Bachelor of Science – Cyber Security

OVERVIEW

Want to gain the knowledge in technologies and procedures needed to secure information systems?  University of the Virgin Islands Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security will give you all of the knowledge needed to identify security risks and create effective strategies when protecting an organization.

  • What will I learn in the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security online program? The curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security focuses on security basics, computer architectures, networking protocols and operating systems.  As a graduate, you will have the abilities to analyze and educate members of an organization on the importance and responsibility of securing their systems.  The courses in the online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security will prepare you to sit for standard industry certifications in Network+, Security+ and CISSP.

Note: University of the Virgin Islands online cannot guarantee successful completion of those exams. Field experience and/or background checks may be necessary for eligibility to take or successfully pass the exams.

  • What careers can I pursue with an online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program? Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security pursue a number of information security careers like IT security specialist, information security analyst or network administrator.
  • How long does the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security online degree program take? The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security online degree program from start to finish is designed to be completed in 38 months, however, it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.  The total program credit hours are 120.
  • How much will the online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program cost? The undergraduate rate is $434 per credit hour, no additional institutional fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.
  • WHEN CAN I START? Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at online@uvi.edu to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security online degree program outcomes.

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • Analyze a system, and identify and define the security risks and requirements for secure operation
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet security needs
  • Address professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing security practice
  • Identify and analyze security risks of an information system
  • Develop security and recovery policies appropriate to an information system

curriculum

PROGRAM CORE:

UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
CSC 1160 Programming Essentials 3
CSC1160 Programming Essentials – This course introduces problem-solving concepts needed for programming. It covers fundamental control structure such as the sequential structure, the selection structure and the repetition structure. The use of logic in designing programs has general application.
CSC 2020 Programming in Java 4
Programming in Java (CSC 1160) – This course is devoted to object-oriented programming using Java. Topics include object-oriented programming, classes and instances, looping arrays, flow control, packages, interfaces, streams, files, Java applet programming and applying advanced user interface elements.
CSC 2150 Computer Networks 3
CSC2150 Computer Networks – This course provides an introduction to networking technologies. Throughout this course, you will learn about local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), protocols, topologies, transmission media, protocol stacks and wireless technology.
CSC 1170 Programming in C 4
CSC1170 Programming in C (CSC 1160) – This course is an introduction to programming using C. Topics include flow of control, functions and structured programming, pointers, arrays and file manipulation.
CSC 1180 Programming in C++ 4
Programming in C++ (CSC 1160) – This course is an introduction to C++ programming. Topics include control structures, arrays, pointers, classes, overloading, inheritance, file processing, and data structures.
CSC 2320 TCP/IP Networks 3
CSC2320 TCP/IP Networks(2150) – This course provides a comprehensive, hands-on look at TCP/IP. Coverage includes the latest TCP/IP stack implementations, as well as SNMP and IPv6. Practical skills are learned with extensive hands-on projects, in-depth case projects, and review questions.
CSC 2140 Systems Analysis & Design 4
CSC2140 Systems Analysis & Design – This course reviews efficient processes for information systems analysis and development. It also covers state-of-the-art techniques for information systems specifications and design. Other topics covered include real-time structured analysis and design and object oriented analysis and design.
CSC 4100 Principles of Operating Systems 3
CSC4100 Principles of Operating Systems – This course introduces operating system fundamentals and compares a variety of operating systems. Servers and networking basics are included.
CIS 1020 Introduction to Computer Architecture 4
CIS1020 Introduction to Computer Architecture (CIS 2100) – This course provides technical knowledge of computer hardware and system software. The material covered in the course presents the background needed for systems analysis, design, configuration, procurement and management.
IST 4150 Introduction to Information Systems Security 3
Introduction to Information Systems Security – This course provides a broad overview of the principles, policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities, cryptographic techniques, access control policies and mechanisms, and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards, formulating contingency plans, and analyzing system security architectures as well as compliance and ethics are examined.
CIS 2100 Management Information Systems 3
CIS2100 Management Information Systems – This course covers the principles of managing information systems in the context of an enterprise. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems development, controls and security measures and electronic commerce.
CSC 3030 Database Applications 3
CSC3030 Database Applications – This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. Throughout this course, you will learn about the relational model, structured query language (SQL), data modeling, database design, and database administration
CSC 3460 Security Operations 3
CSC3460 Security Operations – This course covers the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
IST 4220 Information Systems Project Management 3
IST4220 Information Systems Project Management – This course covers the technical and managerial aspects of project management as identified by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Emphasis is placed on defining project management and its relationship to other business disciplines and the development of information systems.
CSC 3350 Risk Management 3
CSC3350 Risk Management Information Technology – Risk Management in Enterprise Environments provides a comprehensive review of industry approaches, practices, and standards on how to handle the ever-increasing risks to organizations’ business-critical assets. Through a practical approach, this course explores key topics that enable students to uncover and remediate potential infractions.
CSC 2430 Digital Communications and Networks II 3
CSC 2430 Digital Communications and Networks II (CSC 2320) – This course introduces students to techniques, methodologies and tools used in building and maintaining secure networks. Topics include types of attacks, countermeasures and prevention techniques. Security assessments, vulnerability testing and penetration testing are also studied. Lab exercises address assessing protocol, network and code vulnerabilities.
CSC 2340 Access Control Systems 3
CSC2340 Access Control Systems (CSC 2430) – This course covers the fundamentals of selectively restricting access to information system resources. A variety of tools are used in practical tasks to determine authorization of resources.
CSC 3010 Cryptography 3
CSC3010 Cryptography: (CSC 2320) – This course covers the ways in which cryptography can be used to protect communications traffic and sensitive data. Course topics include symmetric vs. asymmetric (public-key) ciphers, hash algorithms, authentication codes, and the mathematical underpinnings of cryptography. Hands-on experiences provide exposure to state-of-the-art technologies.
CSC 2470 Computer Forensics 3
CSC2470 Computer Forensics – This course introduces the methods and tools utilized for collecting and preserving electronic digital evidence for the computer forensic process. Topics include the forensic examination, crime categories, analysis, laws governing forensics, and report writing.
CSC 2450 Advanced Databases and Information Retrieval 3
Advanced Databases and Information Retrieval (CSC3030) – This course covers strategies and tactics for securing databases. It introduces the tools necessary to implement database security and auditing in order to protect data. Topics include basic data protection methods, secure database design, secure architectures, and secure transaction processing and auditing. Vulnerabilities and countermeasures are also covered.
CSC 2990 Cybersecurity Capstone 3
CSC2990 Cybersecurity Capstone – PREREQUISITES: COMPLETION OF THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS This capstone course requires demonstration of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the degree program by completing a major research project.
Total Program Core 68
Program Electives 6
Open Electives 1
General Education
SSS 1000 Student Success 1
Student Success – This course provides introduction and orientation to the nature of University education, functions and resources. Topics assist students obtain the necessary skills to attain their educational objectives. Emphasis is on Group process. 1 credit
COM1200 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking – This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization/ delivery. Topics include effective introductions,  conclusions and control over nervousness. In addition, students practice informative and persuasive speeches.
ENG1200 English Composition I 3
ENG 1200 English Composition I – The writing course that develops critical thinking, investigative research and coherent ideas through the writing of analytical, literary and critical essays and the intense text readings.
ENG2020 Technical Writing 3
ENG2020 Technical Writing – This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process. Students will analyze readings and practice writing for personal and professional applications. This course satisfies the General Education requirement.
PHI2000 Critical Thinking 3
PHI2000 Critical Thinking – This course examines critical thinking. Students learn the core skills of effective thinking then analyze argumentative processes, in order to identify weaknesses in thinking and overcome them. With a focus on critical reading, as well as critical thinking, this course prepares students to engage actively with their studies and in society.
MAT1400 College Algebra 3
MAT1400 College Algebra – This course provides an essential introduction to those aspects of algebra and function theory that are essential to the study of higher mathematics. The course introduces the basic concepts of radicals, equations and inequalities (both linear and quadratic), coordinate geometry and graphing techniques and exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will learn the basic concepts through examples with practical applications.
MAT2350 Elementary Statistics 3
MAT2350 Elementary Statistics – This intermediate mathematics course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. This course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. Correlation and covariance are presented in the context of business analysis. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples.
MAT2410 Applied Calculus 4
MAT2410 Applied Calculus – The course provides an introduction to calculus. Topics include limits, derivatives, concavity, applications of the derivative, integration, applications of integrations, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and integrating using parts and substitutions.
GEN2990 General Education Capstone 3
GEN2990 General Education Capstone – This is the capstone coursework for the Virgin Islands general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, this course helps students’ bridge the gap between broadbased learning and discipline-specific education. Second, the course highlights and incorporates specific skills and knowledge attained through general studies and may assist students achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined. Furthermore, students may better comprehend how to draw and apply information from experience thus leading them to become more actively engaged and socially aware citizens of various communities.
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 9
Science 8
Total Required General Education 26
Total General Education Electives 20

Program Snap Shot

Total program Credits 68
Total General Education Credits 26
Total Electives 27
Program total 121

 

CAREER OUTLOOK

Pursue an online degree in Cyber Security solutions and prepare for a career as a professional information security specialist or analyst.

Potential career paths and positions include:

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Information Security Analysts

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Computer Network Architects

Computer Network Support Specialists

According to the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Cyber Security Analysts’ jobs are supposed to grow 26% (much faster than average) and the median pay rate in 2016 was $92,600 per year.1 Network Administrators also require a bachelor’s degree in most cases and the median salary in 2016 was $79,700.2

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

2 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm

Employers can include:

      • Professional, scientific and technical services
      • Multi-National Corporations
      • Financial institutions
      • Large-scale retailers
      • Major manufacturers
      • Government – local, state and federal