Information Security

Program Contact:

Craig Johnson, Ph.D.
johnsonc@maryu.marywood.edu
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 319

(570) 348-6211 ext. 6291

Administrative Assistant:

Marcie Gaughan
mgaughan@marywood.edu
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 320 A 
(570) 348-6265

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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: cybersecurity. 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.

Careers

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.

5-Year Program

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.

M.S. in Information Security

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 2019.

Course Requirements for B.S. Degree in Information Security

Curriculum Guides

I. Mathematics Courses (23 credits)

CourseTitleCredits
MATH 155 Statistics 3
MATH 211 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
MATH 212 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
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)

CourseTitleCredits
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)

CourseTitleCredits
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 (4 credits)

Information Security majors must take PHYS 303, and 303L. These courses satisfy Category III of the Liberal Arts Core Requirements.

CourseTitleCredits
PHYS 303 General Physics I 3
PHYS 303L General Physics I Lab 1

V. Program and General Electives

All Marywood undergraduate students must have a minimum of 120 credits to graduate. Information Security majors must take enough general elective credits to meet this minimum before graduation.