Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Policy
Networks are always on and a constant vigilance is needed to protect corporate data, government confidential information, and classified military information. Students who earn a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Cyber Security and Policy will be prepared for a challenging and rewarding career field fighting worldwide cybercrime and protecting the digital world from hacking, fraud, and malware. Cybersecurity students will be in a growing field of study with multiple opportunities to assist businesses, governments, and the military to protect their networks, data and systems.
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is the protection of networks, data, and people from data theft, identity theft, and attacks. Cyber security consists of information security, network security and application security. With the use of policies, technologies, and people, organizations can protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their systems.
Cyber Security Degree Overview
Cyber Security is a rapidly growing field. Students in the Cyber Security and Policy program are prepared for a burgeoning career field fighting worldwide “cybercrime” and protecting digital resources from hacking, fraud, and malware viruses. Potomac’s Bachelor Degree in Cyber Security and Policy provides many advantages:
Cyber Security Careers
Cyber Security is the acquisition, discovery, collection, analysis, and reporting of evidence found on computers and networks. Anti-cybercrime professionals work with these devices, as well as routers, servers, and the Internet to analyze increasingly complex digital crime scenes. More and more, digital evidence is used for civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings, so the evidence must be obtained and used in a way that ensures the admissibility in a court of law. Cyber Security is a young and growing field. Graduates will be entering a market where opportunities are expanding and companies are looking for the brightest in a new tech revolution.
Cyber Security and Policy Program Outline
Computer Forensics is a young and growing field. Graduates will be entering a market where opportunities are expanding and companies are looking for the brightest in a new tech revolution.
Cyber Security Program Learning Goals
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Policy are able to:
- Design a network that meets identified strategic objectives and which reflects emerging trends and issues in cyber security.
- Apply appropriate network countermeasure policies designed to prevent security breaches of data and information.
- Apply professional and ethical standards of conduct that ensure the protection of personal privacy.
- Develop comprehensive security plans of computer systems, networks, and storage servers.
Prerequisites for Upper Division Courses
- Successful completion of general education course requirements
- Successful completion of lower division core courses
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security and Policy, students must earn 120 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credit hours. Program requirements are listed below.
Students majoring in Cyber Security and Policy may select six upper division courses in one of the following six concentrations to add an additional focus to their studies:
- Government Contract Management
- Healthcare Management
- Information Management
- International Business
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CYBER SECURITY AND POLICY
LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (60 Credits)
General Education Requirements (18 Credits)
- COMP 125 The Digital World
- ENGL 101 English Composition I
- ENGL 102 English Composition II
- GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
- MATH 106 College Mathematics
- MATH 110 College Algebra
Lower Division Core Courses (30 Credits)
Required Management Courses (15 Credits)
- ACCT 101 Principles of Financial Accounting I
- BUS 110 Foundations of Business
- BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision Making
- BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
- MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management
Required Cyber Security and Computing Courses (18 Credits)
- CBSC 235 Foundations of Cyber Security
- CBSC 245 Cyber Law
- CBSC 265 Network Security Management
- COMP 140 Introduction to Data Communication and Networking
- COMP 236 Survey of Operating Systems
- COMP 251 Computer Systems Technology
Electives (12 credits )
UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (60 Credits)
General Education Requirements (12 Credits)
- ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
- MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
- PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
- SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability
Required Computer Forensic Courses (30 Credits)
- CBSC 301 Introduction to Digital Forensics
- CBSC 305 Introduction to Cybercrime and Homeland Security
- CBSC 320 Information Security
- CBSC 405 Security Policies and Procedures
- CBSC 415 Network Defense and Countermeasures
- CBSC 425 Evaluating Emerging Technologies
- CBSC 435 Firewalls for Security
- CBSC 497 Network Security Design (Capstone Project)
- COMP 315 Security Administration I
- COMP 316 Security Administration II
Electives (18 Credits)
18 credits in upper division courses which may include one of the concentrations below.
- Government Contact Management Concentration
- MGMT 308 Government Contract Law
- MGMT 326 Principles of Federal Acquisition (FAR and DAR)
- MGMT 330 Purchasing and Material Management
- MGMT 332 Cost and Price Analysis
- MGMT 350 Contract Administration
- MGMT 450 Contract Modification and Options
- Healthcare Management Concentration
- HLTH 303 Information Systems for Health Systems
- HLTH 400 Societal Health and Policy Issues
- HLTH 403 Global Health Administration HLTH
- 405 Healthcare Financial Management HLTH
- 435 Strategic Healthcare Planning MGMT
- 411 Total Quality Management
- Information Management Concentration
- CBSC 320 Information Security
- MCAP 303 Organization and Technology of Information Management
- MCAP 351 Management Support Systems
- MICS 341 Systems Analysis and Design
- MICS 455 Computer Networking and Telecommunications
- MICS 461 Database Management
- International Business Concentration
- BUS 310 Export/Import Marketing
- MGMT 303 International Business Management
- MGMT 311 Supply Chain Management
- MGMT 440 International Organizational Development Strategies 424 International Marketing MRKT 450 New Product Development (US and Global)
- Management Concentration
- MGMT 360 Leadership
- MGMT 365 Managing Conflict and Change
- MGMT 417 Human Resource Management
- MGMT 424 Negotiations Management
- MGMT 427 Operations Management
- MGMT 435 Strategic Management and Planning
TOTAL CREDITS – 120 CREDITS
Tuition and Fees
Domestic: It is our goal for every student to graduate with little or no debt. This starts with reasonable tuition and coupled with a modest resource fee that covers all e-textbooks, online library access, and many other resources to help enhance our student’s learning.
International: University of the Potomac welcomes students from across the globe. Tuition, coupled with a modest resource fee covers all e-textbooks, online library access, and many other resources to help enhance our student’s learning
Financial Aid: If you need it, we also offer financial aid options including Pell Grants, federal loans, and more.