system.   Pre-requisites: none.

  • Relational Database Management w/ SQL • CYBR230 3 credit hours

    This course covers the fundamental concepts of relational databases and the scripted Structure Query Language (SQL) language used to manage them. Students will learn how to design functional relational databases that conform to industry standards. Prerequisite: None

  • Cyber Law and Cybercrime • CJ341 3 credit hours

    This course includes extensive discussion of the legal constraints, both civil and criminal, that underlie acceptable behavior using computers and networks today. Special emphasis is placed upon the legal issues that affect information security, private and public use of digital forensics, and how information operations are performed.

  • Introduction to Information Assurance • IA340 3 credit hours

    This course provides an overview of design considerations involved with the security of site design. The course will also provide an understanding of the Levels of Trust and system accreditation/certification processes. Life cycle management of software, hardware, and physical plant, from planning through destruction will be examined and reinforced using case studies. Additionally understanding of the variety of security systems involving computers and networks and an ability to evaluate vulnerabilities will be discussed.

  • Management of Information Assurance • IA342 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on management of the information assurance process. Topics include human factors in reducing security breaches, security incident detection and response, remediation, management’s role in information assurance, and other considerations in framing and implementing information assurance policies. The final section reviews current topics of particular interest and activity in the field of information assurance.

  • Management of Organizations • MNGT309 3 credit hours

    A study of the functions of modern management: planning, organization, staffing, leading, and controlling. This study is applicable to the management of military, government, educational and non-profit, as well as business organizations. The ethical and social responsibilities of management and contemporary challenges such as the internationalization of organizations are integrated in all aspects of this course.

Computer Forensics and Vulnerability Management Concentration (18 credits)

The Computer Forensics and Vulnerability Management concentration allows you to develop a comprehensive understanding of forensic processes and cyber security protocols. Coursework will help strengthen your investigatory prowess through hands-on exercises in cyber investigation and vulnerability testing.

  • Introduction to Computer Forensics • CJ442 4 credit hours

    This course provides the student with an ability to perform basic forensic techniques and use appropriate media analysis software. Knowledge of the security, structure and protocols of network operating systems and devices will be covered as students learn to gather evidence in a networked environment and to image and restore evidence properly without destroying its value. The student will learn and practice gaining evidence from a computer system while maintaining its integrity and a solid chain of custody. Within the laboratory, the student will gain hands-on experience in the use of current investigative tools.

  • Network Forensics • DF311 3 credit hours

    This course is an introduction to network forensics. In this course the student will be introduced to digital forensic concepts and practices on local area networks, wide area networks and large scale networks such as the Internet. Use of tools such as packet monitors, security information and event managers (SIEMs), network forensic tools, tracing tools and other tools useful for analyzing events on a network will make up a large part of the course. Material will be covered through lecture, demonstration and student hands-on labs. Many of the labs will involve analysis of pcaps of both actual attacks and theoretical malfeasance by offenders. Some of the lecture will involve investigative techniques, how to conduct an investigation, manage evidence and follow a cyber-trail.

  • Malware Forensics • DF312 3 credit hours

    This predominantly laboratory-based course is an introduction to malware forensics including both static and dynamic analysis. Students will study profiling, malware behavior, behavior of malware on computer networks, anti-reversing and anti-debugging techniques, and packers.

  • Cyber Investigation • DF411 3 credit hours

    This course is an introduction to cyber investigation. It includes elements of cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber terrorism. The course will examine investigative techniques for cyber investigators, case studies of representative cyber crimes and cyber warfare incidents, some cyber investigation tools and expert witnessing. The course builds up to a mock trial where students act as a cyber investigation task force on an actual case of cyber crime. This is a course that incorporates extensive reading as well as hands-on lab exercises. No prerequisites.

  • Vulnerability Testing I • CYBR320 3 credit hours

    This course presents the concepts, tools, and techniques used for penetration testing, vulnerability exploitation, assessment, reporting, and forensics; teaches multiple attack vectors as well as the defensive measures protecting against such attacks; focuses heavily on post- attack forensics allowing for a complete picture of the attack process. The seminar introduces several open- source tools such as the Metasploit framework. This seminar includes lab exercises using a virtual computer environment.

  • Vulnerability Testing II • CYBR420 3 credit hours

    This course is the second of a two-part introduction to Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment. This course presents the concepts, tools, and techniques used for penetration testing, vulnerability exploitation, assessment, reporting, and forensics; teaches multiple attack vectors as well as the defensive measures protecting against such attacks; focuses heavily on post-attack forensics allowing for a complete picture of the attack process. The course introduces several open- source tools such as the Metasploit framework, Nmap, Nessus, Wireshark, Vistumbler, BurpSuite, Nikto, Cain and Abel, Aircrack-ng Suite, John the Ripper, Social Engineer Toolkit  and Kali Linux. This course includes lab exercises using a virtual computer environment.  Pre-requisite: CYBR320

Information Warfare and Security Management Concentration (18 credits)

The Information Warfare and Security Management concentration introduces you to the international power dynamics of the Internet, and the ways in which professionals in cyber security analyze intelligence and assess threats in order to protect national sovereignty in cyberspace.

  • Introduction to Information Warfare • CYBR370 3 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the overall concept of Information Warfare (IW) and Information Operations (IO), particularly with regard to the US Federal government and the Department of Defense. Introduction to IW / IO surveys the development of Information Warfare (IW) and Information Operations (IO) as these elements of power have become more important for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Government as a whole. The course assumes only a rudimentary familiarity with the basic concepts and terminology of modern Internet usage and computing and is not a technology-focused course.

  • Defense Information Warfare • CYBR382 3 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the overall concept of Defensive Information Operations (D-IO), which are conducted across the range of military operations at every level of war to achieve mission objectives. Combatant commanders and mission owners must carefully consider their defensive posture and strategy in order to deter and defeat adversary intrusion while providing mission assurance. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a defensive strategy by analyzing risk, cyberspace terrain, mission priorities, and utilizing threat intelligence. Pre-requisite CYBR 370 or Permission of Instructor.

  • Politics of Cyberspace • CS407 3 credit hours

    This course explores the interrelations of modern computing and communications technology with politics, power, news, privacy, crime, and creativity. The course assumes only a rudimentary familiarity with the basic concepts and terminology of modern Internet usage and computing and is not a technology-focused course.

  • National Security Policy • POLS302 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the issues and institutions of national security policy. Students gain an appreciation of strategic thought and strategy formulation, the ability to assess national security issues and threats, and an understanding of the political and military institutions involved in the making and execution of national security policy.

  • Systems Assurance • CYBR410 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the design considerations involved with the security of site design. The course will also provide and understanding of the Levels of Trust and system accreditation/certificate processes. Life cycle management of software, hardware, and physical plant, from planning through destruction will be examined and reinforced using case studies. Additionally, understanding of the variety of security systems involving computers and networks and an ability to evaluate vulnerabilities will be discussed.

Capstone
  • Cyber Security Capstone • CYBR400 6 credit hours

    Students analyze and synthesize program learning by examining a chosen organization's network infrastructure and security posture. Students will present and in-depth analysis paper as their final deliverable. Pre-requisites: completion of all BSCS courses or permission of the Program Manager.