Cyber Security and Network Engineering

Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

Learn Cyber Security and Network Engineering best practices in the design of secure modern networks, as well as how to secure existing computers and network systems. Combining security theory and hands-on practices, course topics include computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security, incident response, evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools.

Career Possibilities

  • Digital Forensics Specialist
  • FBI - Cyber Security Analyst
  • Information Security Analysts

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High school grad year or G.E.D.

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Bachelor of Science Degree

The Cyber Security and Network Engineering program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the networking and cyber security industries. The Bachelor of Science degree is ideal for students who already possess an Associate in Science degree in Network Engineering or a related discipline and continues on the base built during the associate degree, giving students more extensive experience in the management of Local Area Networks (LANs), intranets, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and exposure to configuring and managing web servers. The curriculum includes core topics in the realm of cyber security, such as computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security and incident response.

Students will learn best practices for the design of secure modern networks as well as how to secure existing computers and networks.  Students will learn about evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools.  Both security theory and hands-on practice are stressed.

A key feature of these programs is a senior project and the choice between additional coursework or a cooperative learning experience in the final two quarters. In the senior project, each student works with a faculty member to develop and present a project that focuses in depth on a particular topic and allows students to bring together knowledge gained throughout the program.

The cooperative learning experience, based on industry demand and with the approval of the IT Department Chair, may be available during the final two quarters of the program. These experiences, which may be paid or unpaid, allow students to receive college credit and to work off campus in an organization where they will practice and enhance their technical skills. Typically, and when available, students will work in the same organization for the final two quarters of the bachelor's degree program. 

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take such internationally recognized certification exams as the CompTIA Security + and Network+ exams, the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA), and the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security and Network Engineering, students can compete for positions like systems operations and maintenance professional, network security specialist, digital forensics and incident response specialist, vulnerability analyst, and LAN managers. Positions in law enforcement will also be attainable.  While the emphasis of the program is on network security, graduates are qualified for positions advertised as network administrators, network engineers, and network analysts.


Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission:

The mission of the Cyber Security and Network Engineering bachelor program is to provide preparation for the field of information technology with a focus on cyber security and network engineering. Through a combination of theory, labs, and optional field experience, the program emphasizes application of knowledge to the specifications and requirements of the cyber security, information assurance, network engineering and computer support industries, and teaches students to strive towards providing and enhancing a productive business environment. The Cyber Security and Network Engineering bachelor program is designed to provide more depth and breadth with topics learned in the Information Technology Network Engineering associate program, and to introduce more advanced concepts and practices with topics beyond what was covered in that program.

Program Goals:

  1. Through participation in a Senior Project or Internship, provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and the professional attitude necessary to function as an IT professional requiring intermediate and advanced skills.
  2. Educate students in the skills required to gather and analyze information required to successfully translate business scenarios into technical solutions through appropriate design, implementation, and troubleshooting.
  3. Cultivate every student’s ability to critically analyze advanced IT problems, and efficiently and correctly troubleshoot those problems.
  4. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and lifelong learning by furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
  5. Strive to instill in each student a sense of professional commitment and integrity with respect to the security and privacy of clientele and information, the rights of copyright holders, and the inherent responsibilities of license users.
  6. Help prepare students to acquire various entry and intermediate level industry certifications.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Organize, compile and maintain information security documentation.
  2. Understand how physical and logical network topologies and operation apply to information security.
  3. Analyze and apply ethical and legal concepts related to information assurance and cyber security.
  4. Analyze and understand risk management and threat awareness.
  5. Analyze digital evidence to determine user and intruder activity on systems.
  6. Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of log data and personally identifiable information.
  7. Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the security of computer systems and the services that they provide.
  8. Plan, design, implement, analyze, integrate, and troubleshoot simple and complex networks via participation in a Senior Project or Internship.
  9. Create, follow, and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual IT professional, and in a team environment.
  10. Apply practical and theoretical Network Engineering knowledge based upon the foundation concepts defined in an integrated environment.
  11. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, subordinates, team members and clients. In particular students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people.
  12. Provide network and computer support in a responsible and ethical manner, and comprehend and comply with applicable laws and regulatory standards.
  13. Respect different cultures, customs, and professional technical methods and procedures inherent in an industry with many differences based on locality or region.

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • CYB 371 Digital Forensics
  • CYB 373 Penetration Testing
  • CYB 394 Windows Security
  • CYB 408 Linux Security
  • CYB 409 Web Application Security
  • CYB 412 Network Security
  • CYB 423 Incident Response
  • IT 374 IT Project Management
  • IT 378 Database Management
  • IT 415 Cooperative Learning I
  • IT 425 Cooperative Learning II
  • NE 371 Network Scripting
  • NE 381 Design and Implementation of an Active Directory Network
  • NE 385 Linux System Administration
  • NE 405 Mail Servers
  • NE 406 Router Security and Firewall Management
  • NE 407 Virtualization
  • NE 415 Scaling Networks
  • NE 417 Connecting Networks
  • NE 425 Network Engineering Senior Project