Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

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Chair, Department of Continuing Studies: Mark L. Parker 
Program Manager: Henry Collier

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program (BSCS) is a degree-completion program designed for military, government, and private sector professionals who seek to complete their bachelor's degree in the information technology field and who want to further their careers by developing specialized skills in the high-need area of network security. The program offers a solid foundation of cyber security courses as well as two concentration areas of study:

  • Computer Forensics and Vulnerability Management
  • Information Warfare and Security Management

The cyber security curriculum balances general education and core cyber security courses (many of which can be fulfilled through transfer credits) with elective and project-based courses that allow students to delve into sub-areas such as national security policy, offensive and defensive information warfare, penetration testing, and malware forensics. All courses are designed to hone foundational skills in critical thinking, research and analysis, ethical decision-making, and oral and written communications.

Students entering the cyber security program must transfer a minimum of 30 credits to be admitted to the program and may transfer as much as 84 credits to satisfy the degree requirement. Basic networking, programming and operating systems knowledge acquired through prior coursework, certifications, or military training is required for entry into the degree program.

Curriculum Requirements

Pre-Program Education and Training

Students accepted into the Cyber Security degree program must have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits from college courses, military training, or other educational experiences such as CLEP tests. A maximum of 90 semester credits may be transferred into the program.  Basic networking, programming and operating systems knowledge acquired through prior coursework, certifications, or military training is required for entry into the degree program.

Students are required to earn a grade of C in core, concentration, and capstone courses. Students are required to meet general education requirements in literature, history, arts and humanities, science, social science, and math and may do so by transfer credit or enrollment in courses such as ENGL 250, HIST 310, PHLS 205, SCIE 202, SCIE 301, SOCI 335, and MATH 232.

Core Courses
CYBR 201Fundamentals of Computer Networking3
CYBR 210Computer Programming with a High Level Language3
CYBR 215Computer Programming with a Low Level Language3
CYBR 220Windows Server Administration3
CYBR 225Linux Administration3
CYBR 230Relational Databases with SQL3
PHLS 210Ethics in the Modern World3
CJ 341Cyber Law and Cyber Crime3
IA 340Introduction to Information Assurance3
IA 342Management of Information Assurance3
COMM 301Business & ProfessionalWriting3
MNGT 309Mngt of Organizations3
Total Cr.36


Students in the BSCS program are required to complete one of the following concentrations:

Computer Security Vulnerability and Management Concentration
CJ 442Introduction to Computer Forensics4
DF 311Network Forensics3
DF 312Malware Forensics3
DF 411Cyber Investigation3
CYBR 320Vulnerability Testing I3
CYBR 420Vulnerability Testing II3
Total Cr.19
Information Warfare Concentration
CYBR 370Introduction to Information Warfare3
CYBR 380 Offensive Information Warfare3
CYBR 382Defensive Information Warfare3
CS 407Politics of Cyberspace3
POLS 302National Security Policy3
CYBR 410Systems Assurance3
Total Cr.18


The capstone course, CYBR 400 (6), is the culminating academic activity for BSCS students. In it, students propose, develop, and deliver a final substantive research project that combines the general knowledge acquired in the core courses with the specific knowledge of the concentration. The final project requires students to draw upon at least two different academic disciplines for research methodology, seminal literature and sources, and intellectual frameworks in order to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the subject. The capstone course may not be fulfilled through transfer credit. 

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Henry Collier, MS (Program Manager)Champlain College
Matthew Bambrick, MSNorwich University
Matthew Chase, MBANova Southeastern University
Adam Duby, MSNova Southeastern University