Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Security

PREP FOR SECURITY+ CERTIFICATION AT CTU

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Security explores general methodologies used to assess and manage risks to information security and examines the activities involved in the process of information security risk management for a business organization. The robust and rigorous project-based curriculum is designed to help prepare you with industry-current, firsthand knowledge of the design, development and delivery of high-quality IT projects aimed at meeting management expectations. In addition to acquiring a comprehensive understanding of network security, students can create a portfolio of projects they can use to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to prospective employers.

Obtaining your Security+ Certification can provide you with an internationally recognized credential that demonstrates your competency in IT security issues. This CTU degree program offers a curriculum designed in accordance with standards set by CompTIA, the leading independent provider of IT certifications in the world.

Coursework is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the Security+ certification exam, the 8th most requested certification for IT occupations in 2013.*

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021**

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

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  • Total Credits 

    184
  • Program Availability

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

Program Details

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses - Core
    CS126Unix Fundamentals4
     
    CS251Fundamentals of Database Systems4
    or
    CS250Fundamentals of Database Systems4
     
    CS362Structured Query Language for Data Management4
    CSS150Introduction to Computer Security4
    EM200Introduction to Website Development4
    IT106Introduction to Programming Logic4
     
    IT140Introduction to Operating Systems and Client/Server Environments4
    or
    IT Elective
     
    IT190Introduction to IT4
    IT204Fundamentals of Networking4
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    IT401Information Technology Architectures4
    IT425Systems Analysis, Design and Integration4
    MPM210Introduction to Project Management6
    Total Credit Hours:54
    Courses - General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    ELEELEHUMNHumanities Elective4.5
    ELEELESCIScience Elective4.5
    ELEELESCI1Science Elective 14.5
    ELEELESCILABScience Lab Elective1.5
    ELEELESCILAB1Science Lab Elective 11.5
    ELEELESOCSocial Science Elective4.5
    ELEELEUSUS History/US Government Elective4.5
    ENGL101Composition and Critical Thinking4.5
    ENGL103Composition: Writing and Research4.5
    MATH109Introduction to Algebra4.5
    MATH112Analytic College Algebra4.5
    MATH225Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
     
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    or
    HUMELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Specialization
    CSS200Principles of Network Security4
    CSS250Security Risk Management4
    CSS280Ethical Hacking4
    CSS300Vulnerability Assessment and Management4
     
    CSS321Software Assurance4
    or
    IT Elective
     
    CSS330Database Security4
    CSS350Computer Forensics I4
    CSS410Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security4
    CSS430Advanced Research in IAS and IT Management4
    CSS441Security Compliance4
    CSS450Security Capstone4
    IT326Network Infrastructure Administration4
    IT454Security Management4
    IT456Security Architecture4
    IT458Disaster Recovery4
     
    MPM357Project Performance and Quality Assurance4
    or
    IT Elective (4)4
    Total Credit Hours:64
    Students choosing a Project Management focus will take the courses listed below in the Project Management track in place of CSS410, CSS430, CSS450, IT326, IT454, IT458
    MPM332Organizational Leadership4
    MPM344Project Risk Management4
    MPM346Contracts and Procurement4
    MPM434Project Scheduling and Cost6
    MPM468HR Project Management6

    Total Credit Hours: 184

    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.

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  • Outcomes

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in Security include:3

    • Systems Engineer
    • Software Developer
    • Software Engineer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Applications Engineer
    • Application Developer
    • Network Security Engineer
    • Test Engineer
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1 Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

2Degrees pursued online may be slightly different than those pursued on campus.

3http://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.

*CTU does not guarantee third-party certifications.  Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by CTU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to CTU.  Therefore, CTU cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

**CTU 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