Thomas F. Kent, Ph.D.
Center for Natural and Health (CNHS) building, Room 318
(570) 348-6211 ext. 2278
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 320 A
B.S. in Information Security
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computer science occupations will account for nearly 60% of job growth between 2008 and 2018. Our information security program prepares students for one of the fastest growing segments of that field: cyber security. Students in our B.S. in Information Security program will:
- Develop proficiency in computer programming languages such as C++ and Java;
- Develop the skills to implement a security policy for protecting IT infrastructure and business data;
- Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding cybersecurity;
- Understand the architecture of modern computers;
- Be able to understand common data structures used in computing;
- Be able to analyze computer algorithms;
- Develop proficiency in computer networking;
- Understand the principles of computer operating systems.
Students who graduate with a degree in information security are well-prepared for work as forensic analysts, security architects, network security engineers, or computer crime investigators, among others.
Students in our B.S. in Information Security program may apply to our M.S. in Information Security program in their junior year in order to obtain a master's degree in five years.
A standalone master's level information security program for students with a B.S. in Computer Science or related field will be available in Fall 2017.
Course Requirements for B.S. Degree
I. Mathematics Courses (21 credits)
|MATH 201||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||3|
|MATH 202||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||3|
|MATH 203||Calculus with Analytic Geometry III||3|
|MATH 271||Transition to Advanced Mathematics||3|
|MATH 322, 322L||Linear Algebra and Lab||3|
|MATH 323||Number Theory||3|
|MATH 420||Discrete Mathematics||3|
II. Computer Science Courses (24 credits)
|CS 142||Programming in C++||3|
|CS 150||Object Oriented Programming||3|
|CS 242||Computer Architecture||3|
|CS 245||Computer Data Structures||3|
|CS 322||Computer Networks||3|
|CS 341||Analysis of Algorithms||3|
|CS 344||Operating System Principles||3|
|CS 490||Capstone Project||3|
III. Information Security Courses (18 credits)
|INSC 410||Legal Issues in Information Security||3|
|INSC 420||Introduction to Computer Security||3|
|INSC 430||Network Security||3|
|INSC 440||Introduction to Cryptography||3|
|INSC 445||Security Policies and Implementations||3|
|INSC 450||Digital Forensics||3|
IV. Cognate requirement (8 credits)
Computer Science majors must take PHYS 303, 303L, 304, and 304L. These courses satisfy Category III of the Liberal Arts Core Requirements.
||General Physics I
||General Physics I Lab
||General Physics II
||General Physics II Lab
V. Program and General Electives
Information Security majors must take three program elective courses in Computer Science, Information Security, and/or Mathematics, all of which must be at or above the 300 level.
All Marywood undergraduate students must have a minimum of 126 credits to graduate. Computer Science majors must take enough general elective credits to meet this minimum before graduation.