Mathematics & Computer Science: B.S. in Information Security
Craig Johnson, Ph.D.
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 319
(570) 348-6211 ext. 6291
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 320 A
Class of 2011
I am currently spending a majority of my week as a data analyst just outside of Chicago, building data bases for a major food and beverage company. What was great about Marywood was that I never felt like just another number in any of my classes. I never felt out of place asking questions and that allowed me to get a better understanding of any and all concepts that I can now use to further my career.
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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.
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 2019.
Course Requirements for B.S. Degree in Information Security
I. Mathematics Courses (20 credits)
|MATH 155 or 220||Statistics||3|
|MATH 211||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||4|
|MATH 212||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|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 (4 credits)
Information Security majors must take PHYS
|PHYS 303||General Physics I||3|
|PHYS 303L||General Physics I Lab||1|
V. Program and General Electives
An addition 15 credit of electives is needed to obtain a total of 120 credits. 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.