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Cyber Security Systems, Bachelor of Science

Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Overview

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.

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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.

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Admission

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
718-990-2000
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Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the B.S. in Cyber Security 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

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Graduation Requirements

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

Major Area Requirements

CUS1115Computer Programming Fundamentals I3
CUS1116Computer Programming Fundamentals II3
CSS1005Fundamentals of Cyber Security3
CUS1126Data Structures  3
CSS1006Management of Information Security3
CUS 1165Database Management3
NET1011Introduction to Networks3
CSS1021Cyberlaw and Ethics3
DFR1001Intro to Digital Forensics 3
NET1015Routers and Router Concepts3
CSS1011Network Security                  3  
CSS1032Cyber Threats and Detection3
CSS1035Secure Software3

Major Area Electives

CUS 1185Data Security and Cryptography3
CSS1008Healthcare Information Security3
CSS1012Network Perimeter Security3
CSS1015Wireless Security3
CSS1018SQL and Cloud Database Security3
CSS1025Linux and UNIX Security3
DFR1002Network Forensics3
CSS1091Computer Security Systems Internship3


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
PHI3000CMetaphysics3
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

 

Extra-curricular and experiential learning

  • Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining the Computer Science Society (CSS). One of more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, CSS 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, CSS 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 College of Professional Studies and at the University as a whole. For example, the College of Professional Studies Honor Society recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community activities. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits (30 in CPS) with an index of 3.5 for all coursework.
  • The Cyber Security students club runs multiple cultural and social activities including training sessions, industry nights
  • SJU cyber teams have regularly attended national cyber security competition such as Department of Energy Cyber Force Competition, the Northeastern Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions Regional Finals and The National Cyber League
  • Study abroad opportunities are available to study B.S. in Cyber Security in Rome and Paris