Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Why consider cyber security? Given that approximately 84 percent of cyber security jobs call for a background with at least a bachelor's degree, according to a Burning Glass study, it could be a smart idea to start working on a degree to pursue a career in this high-demand field.1 Keep in mind that there were nearly 240,000 job positions posted nationwide for cyber security professionals in 2014 and that job postings have increased by 91 percent from 2010 to 2014 alone.2

Colorado Technical University's Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program:

  • Has been identified by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), meaning CTU’s cyber security curriculum has been certified to map to DHS/NSA cyber security knowledge units – a recognition that CTU holds through 20213
  • Offers the opportunity to pursue certifications with either CompTIA Security+ or Network+
  • Has two concentrations offerings: Computer Systems Security and Information Assurance

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    186
  • Program Availability

    Colorado Springs | Denver | Online

Program Details

Program Outline
Courses
Related Degrees
Outcomes
  • Program Outline

    Expanding Cyber Security Knowledge and Skill Sets

    Students who enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program on campus or online at CTU start their learning with general education courses in subjects such as algebra, composition, and science so that they can round out their skills and increase their overall knowledge. From there, they move on to the core areas of their degree program, taking classes such as:

    • Computer Forensics I and II
    • Principles of Network Security
    • Security Compliance
    • Software Assurance
    • Scripting with Perl
    • Vulnerability Assessment and Management

    The degree program also includes coursework in the Cyber Security area of specialization so that students may sit for either the CompTIA Security+ or Network+ certification exams. This coursework comprises 64 quarter credits of the overall 186 needed for the degree, but the real question may be why this certification is so important. As the Burning Glass study points out, 35 percent of cyber security jobs require an industry certification compared with just 23 percent of IT jobs overall.

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    ECON210Principles of Macroeconomics4.5
    ENGL101Composition and Critical Thinking4.5
    ENGL103Composition: Writing and Research4.5
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    MATH109Introduction to Algebra4.5
    MATH112Analytic College Algebra4.5
    MATH203Applications of Discrete Mathematics4.5
    MATH301Data Driven Statistics4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
     
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    or
    HUMNELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:70
    Courses: Core
    CSS150Introduction to Computer Security4
    CSS200Principles of Network Security4
    CSS250Security Risk Management4
    CSS260Scripting with Perl4
    CSS300Vulnerability Assessment and Management4
    CSS321Software Assurance4
    CSS332Database and Web Vulnerabilities and Security4
    CSS350Computer Forensics I4
    CSS351Computer Forensics II4
    CSS380Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning4
    CSS410Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security4
    CSS441Security Compliance4
    CSS450Security Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:52
    Courses: Concentration
    CJUS254Introduction to Homeland Security4
    CE242Computer Architecture4
     
    CS104Problem Solving Concepts With C++4
    or
    CS107Problem Solving Concepts with Python4
     
    CS115Programming With C++4
    or
    CS117Programming in Python4
     
    CS126Unix Fundamentals4
    or
    CS146Introduction to UNIX4
     
    CS215Intermediate C++ Programming4
    or
    CS217Intermediate Python Programming4
     
    CS230Data Structures4
    CS265Algorithms4
    CS310Programming Mobile Apps4
    CS340Operating Systems4
    CS366Software Engineering Methods4
    EM200Introduction to Website Development4
    IT204Fundamentals of Networking4
    IT305Advanced Networking4
    Tech ElectivesSelect two CSS or CS or IT courses8
    Total Credit Hours:64

    Total Credit Hours: 186

    National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

    This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

  • Related Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

  • Outcomes

    The Growing Cyber Security Field

    Students who finish the cyber security degree at CTU should gain a holistic understanding of the cyber security field. In fact, they should be well-equipped to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in the field upon graduation. This includes the ability to:

    • Define the specific security needs of an organization
    • Assess risk management to help ensure a company is well-protected
    • Maintain and troubleshoot security systems for an enterprise
    • Update security systems to meet new standards or protocols or to protect against new threats

    A degree never guarantees a job, but an education can be essential to compete in the field. Job growth for cyber security positions is expected to be much faster than average from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reaching 19 percent and leading to 14,800 new positions potentially becoming available during that time.5

    In fact, when students are done with their Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security, they may be able to pursue an occupation as one of the following:6

    • Database Analyst, Administrator or Engineer
    • Network Engineer or Specialist
    • Information Security Analyst or Engineer
    • Systems Administrator
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1http://burning-glass.com/research/cybersecurity/ (Visited 2/3/16)

2http://burning-glass.com/wp-content/uploads/Cybersecurity_Jobs_Report_2015.pdf, page 3 (Visited 2/3/16)

3CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs 

4Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

5http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6 (Visited 2/3/16)

6http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

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