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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.

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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Learning Outcomes

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

Enrollment and Graduation Data

YearEnrollmentDegrees Conferred
202012647
201913842
201813230
201711530
20168821
20157813
20146212

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
[email protected]

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 (CAE-CDE).

ABET accredited

The Cyber Security Systems B.S. program is Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 
https://www.abet.org

94.7%

94.7%

94.7% of the graduates are either employed and/or continuing their graduate education within 6 months

NSA

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, https://www.abet.org

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    Cyber Security Systems Curriculum

    CourseCourse #TitleCredits
    CUS1115Computer Programming Fundamentals I3
    CUS1116Computer Programming Fundamentals II3
    CUS1126Data Structures3
    CUS1185Data Security and Cryptography3
    IT1175Database Information Systems3
    CSS1005Fundamentals of Cyber Security3
    CSS1006Management of Information Security3
    CSS1011Network Security   3
    CSS1032Cyber Threats and Detection3
    CSS1035Secure Software3
    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)

    • Foreign language elective
    • CUS1115 Programming Fundamentals 1
    • DNY1000C Discover NY
    • MTH1009 Calculus I
    • FYW1000C First Year Writing

    Spring Semester (15 credits)

    • CUS1116 Programming Fundamentals II
    • Foreign language elective
    • ENG1100C Literature in a Global Context
    • MTH1022 Discrete Mathematics
    • CSS1005 Fundamentals of Cyber Security

    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
    • NET1011 Introduction to Networks
    • 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)

    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.

    Department Contact

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