(Bachelor of Science Degree)
Cybersecurity is essential to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of defending and protecting computers. Utica University students explore innovative techniques to protect, prevent, and investigate cyber-attacks, including detection and remediation methods. In the Utica University Cybersecurity program, our students learn how to secure an organization’s data and intellectual property from both an attack and defense perspective. Through experiential learning and real-world simulated exercises, students leave the program with industry-recognized certifications and micro-credentials.
The National Security Agency (NSA) designated our Cybersecurity program as a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Crime Center (DC3) designated the University’s Digital Forensics and Incident Response specialization as one of fifteen colleges or universities in the country to earn the coveted title of a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE).
There is also an online master’s program in Cybersecurity. For more information on the master’s program, consult the Utica University graduate catalog.
A student who completes the undergraduate major in Cybersecurity will demonstrate the following either orally or in writing:
- Synthesize and apply the core tenets of cybersecurity –confidentiality, integrity, and availability– to address contemporary information security problems.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills related to cybersecurity.
- Discuss technical, legal, ethical, social, and cultural aspects of cybersecurity.
- Investigate cybercrimes and intrusions in information technology systems.
- Develop the technical proficiencies required to protect and defend computer network architectures, information systems, and applications.
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.