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Cyber Security Systems, Bachelor of Science

Prepare for careers in small, medium, and Fortune 500 corporations as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in different cyber security fields by earning a 120-credit Bachelor of Science Degree in Cyber Security Systems at St. John's. 

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.
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Computing & Technology
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  • Queens Campus
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What sets St. John’s Cyber Security System program apart from others

NSA designation

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.

ABET accredited

The Cyber Security Systems B.S. program is Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.



of the graduates are either employed and/or continuing their graduate education within 6 months*

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Cyber Security Systems Program Receives NSA Center of Academic Excellence Designation

*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).

Cyber Security Systems Curriculum

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1115Computer Programming Fundamentals I3
CUS1116Computer Programming Fundamentals II3
CUS1126Introduction to Data Structures3
CUS1185Data Security and Cryptography3
IT1175Database Information Systems3
CSS1005Fundamentals of Cyber Security3
CSS1006Management of Information Security3
CSS1011Network Security   3
CSS1032Cyber Threats and Detection3
CSS1035Secure Software Development3
DFR1001Intro to Digital Forensics 3
NET1011Introduction to Networking3
NET1015Routing and Switching Essentials3
CourseCourse #TitleCredits
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

Year 1

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • CSS1005 Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • CUS1115 Programming Fundamentals 1
  • DNY1000C Discover NY
  • MTH1009 Calculus I
  • FYW1000C First Year Writing

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • CUS1116 Programming Fundamentals II
  • NET1011 Introduction to Networks
  • ENG1100C Literature in a Global Context
  • MTH1022 Discrete Mathematics
  • Foreign language elective

Year 2

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • CUS1126 Introduction to Data Structures
  • SCI1000C Scientific Inquiry
  • CSS1006 Management of Information Security
  • MTH1013 Probability & Statistics I
  • PHI1000C Philosophy of the Human Person

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • IT 1175 Database Information Systems
  • Foreign language elective
  • HIS1000C Emergence of a Global Society
  • MTH1014 Probability and Statistics II
  • THE1000C Perspectives on Christianity

Year 3

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • CUS 1185 Data Security and Cryptography 
  • DFR1001 Intro to Digital Forensics
  • Free elective
  • ECO1001 Principles of Economics I
  • THE1040 Moral Theology

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • NET1015 Routers and Router Concepts
  • CSS1011 Network Security
  • Free elective
  • ECO1002 Principles of Economics II
  • PHI1020 Ethics

Year 4

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • PHI3000C Metaphysics
  • CSS1032 Cyber Threats and Detection
  • CSS1035 Secure Software
  • CSS elective*
  • Free elective

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • CSS elective*
  • SPE1000C Public Speaking for College Students
  • THE any elective
  • Free elective
  • Free elective

*CSS1008 or higher, or DFR1002 or higher, or internship (CSS 1091)

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 (Program-Level Learning 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

Enrollment and Graduation Data

YearEnrollmentDegrees Conferred

*The data here is representative of the three graduating classes (September 2022, January 2023, and May 2023 from the three main campuses (Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan). The data provided here pertains only to that 71% of undergraduates who responded to the survey and includes graduates who may have been employed prior to graduation.


For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
[email protected]

Extracurricular and experiential learning

  • Gain an academic and professional edge by joining the St. John’s Association for Computing Machinery student chapter moderated by Joan E. DeBello, EdD., Associate Professor. Members organize cultural and social activities that include training sessions and industry nights. They also regularly participate in national coding competitions.
  • To learn more and view our events, please visit our SJU ACM Student Chapter page.
  • You also may be eligible for one of the many honor societies available in the Collins College of Professional Studies and at the University. For example, the Collins College of Professional Studies Honor Society recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in campus, church, or community activities. For more information, please contact Joan E. DeBello, EdD, Associate Professor, at [email protected] or 718-990-2032.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Cyber Security at St. John’s University

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Cyber Security at St. John’s University

St. John’s University welcomed U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a tour of the innovative Sanford Family Cyber Security Lab at the Queens, NY, Campus and a wide-ranging discussion of cybersecurity issues and career opportunities for students.

Department Contact

Any interested applicants may contact us regarding any part of the admissions process or with questions regarding the program.

Erald Troja

Program Coordinator

(718) 990 3076

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