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Cyber Security Systems, Bachelor of Science

Computer Science, Mathematics and Science



NSA Designated

*As of Jan 28, 2022 the B.S. program in Cyber Security Systems at St. John’s University is validated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Program of Study (PoS) in Cybersecurity through academic year 2027.

*Furthermore, as of May 16, 2022, and through academic year 2027, St. John’s University is designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE).


Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

As our reliance on computers increases and technology grows more sophisticated, the need for cyber security experts becomes critical to protect users and keep personal information out of the hands of hackers and cyber criminals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the computer security field is rapidly growing. Private and public employers are expected to add 286,600 new computer security jobs over the next ten years.

You can prepare for this exciting field by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cyber Security Systems at St. John's. Offered by the Collins College of Professional Studies, this 120-credit program prepares students for career opportunities in small, medium, and Fortune 500 corporations as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in different cyber security fields, including:

Cyber Security Systems and Technology: cryptanalysts, security administrators, security analysts, Web security administrators.
Cyber Security Systems for Business: information security managers, information assurance consultants and business security systems analysts.
Cyber Forensics: computer crime investigators, cyber law enforcement specialists, digital forensics specialists, forensic technology consultants, Internet forensics specialists, technology risk management professionals.

Students will be tutored by Top notch faculty and have access to state of the art technology and Labs.

Students can take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

Any interested applicants should contact their St. John's academic adviser or Dr. Erald Troja, [email protected], Program Director for more info.

To learn more about our program, please visit our Cyber Security Center for Excellence page.

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Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the B.S. in Cyber Security Systems program should, within a few years of graduation:

  • Attain meaningful positions toward successful careers in Cyber Security and/or related fields.
  • Advance their professional development through self-directed learning and/or graduate study.
  • Practice Cyber Security professionally and with specific regard to ethical and societal responsibilities.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Topics Covered

Students receive solid foundations in mathematics and programming as well as in computing and Cyber Security course work. Fundamental topics are covered in each of the following area

  • Data Security: protection of data at rest, during processing, and in transit.
  • Software Security: development and use of software that reliably preserves the security properties of the protected information and systems.
  • Component Security: the security aspects of the design, procurement, testing, analysis, and maintenance of components integrated into larger systems.
  • Connection Security: security of the connections between components, both physical and logical.
  • System Security: security aspects of systems that use software and are composed of components and connections.
  • Human Security: the study of human behavior in the context of data protection, privacy, and threat mitigation.
  • Organizational Security: protecting organizations from Cyber Security threats and managing risk to support successful accomplishment of the organizations’ missions.
  • Societal Security: aspects of Cyber Security that broadly impact society as a whole.
  • Advanced Cyber Security topics that build on crosscutting concepts and fundamental topics to provide depth.

Students also may take a minor in conjunction with the B.S. Degree in Cyber Security Systems. The following minors may be of special interest to students majoring in this program:

  • Business
  • Criminalistics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Forensics
  • Forensics
  • Homeland security
  • Information technology
  • Legal Studies


B.S. In Cyber Security Systems (120 Credits)

Major Area Requirements 39 Credits

CUS1115Computer Programming Fundamentals I3
CUS1116Computer Programming Fundamentals II3
CUS1126Data Structures3
CUS1185Data Security and Cryptography3
IT 1175Database Information Systems3
CSS1005Fundamentals of Cyber Security3
CSS1006Management of Information Security3
CSS1011Network Security   3
CSS1032Cyber Threats and Detection3
CSS1035Secure Software3

Major Area Electives

CSS1008Healthcare Information Security3
CSS1012Network Perimeter Security3
CSS1015Wireless Security3
CSS1018SQL and Cloud Database Security3
CSS1021Cyberlaw and Ethics3
CSS1025Linux and UNIX Security3
CSS1091Computer Security Systems Internship3
DFR1002Network Forensics or a higher DFR course3

Common Core Requirements: 42 Credits

ART1000C*The Creative Process3
DNY1000CDiscover New York3
ENG1000CEnglish Composition3
ENG1100CLiterature in a Global Context3
HIS1000CEmergence of a Global Society3
LAC1000C*Language and Culture3
PHI1000CPhilosophy of the Human Person3
PHI1020 seriesEthics3
SCI1000CScientific Inquiry3
SPE1000CPublic Speaking for the College Student3
THE1000CPerspectives on Christianity- A Catholic Approach3
THE 1040 seriesMoral Theology3

Liberal Arts Requirements: 18 Credits

MTH1009Calculus I3
MTH1013Probability and Statistics I3
MTH1014Probability and Statistics II3
MTH1022Discrete Mathematics3
ECO1001Principles of Economics I3
ECO1002Principles of Economics II3

Extracurricular & Experiential Learning

  • Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining the St. John's ACM student chapter which has special interest groups SJUCompSci and SJUCyber. One of more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, St. John's ACM student chapter integrates the classroom experience with real-world, industry-related experiences so members are ready to enter an exciting career in technology. Whether it be networking with industry professionals, attending informative workshops or preparing for job interviews, St. John's ACM student chapter provides the tools necessary to become a forward-thinking leader of the technological revolution.
  • Students also may be eligible for one of the many honor societies available in the Collins College of Professional Studies and at the University as a whole. For example, the Collins College of Professional Studies Honor Society recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community activities.
  • St. John's ACM student chapter runs multiple cultural and social activities including training sessions, industry nights, etc.
  • St. John's ACM student chapter has regularly attended national coding competitions.
  • For more information on St. John's ACM student chapter, SJUCompSci, SJUCyber or The Collins College of Professional Studies Honor Society, please contact the moderator Dr. Joan E. DeBello at [email protected] or 718-990-2032


Enrollment and Graduation Data

YearEnrollmentDegrees Conferred

Sample Four Year Plan

Sample Four Year Plan

Year 1

Fall Semester (15 credits)Spring Semester (15 credits)
Foreign language electiveCUS1116 Programming Fundamentals II
CUS1115 Programming Fundamentals 1Foreign language elective
DNY1000C Discover NYENG1100C Literature in a Global Context
MTH1009 Calculus IMTH1022 Discrete Mathematics
FYW1000C First Year WritingCSS1005 Fundamentals of Cyber Security

Year 2

Fall Semester (15 credits)Spring Semester (15 credits)
CUS1126 Introduction to Data StructuresIT 1175 Database Information Systems
SCI1000C Scientific InquiryNET1011 Introduction to Networks
CSS1006 Management of Information SecurityHIS1000C Emergence of a Global Society
MTH1013 Probability & Statistics IMTH1014 Probability and Statistics II
PHI1000C Philosophy of the Human PersonTHE1000C Perspectives on Christianity

Year 3

Fall Semester (15 credits)Spring Semester (15 credits)
CUS 1185 Data Security and Cryptography NET1015 Routers and Router Concepts
DFR1001 Intro to Digital ForensicsCSS1011 Network Security
Free electiveFree elective
ECO1001 Principles of Economics IECO1002 Principles of Economics II
THE1040 Moral TheologyPHI1020 Ethics

Year 4

Fall Semester (15 credits)Spring Semester (15 credits)
PHI3000C MetaphysicsCSS elective*
CSS1032 Cyber Threats and DetectionSPE1000C Public Speaking for College Students
CSS1035 Secure SoftwareTHE any elective
CSS elective*Free elective
Free electiveFree elective