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Cybersecurity - Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares students to assess security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. The program includes instruction in computer architecture, programming, and systems analysis; networking; telecommunications; cryptography; security system design; applicable law and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; investigation techniques; and troubleshooting.

Students work in the Cybersecurity classroom.

Students in this Major

  • Develop management skills, communication skills, and other skills in order to meet their challenging career.
  • Are taught by qualified faculty in small classes.
  • Gain hands-on experience on security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations, and software development security.
  • Will complete a Capstone Project.

Career Opportunities

Placement opportunities are significant with an array of functional opportunities:

  • Cybersecurity Forensic Specialist
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Auditor
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Risk Assessor
  • Security Manager
  • Information Security Officer
  • Security Trainer
  • Security Systems Designer

Potential Employers

  • Information Security/Information Technology Companies
  • Health Management Services
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Education
  • Military
  • Information Security/Information Technology Departments in any industry

Admission Requirements

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be qualified to enter at least College Algebra (MATH 121) and Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101).
  • Computer or technology courses are strongly recommended.
  • Transfers into this program must have a 2.0 GPA for admission. Students from other institutions and majors may have to complete certain bridge courses that could extend their graduation date.

Students who do not meet necessary prerequisites may be admitted to the College. However, completing the program may require more than four years.


Semester I Credits

CITA 152 Computer Logic 3
CYBR 165 Survey of Cybersecurity 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
  Mathematics Elective1 (GER 1) 3
  GER/LA Course 3

Semester II Credits

CITA 170 Computer Concepts & Operation Systems 3
CITA 171 Operating System Fundamentals 3
MATH 141 Statistics (GER 1) 3
  GER Course (GER 2) 3
  GER/LA Course 3

Semester III Credits

CITA 180 Introduction to Programming 4
CITA 215 Database Concepts & Applications 3
CITA 220 Data Communications & Network Technology 3
CITA 221 Data Communications & Network Technology Lab 1
ECON 101
ECON 103
Macroeconomics OR
Microeconomics (GER 3)
  GER/LA Course 3

Semester IV Credits

CITA 204 Systems Analysis and Design2 3
CITA 250 Information Security 3
  GER/LA Course 3
  GER/LA Course 3
  LA Elective 3

Semester V Credits

CITA 300 Management Information Systems 3
CYBR 354 Incident Response and Disaster Recovery 3
CYBR 356 Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
MATH 351 Discrete Mathematics 3
  LA Elective 3

Semester VI Credits

BSAD 319 Professional Ethics 3
CITA 352 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3
CITA 360 Cryptology in Theory and Practice 3
CITA 365 Digital Forensic Analysis 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  LA Program Elective 3

Semester VII Credits

CITA 440 Network Management 3
CITA 441 Network Management Lab 1
CYBR 455 Access Control, Authentication, and PKI 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  LA Elective 3
  LA Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

CYBR 450 Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge 3
SOET 477 Capstone Project 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  LA Elective 3


** Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement
LA = Liberal Arts and Sciences

1 Minimum mathematics requirement is MATH 121 College Algebra.
2 Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

Students in this program must take at least 45 UD credits and a minimum of 60 LA credits.

Seven of ten SUNY GER academic areas (including mathematics and basic communication) and 30 credits of SUNY GER courses must be completed within the first two years of full-time study of the program.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must take at least four upper level CITA courses and SOET 477 (Capstone Project) from SUNY Canton. Each required CITA course used to meet graduation requirements must have a grade of C or higher or transfer credit. No more than 3 CITA credits with a course number below CITA 150 may be used for credit towards graduation.

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