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Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity Degree Program Overview

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cybersecurity prepares you with the technical competency, knowledge and skills needed to protect networks, systems, software programs and data from criminal or unauthorized access. You will learn concepts, knowledge, skills, technologies and practices in a broad spectrum of cybersecurity areas, including the emerging fields of applied data science and artificial intelligence.

This program is hands-on and application-oriented. Upon the completion of the program, you’ll be ready to take highly sought-after industry certification exams.

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  • The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 33% growth in cybersecurity occupations from 2020 to 2030.
  • Cyberseek.org reports that half a million cybersecurity openings in the United States are unfilled.
  • We have been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE-4Y) in Cyber Defense Education jointly by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

Upon completion, a student will:

  1. comprehend the fundamentals of information technology, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity knowledge and skills;
  2. be able to analyze system vulnerabilities, threats and risks and apply cybersecurity controls;
  3. be proficient in IT system design, artificial intelligence, security system design, penetration testing and investigation techniques and skills and apply them in system security analysis and evaluation;
  4. be able to create information security plans to percent, respond and mitigate security risk through the development and implementation of security policies, security controls and business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

Cybersecurity Major Curriculum

You’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Technology core courses and cybersecurity courses. This balance blends theory, applied research and experiential learning in all the vital aspects of IT, including networking, database administration, security and project management.

The cybersecurity program provides the specialized training you need for a career in this complex, in-demand field.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

First-year courses cover the basics of IT in areas such as organization, history, related informing disciplines, application domains, computer math and other IT-related topics.

Cybersecurity Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ITS 13500 – Operating Systems Technologies
  • ITS 17000 – Networking Technologies
  • ITS 24000 – Programming Fundamentals

Your second year covers in-depth discussions of networking, programming, database and fundamentals of information assurances.

Cybersecurity Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ITS 25000 – Fundamentals of Information Assurance
  • ITS 27000 – Internetworking Technologies
  • ITS 37200 – System Administration and Management

Topics include administration, confidentiality, integrity, authentication, non-repudiation, intrusion detection, physical security, encryption and machine learning foundations.

Cybersecurity Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ITS 35000 – Systems Assurance 
  • ITS 35200 – Disaster Recovery And Planning
  • ITS 36500 – Machine Learning Foundations

In your final year, you’ll cover defensive programming techniques, bounds analysis, error handling, advanced testing techniques, detailed code auditing and software specification in a trusted assured environment.

Cybersecurity Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ITS 45400 – Assured Systems Design And Implementation
  • ITS 45800 – Advanced Topics in Cyber Forensics Practices
  • ITS 47800 – Advances Topics in Cybersecurity Practices

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Cybersecurity Degree Program Highlights

Cybersecurity workforce development is the key to assuring that the nation has adequate capacity to protect information and information systems.

This quickly growing field is both challenging and competitive. At PNW, we provide the tools you need to stand out, including US government-recognized curriculum and individualized attention from instructors.

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Cybersecurity Degree Program Outcomes

Through classroom and lab interaction with experienced faculty, applied research and experiential learning, you’ll begin your professional work with the confidence and knowledge to be successful in a dynamic, competitive field.

Cybersecurity Degree Program Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the cybersecurity field, including:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Cybersecurity penetration and vulnerability tester
  • Cybercrime analyst and investigator
  • IT auditor
  • Network and system administrators

Cybersecurity Degree Program Employers

Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • Franciscan Health
  • Amazon
  • People’s Bank
  • US Air Force
  • National Security Agency (NSA)

Beyond the Cybersecurity Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • IT Club
  • Cyber-Security Club
  • Cyber-Incident Response Club

Cybersecurity Degree Program Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity may also be considered for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

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Lucas D’Antonio, a fourth-year Computer Information Technology major with a concentration in Cybersecurity in the College of Technology, interned at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

It was a class in Linux system administration that helped me the most...I was assigned a real-world problem and I applied my education and experience to solve it.

All of the hands-on training I’m receiving at PNW is helping me narrow down exactly what I want to do once I graduate.

Joshua Phillips, ’22
Computer Information Technology: Cybersecurity

Travis McKinney

I was able to learn a little bit about everything – networking, programming, databases, security. It provided me a better understanding of how everything works together. It also gave me a wide variety of skills, not just for cybersecurity, that I can take with me into my career.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Tu

Michael Tu, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Information Technology

Michael Tu is a professor of computer information technology and director of the Center for Cybersecurity.

Calix

Ricardo A. Calix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology and Graphics

Ricardo A. Calix, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology at Purdue University Northwest.

Tae-Hoon Kim

Tae-Hoon Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology and Graphics

Tae-Hoon Kim is associate professor of computer information technology in the department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics. His expertise includes computer network, security and data science.

Ying Luo

Ying Luo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Technology and Graphics

Ying Luo is an assistant professor in the department of computer information technology and graphics. Her research and teaching focus on algorithm design, database management and cybersecurity.

Chuck DeCastro

Chuck DeCastro, M.S.

Lecturer, Computer Information Technology

Current responsibilities include teaching Networking, Operating System, Cyber Security and Computer Forensic Courses. I’m also the Advisor for the Gamers’ and Cyber ROAR Clubs.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s Cybersecurity degree enables you to reach a genuine understanding of all aspects of the industry while building a solid foundation in technology through hands-on experiences.

To see how a Bachelor’s Degree in cybersecurity from PNW opens doors, from corporate boardrooms to non-profit leadership, take the next step today!

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