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Cybersecurity, Computer Information Systems Emphasis

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The field of cybersecurity is growing rapidly. Due to the integration of cyber-systems in our daily lives, our businesses, and our governments, there is a huge need for cyber expertise. Lander's BS in Cybersecurity program prepares students for a career in this high demand field.

The program educates and trains students for careers in technical and non-technical areas related to the field of cybersecurity. Students completing the core courses of this program will gain deep technical knowledge to develop and maintain cybersecurity solutions along with an understanding of non-technical areas including administrative, ethical, and legal aspects of cybersecurity. The Computer Information Systems emphasis focuses on deeper technical skills needed for developing and maintaining cybersecurity solutions.

This major serves both traditional and non-traditional students seeking education and training in the growing field of cybersecurity. The program covers all core elements of the cybersecurity field and is suitable for individuals with no prior knowledge of computing or cybersecurity, e.g. students finishing high school or individuals with no prior computing knowledge or experience.

Careers in Cybersecurity

This is a great time to pursue a cybersecurity career. With an almost zero rate of unemployment, cybersecurity positions can be found in every field of work. You can choose a career as

  • a security specialist to monitor and maintain security administrations,
  • as a cryptographer to develop and implement techniques for secure data communication,
  • as a penetration tester to recognize errors and possible vulnerabilities in a cyber-system,
  • as a digital forensic investigator to find and analyze the evidence left after a digital exploit, or
  • you may choose to start your own cybersecurity consultancy.

Additionally, this program will provide you with the ability to seek industry certifications or graduate education, if desired.

BS in Cybersecurity Program's Core Curriculum

As a cybersecurity major you will take courses in computer programming, digital forensics, cryptography, computer communication principles, database design and management, fundamentals of cybersecurity management, computer system administration, and hands on networking.


Frequently Asked Questions
The program is as a traditional four-year undergraduate program.Individual completion time will depend on how much coursework student had completed before joining the program and the course load they carry each semester.

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 121 Mathematical Applications
OR MATH 123 Calculus and its Applications
OR MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
  MATH 212 Statistical Methods II 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2 United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R


CIS 102 Application Software
OR successful completion of exemption exam
CIS 120 Fundamentals of Information Systems & Information Technology 3
CIS 130 Problem Solving and Programming Methods 4
CIS 140 Networking Lab 1
CIS 230 Computer Programming Principles I 4
CIS 240 Introduction to Data Communications 3
CIS 243 Fundamentals of Cyber Security 3
CIS 260 Network and Systems Administration 1
CIS 343 Information Systems and Practice 3
CIS 344 Network Security and Forensics 3
CIS 345 Introduction to Cryptography 3
CIS 346 Cybersecurity Planning and Management 3
CIS 360 Database Design 3
CIS 449 Cybersecurity Capstone 3


CIS 231 Computer Programming Principles II 4
CIS 320 Information Systems and Practice 3
CIS 341 Theory of Data Communications 3


MATH 125 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
OR MATH 325 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 211 Statistical Methods I
OR MATH 311 Mathematical Statistics

Select 1
MATH 200MATH 208MATH 242MATH 300MATH 308
Total Major Program Requirements 58-62
Additional Electives 22-27


  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses