(Bachelor of Science Degree)
The assurance of information during transmission or while in storage and the security of critical information infrastructures are a major responsibility of government and the private sector. Securing computers and computer networks, and conducting investigations of cybercrimes and forensic analysis of digital devices are principal methods of securing cyberspace. Through a multidisciplinary approach integrating criminology, criminal justice, economic crime, and computer science, students will be prepared for entry-level positions either in cybercrime investigation and computer forensics or the security of information stored in or transmitted by computers and computer networks.
Utica College offers an on-ground undergraduate program in Cybersecurity; there is also an undergraduate online program for transfer students. The online BS in Cybersecurity degree is a completion program, which means that students must have an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program. Students transferring into this program without an Associate’s degree, but who have at least 57 transferable credits from a four-year institution may be considered. Additionally, students who show academic promise and don’t meet the prior 2 requirements may also be considered. However, all students must meet the New York State Education Department’s mandated liberal arts requirements. A success coach will create an academic plan for students to ensure all core, liberal arts, and graduation requirements are satisfied. Please see Utica’s Academic Requirements for more information on Utica’s Core and liberal arts requirements for transfer students.
There is also an online master’s program in Cybersecurity. For more information on the master’s program, consult the UC graduate catalog.
A student who completes the undergraduate major in Cybersecurity will demonstrate the following either orally or in writing:
- Identify the main stages of the criminal justice process and the agencies responsible for administering justice.
- Classify the principles of Cybersecurity.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills related to cybersecurity.
- Discuss technical, legal, ethical, social, and cultural aspects of cybersecurity.
- Classify the principles of cybersecurity.
- Investigate network-based crimes and intrusions.
The faculty has identified several advising specializations, groups of courses within the elective offerings that provide students with a focused path of study. Elective specializations are not formal parts of the curriculum but options within the elective section of the program. Students do not have to focus on a specialization but can with the consent of their advisor, simply elect to take courses that meet their needs or interests. The specializations identified by the faculty are:
Students in Cybersecurity are required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) across major, major-related, major elective, and major concentration courses by the first semester of their junior year and to maintain that average thereafter.