Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity
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.
- 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:
- comprehend the fundamentals of information technology, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity knowledge and skills;
- be able to analyze system vulnerabilities, threats and risks and apply cybersecurity controls;
- 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;
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ITS 45400 – Assured Systems Design And Implementation
- ITS 45800 – Advanced Topics in Cyber Forensics Practices
- ITS 47800 – Advances Topics in Cybersecurity Practices
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.
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 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
Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:
- Franciscan Health
- 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
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:
- National Science Foundation CyberCorp Scholarship for Service
- U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)
Our Computer Information Technology programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.
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.
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.
I've been in my position as a Cyber Security Analyst with Hyatt Hotels for 8 months now, having been offered the position a mere two days after graduation. I can honestly say that I've never been happier. Without Purdue Northwest, the staff and faculty in the College of Technology, and the CIT program, this would have not been possible.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology
Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology
Tae-Hoon Kim is associate professor of computer information technology in the department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics. His expertise includes computer network and security.
Assistant Professor, Computer Information Technology
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.
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.
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!