Cyber Security (Bachelor of Science)

Prepare for a career applying the technologies and procedures needed to secure information systems. Grantham University’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security will give you the cyber security information you need to identify security risks and create effective strategies to stop them. You will also discover how information systems security is essential to organizational success.

What will I learn in this online Cyber Security degree program?

Your curriculum focuses on operating systems, computer architectures, networking protocols and security basics. After graduation, you will possess the knowledge to analyze the role of security within an organization, as well as educate employees within the business about their security responsibilities. Plus, you’ll be prepared to sit for industry-standard certifications in Network+, Security+ and CISSP, where otherwise qualified.

Note: Grantham cannot guarantee successful completion of those exams. In some cases, field experience and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or successfully pass the exams.

What careers can I pursue with a Cyber Security bachelor’s degree?

You could pursue a number of information security careers, such as information security analyst, network administrator or IT security specialist1.

How long is this online Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program?

At 127 credit hours, your accredited online cyber security degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will the Cyber Security online degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour. This rate may be lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Additionally, Grantham University offers scholarships and financial aid for students who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so you may start whenever you are ready.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Cyber Security (Bachelor of Science)

Cyber Security Degree Program Outcomes

What is cybersecurity? After successfully completing these cyber security degree programs, 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
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares students to succeed in a diverse array of professional and civic settings by incorporating the following critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – the ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – an awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – a sense of responsibility toward the greater societal good, and decision-making with an applied ethical framework
  • Lifelong Learning – the definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout students' professional lives

Cyber Security (Bachelor of Science)

Pursue an online degree in cyber security solutions and prepare for a career as a professional information security specialist or analyst1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Data Security Administrator
  • Information Security Officer
  • Information Technology Security Analyst
  • Network Specialist
  • Systems Engineer

Employers can include:

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

Cyber Security (Bachelor of Science)

Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your career. While enrolled in the online cybersecurity degree program, your curriculum will look like this:

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 69
General Education Core Credit: 21
Electives Credits: 30
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC

Textbook Information

Program Core: 69
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete self assessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to problem-solving concepts that programmers need to know and understand to skillfully use any programming language. Throughout this course students use language-independent problem-solving methods to structure logic (sequencing, branching, repetition), and data (records, objects). Students will also use diagramming and charting methods to communicate solutions and use arrays, menus, and flow charts to communicate structured programming solutions.
Course: CS200 Title: Programming in Java Credits: 4
  This is a beginner- to intermediate-level programming course devoted to object-oriented programming using Java. Topics include object-oriented programming, classes and instances, looping, arrays, flow control, packages, interfaces, streams, files, and applying advanced graphical user interface elements. In addition to Java applications programming, the course introduces Java applet programming. The fundamental principles of object-oriented programming are covered, as well as a number of advanced topics. The course makes extensive use of Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) and a variety of online resources.
Course: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  Students are provided an introduction to networking technologies including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. In addition to introducing a variety of fundamental concepts, the course encompasses in-depth aspects of networking including the Internet protocol suite (TCP-IP).
Course: IS316 Title: TCP/IP Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive, hands-on look at TCP/IP. Coverage includes the latest TCP/IP stack implementations in Windows XP/2003 and 2000, as well as SMTP and IPv6. Practical skills are learned with extensive hands-on projects, in-depth case projects, and review questions.
Course: CS340 Title: Operating Systems Credits: 3
  This course provides an applied introduction to commercial operating systems. It is intended for intermediate students who have basic programming skills. Key concepts of computer systems and operating systems are introduced, as well as the communications and linkages associated with computer systems. Operating systems that are introduced include Microsoft MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 2000, UNIX/Linux, and IBM System/360 OS/JCL.
Course: CS386 Title: Systems Architecture Credits: 4
  An advanced course that studies the technical description of both hardware and systems software. This course combines important technical aspects of these subjects as well as business aspects related to both hardware and software.
Course: IS211 Title: Introduction to Information Systems Security Credits: 3
  Students explore 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 also examined. Students gain hands-on experience using various systems tools to reinforce concepts and theories.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  Students apply the fundamental concepts of Information Systems to business. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems developments, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce coverage.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  Students identify the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Topics include identification of information assets, documentation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality and availability. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS320 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. The course covers the relational model, structured query language (SQL), data modeling, database design and database administration.
Course: IS336 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to the tools and techniques used in systems analysis and design, including Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Gantt charts, economic feasibility analysis, data flow diagramming, and other modeling techniques. The primary focus of the course is ascertaining the early phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  Students analyze 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. Topics include organizational structure and culture, network diagrams, critical chain scheduling, cost estimation and project control procedures.
Course: IS355 Title: Risk Management Credits: 3
  Students explore the application of risk management in business related information security situations. Topics include discussion of legal, ethical and professional issues in information security, analysis of firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and intrusion detection systems, and application of security plans and access control in order to secure information.
Course: IS360 Title: Disaster Recovery Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster recovery and countermeasures for networks and businesses. Assess risks in the enterprise, determine critical business components, develop an enterprise disaster recovery system, and develop disaster policies, procedures, departmental roles and communication processes for enterprise network. It will provide a foundation in disaster recovery principles, including preparation of a disaster recovery plan, assessment of risks in the enterprise, development of policies, and procedures, and understanding of the roles and relationships of various members of an organization, implementation of the plan, and recovering from a disaster. Learn how to create a secure network by putting policies and procedures in place, and how to restore a network in the event of a disaster. Produce a disaster recovery document of procedures and policies to implement training, testing and rehearsal of a disaster recovery.
Course: IS411 Title: Network Security Credits: 3
  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.
Course: IS440 Title: Human Decision and Security Engineering Credits: 3
  Providing an exploration of the human aspects of Cybersecurity, this course will educate students on human motivation and interaction, how security controls may be bypassed by a person's intentional or unintentional acts, and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. Topics include human behavior and interaction, motivation and influence, and social engineering. Emphasis is on the human element of cyber incidents in relation to protecting information and technology assets.
Course: IS450 Title: Security Trends and Legal Issues Credits: 3
  This course examines the legal environment pertinent to security professionals. Topics include the role of government, relevant civil and criminal law, constitutional rights and privacy issues, intellectual property, and compliance. In addition, current trends in cybersecurity are explored.
Course: IS461 Title: Cryptography Credits: 3
  This course explores 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; message authentication codes; mathematical underpinnings of cryptography; cryptanalysis; public-key infrastructure; and implementation tradeoffs. Students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art technologies through completion of weekly lab exercises. The primary focus of the course is on building critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Course: IS471 Title: Computer Forensics Credits: 3
  This course explores 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. Experience with forensics tools and techniques are provided.
Course: IS481 Title: Database Security Credits: 3
  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.
Course: IS499 Title: Security Capstone Credits: 3
  This course provides an integrative experience in the cyber security program through a review and integration of the major security domains. Building on coursework in the program, current trends and a comprehensive view of the field are used to provide a framework for the assessment, interpretation, and evaluation of security scenarios. A broad review of the materials that were presented within the program will be covered through hands-on experiences. A term-long project is a final deliverable of the course.
Course: MA141 Title: Precalculus Credits: 3
  An intermediate level mathematics course on the basics of algebra and trigonometry. Topics include factorization, powers and exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, inequalities and absolute value, progressions, graphing, introduction to limits, and basic trigonometry.
General Education: 21
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: EN361 Title: Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course teaches the skills needed to produce such forms as memos, informal reports, proposals, and letters of applications. The course starts with theory and proceeds to skills and applications. Some of the topics studied include the Technical Writing Process, Research, Summarizing, Outlining, and Formatting of various reports. Your knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated through objective tests, and your writing skills will be evaluated by your performance on writing assignments.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  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.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.

You may substitute CS265 - Programming in C++ for CS200.