The Information Assurance and Cyber Defense program emphasizes design, integration, administration,
hardening, and protection of all types of computer information systems and network infrastructures in
modern cyber environments. Students are immersed in solid theories as well as intensive hands-on
practical experiences to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities applied to all
elements in modern computing disciplines. The curriculum covers:
● Computing and networking theories/practices
● System architecture and administration, integration and troubleshooting
● Cybersecurity threat/risk evaluation
● Incident response analysis and practice
● Network/digital forensics and investigation
● Penetration testing and system auditing
● Cyber laws, legislation, policy/compliance, and project management
Per the U.S. Department of Labor 2018 handbook, computer and information technology occupations are
projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The median
annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was
higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690. Graduates are in demand to work in
private, public, and government agencies. Recent graduates have held positions at Amazon, Dell
SecureWorks, Duo Security, Google, Snapchat, General Electric, and Dominos Corporate.
This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.
This program will be in The College of Engineering and Technology
Computer Sciences (CS) & Computer programming, Farm Management, General Engineering & Technology, Software Engineering
4 years | Full time
Only one is required
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