The networked, globalized world has made us more connected than ever before, but it’s also resulted in new vulnerabilities. Everyone from individuals to multinational corporations to federal governments have to take precautions to keep their information systems safe and protected.
About Salem’s Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree
With Salem University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) with a concentration in Cybersecurity, you can prepare to play a key role in the securing of data and information systems in a variety of settings. Our cybersecurity degree program can provide you with the skills, technical know-how, and abilities you need to step into the modern workforce in a field that offers many opportunities for growth and advancement. A BSIT degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).
We’ve designed our bachelor’s degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule. Salem offers STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the US Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the Nation and the World.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity?
A bachelor’s degree in information technology with an emphasis in cybersecurity can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:
- Technical Support Specialist
- Network Security Analyst
- Cybersecurity Specialist
- Intelligence Collection
- Intelligence Analysis
- Inspection, Investigation and Compliance
- Computer Forensics Analyst
- Operations and Maintenance Manager
What Will I Learn in Salem’s Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity?
At Salem, our goal with our BSIT — Cybersecurity program is to provide you with the foundation to build a lifelong career as an IT professional. This starts with foundational coursework in a broad range of IT topics, like programming, database systems, and computer networking. We also include theory, experiential learning, and applied knowledge skills to improve your competencies and ability to solve problems in the global, dynamic information technology field. We unite instruction with real-world application in the classroom, and all of this is brought together in a capstone course that gives you the opportunity to set up and manage an actual sporting event.
In your specialized Cybersecurity courses, you’ll cover topics like:
- Legal and practical aspects of data collection and digital evidence and the techniques and skillsets involved, including proxies, firewalls, vulnerability assessments, and volatile and persistent data
- Networking theory and concepts within the context of common network environments, from small corporate offices to more complex enterprise networking models
- The basics of computer network security and security research, including basic cryptography, cryptanalysis, and system security
- The proper implementation of information security systems using a layered approach to protect assets from malware, viruses, cybercrime, social engineering, DDoS, hacking, and more
What Cybersecurity Classes Will I Take?
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program with a specialization in Cybersecurity requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core information technology credits that include:
- IT110 IT Essentials
- IT130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
- IT150 Computer Programming
- IT151 Computer Programming 2
- IT202 Internet Publishing
- IT310 Database Architecture
- IT323 Methods of Software Development
- IT409 Basic Networking
- IT445 IT Project Management
- IT499 Senior Capstone Project
You’ll also take 15 credits in the Cybersecurity specialization:
- IT405 Computer Forensics
- IT410 Enterprise Networking
- IT420 Information Systems Security
- IT425 Advanced Cybersecurity
- IT450 Special Topics
How Long Will It Take to Get My Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree?
On average, a full-time student can earn their Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Cybersecurity in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.
Why Should I Choose Salem University?
Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:
- Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
- A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
- Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
- Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
- A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students
Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.
Take the Next Step
If you’re interested in getting started on your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology — Cybersecurity degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.