Cybersecurity, B.S.

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About the Cybersecurity Program

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Program Overview


Cybersecurity leads the way to the future

You will learn how to identify & reduce the risk of cyber threats. This program will help you understand how to recognize, prevent & respond to cybersecurity issues. You will gain key skills & career opportunities through our courses.

Workforce Ready Graduates

  • We encourage you to participate in the industry certification preparation activities.
  • We advocate for internship/apprenticeship & co-op experiences.
  • Our core courses map into Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and other certifications.

Two Tracks

Choose a track & gain in depth knowledge. Or, you can complete core courses from both tracks to gain a wide-range of cybersecurity knowledge.

Applied Cybersecurity

Applied cybersecurity track focuses on administration of cybersecurity tools and managerial aspects of information security programs.

Cyber Operations

Cyber Operations track provides insights on secure software development and cybersecurity tool development.

Program Outcomes


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • To ensure a thorough preparation in the fundamentals of cybersecurity.
  • To give students the broad education necessary to understand the problems and solutions of cybersecurity in a global, economic, and societal context.
  • To use current standards and best business practices in information security management to develop cybersecurity policies and plans.
  • To understand professional and ethical issues arising from the impact of privacy and security on society.
  • To scientifically evaluate current and emerging security technologies and apply them in a real-world setting.

Learning Outcomes

A degree in cybersecurity prepares you for:

  • Cyber Operations
  • Policy
  • Risk Management
  • Research
  • Secure Software Development
  • IT Security Operations
  • Enterprise Security
  • Incident Response
  • Threat Hunting
  • Information Assurance
  • Compliance
  • IT Audit

Potential Careers for the Cybersecurity Graduate

Our graduates could have any of the following jobs:

  • Security Architect
    • Designs enterprise and systems security throughout the development lifecycle; translates technology and environmental conditions (e.g., law and regulation) into security designs and processes.
    • Average Salary: $106,000
  • Information Security Analyst
    • Plans, implements, upgrades, or monitors security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
    • Average Salary: $98,000
    • Certificate: Security+, CEH
  • Penetration and Vulnerability Tester
    • Performs assessments of systems and networks within the NE or enclave and identifies where those systems/networks deviate from acceptable configurations, enclave policy, or local policy. Measures effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.
    • Average Salary: $103,000
    • Certificate: CEH, LPT
  • Information Systems Security Manager
    • Responsible for the cybersecurity of a program, organization, system, or enclave.
    • Average Salary: $140,000
    • Certificate: Security+, CISSP
  • Risk Management Specialist
    • Analyzes and manages risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.
    • Average Salary: $70,000

Curriculum


This is a hybrid program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems within the Cameron School of Business.

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These are the core courses required by every student:

  • CYBR 201 - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • CYBR 202 - Cyber Policy, Legal, Ethics, Compliance
  • CYBR 245 - Cryptography and Data Security
  • CIT 225 - Linux Administration
  • MIS 320 - Network Fundamentals
    • Or CSC 344 - Computer Networks
  • MIS 324 - Information Security Management
  • MIS 352 - Network Systems Administration
  • CYBR 343 - Systems Security
  • MIS 365 - Ethical Hacking
  • CSC 131 - Introduction to Computer Science
  • CIT 301 - Cloud Computing & Virtualization
  • MIS 322 - Information Assurance and Security
  • CYBR 495 - Seminar in Cybersecurity
    • Or CYBR 498 - Internship in Cybersecurity
    • Or CYBR 499 - Honors in Cybersecurity
  • BAN 280 - Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
    • Or STT 215 - Introduction to Statistics

Applied Cybersecurity Concentration core courses:

  • CYBR 337 - Supply Chain Cybersecurity
  • CYBR 340 - Cybersecurity Program Management
  • CYBR 440 - Cyber Risk

Cyber Operations Concentration core courses:

  • CSC 133 - Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • CYBR 251 - Secure Programming Foundations
  • CYBR 358 - Cyber Operations

Electives:

  • CYBR 431 - Cloud Security
  • CYBR 435 - Cyber Fraud and Investigation
  • CYBR 445 - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • CYBR 446 - Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • MIS 310 - Web and Device Development Languages
  • MIS 327 - Data Center Management
  • MIS 363 - Advanced Telecommunications
  • MIS 410 - Web Application Development
  • MIS 419 - Information Technology Project Management
  • CSC 351 - Applied Software Security
  • CSC 464 - Advanced Cryptography and Blockchain
  • CSC 466 - Malware Analysis
  • CSC 468 - Reverse Engineering
  • CSC 470 - Hardware Security
  • CYBR 354 - Computer and Mobile Forensics
  • CYBR 424 - Computer Security
  • CYBR 432 - SOC Operations
  • CYBR 437 - Supply Chain Cybersecurity
  • CYBR 440 - Cyber Risk
  • CYBR 442 - Cyber Politics
  • CYBR 444 - Cyber Law and Cases
  • CYBR 462 - Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity
  • MIS 364 - Web Application Security
  • MIS 366 - Digital Forensics

Affiliated Faculty


Cybersecurity Affiliated Program Faculty
Headshot of Michael Abate Mr. Michael Abate
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Headshot of Hosam Alamleh Dr. Hosam Alamleh
Headshot of Ulku Clark

Dr. Ulku Clark*
Website

clarku@uncw.edu

Headshot of Jeff Cummings Dr. Jeffrey Cummings*
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Headshot of Burkhard Englert Dr. Burkhard Englert
Headshot of Clayton Ferner Dr. Clayton Ferner
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Headshot of Jeff Greer Mr. Jeff Greer
Headshot of Sima Jafarikhah Dr. Sima Jafarikhah*
Headshot of Douglas Kline Dr. Douglas Kline
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Headshot of Lucas Layman Dr. Lucas Layman
Website
Headshot of Minoo Modaresnezhad Dr. Minoo Modaresnezhad
Directory Profile
Headshot of Laurie Patterson

Dr. Laurie Patterson*
Website

pattersonl@uncw.edu

Headshot of Laavanya Rachakonda Dr. Laavanya Rachakonda
Placeholder silhouette photo Mr. Allen Randall
Headshot of Karl Ricanek Dr. Karl Ricanek
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Headshot of Geoff Stoker Dr. Geoff Stoker*
Website
Headshot of Hala Strohmier Dr. Hala Strohmier
Headshot of Ron Vetter

Dr. Ron Vetter*
Website

vetterr@uncw.edu

Headshot of Manoj Vanajakumari Dr. Manoj Vanajakumari
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*Affiliated faculty with asterisks are Cybersecurity Program Committee members.

Contact Us


Program Address

B.S. Cybersecurity
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Congdon Hall Room 2020
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: 910-962-3901
Fax: 910.962.3068
Email: cybersecurity@uncw.edu

Program Coordinator

Contact our Program Coordinator, Dr. Ulku Clark, for more information or to schedule a meeting to discuss this new major!

Dr. Ulku Clark
Congdon Hall, Room 2020
Phone: 910-962-3901
Email: cybersecurity@uncw.edu

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How Do I Become a Cybersecurity Major?

First, you need to apply to UNCW and enroll. As a new undergraduate student, you’ll focus first on courses that fulfill University Studies requirements. Students need to earn at least 24 credits at UNCW with a minimum GPA of 2.0. While you work on your University Studies requirements, you can start taking cybersecurity core courses to get foundational knowledge.