Cyber Security Bachelor's Degree

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Cyber Security Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

  • Principles of Cyber Security
  • Security Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Networking
  • Advanced Network Security
  • Virtualization
  • Security Controls
  • Cyber Security Policy Analysis
  • Regulatory and Legal Compliance
  • Auditing Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Risk Management and Business Continuity
  • Cryptography and Traffic Analysis
  • Enterprise Storage Management
  • Hacker Techniques, Tools and Applications
  • Malware Reverse Engineering
  • Computer Forensics
  • Managing Security Awareness
  • Cyber Security Capstone

This course introduces students to a detailed examination of a systems-wide perspective for cyber security. Students will be introduced to security strategic planning processes which includes an examination of policies, procedures, and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in an organization.

Prerequisite:ISM 2321 Managing Information Security

Course ID: CIS 3086
Credits: 3

This course explores the elements of risk management essential to the business environment. This course will develop the rationale for risk-management strategies and examine the environments in which they operate. Students will learn, analyze, and evaluate approaches to measuring and managing risks in various business environments.


Course ID: CIS 3139
Credits: 4

This course offers an in-depth study of current networking technologies. Topics include OSI model, communication protocols, routing protocols, WAN architecture (ATM, VPN, MPLS, and hybrid networks), Wireless and QoS. Topics include, enterprise network needs to deliver business objectives, layered security defense configuration, advanced routing technologies ,threat intelligence platforms, hardening server operating systems and business systems.

Prerequisite:CIS 2647C Windows Directory Services (or MCSA 70-741 certification)

Course ID: CNT 3126
Credits: 4

This course offers an in-depth study of current network security technologies that help maximize investment in foundational network security strategies. This course also aligns to the Cisco CCNA certification objectives, covering protocols used to implement network security services, firewall security using ASA ACL and Modular Policy Framework, and on and offsite secure communications protocols. In addition, this course takes an in depth look at network defense concepts and techniques. Students will examine the tools, techniques and technologies used in the securing of information assets. Topics covered include: intrusion detection, virtual private networks (VPN), and incident response strategies and planning, wireless network security and securing data in a cloud.

Prerequisite:CET 2522C Cisco Network Routing and Switching (or CCENT 100-105 ICND1 ver.3 certification)

Course ID: CNT 3003
Credits: 4

This course offers an in-depth study of current virtualization technologies and discusses strategies and approaches for virtualization of servers, clients and applications. Topics include vSwitch, distributed virtual switching (DVS), server-side vs. client-side desktop virtualization (SBC & VDI) and virtual appliances. Students will gain hands-on experience with deploying and managing virtual systems and applications.

Prerequisite:CNT 3126 Advanced Networking

Course ID: CNT 3777
Credits: 4

This course develops basic understandings behind regular monitoring and reporting of business processes to guarantee data security. Topics include, analyzing fundamental business processes, describe objectives behind trust service principles, create security controls to meet trust service principle objectives, generate control test plans, design monitoring techniques, and design reporting techniques.

Prerequisite:CNT 3126 Advanced Networking; CNT 3003 Advanced Network Security

Course ID: CIS 3240C
Credits: 4

This course includes a discussion and assignments on security policies that can be used to help protect and maintain a network, such as acceptable use policy, password policy, e-mail policy, and internet policy. Topics include, organizational behavior and crisis management, cyber security policies, organizational change, cyber security training.

Prerequisite:CIS 3086 Principles of Cyber Security

Course ID: CIS 3332
Credits: 4

This course provides an overview of the legal, institutional, and regulatory framework that businesses should put in place to address information security. This course identifies the laws, rules and procedures for all individuals accessing and using an organization's IT assets and resources.

Prerequisite:CIS 3086 Principles of Cyber Security

Course ID: CIS 3417
Credits: 4

This course covers the principles, the approaches, and the methodology in auditing information systems to ensure the processes and procedures are in compliance with pertinent laws and regulatory provisions especially in the context of cyber security.


Course ID: CIS 4039
Credits: 4

This course covers how to properly analyze risks within an IT department. Topics covered are disaster recovery planning, business continuity planning, and how to create risk analysis documents for all applications assessing their long-term viability and backup solutions. Students will also perform business impact analysis to analyze key areas that are most vulnerable when a risk-based situation has occurred. Students will develop a disaster recovery plan and learn how to process and implement each phase of the plan they have developed. Issues covered include organizational behavior and crisis management.


Course ID: CIS 4189C
Credits: 4

This course covers how cryptanalysis theory can be used to address confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) in an enterprise environment. This course also covers how enterprise organizations can decipher internal data communications for traffic analysis and reporting. Topics include private and public key cryptography, digital signatures, secret sharing, security protocols, and formal methods for analyzing network security, electronic mail security, firewalls, intrusion detection, Internet privacy and public key infrastructures.

Prerequisite:MAD 3300 Discrete Mathematics

Course ID: CIS 4028C
Credits: 4

This course will cover various methods of data management. Students will learn to design and implement Storage Area Networks, Disk Arrays, and data backup. Students will cover topics such as data de-duplication, cloud backup and managing both physical and virtual data backup environments. Topics also covered are maintaining both onsite and offsite data backups and creating a backup policy.

Prerequisite:CNT 3126 Advanced Networking

Course ID: CIS 4162C
Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to hacking tools and incident handling. Areas of instruction include exposure to various tools and vulnerabilities of operating systems, software, and networks used by hackers to access unauthorized information. This course also addresses incident handling methods used when information security is compromised.

Prerequisite:CIS 4028C Cryptography and Traffic Analysis

Course ID: CIS 4456
Credits: 4

This course provides students with tools and methodology to deduce the design of malware, to determine how something works, discover data used by malware, and to aid in the analysis of malware via disassembly and/or decompilation. The ability to understand malware of unknown origin or malware for which source code is unavailable is a critical skill within the cyber operations field. Use cases include malware analysis and auditing of closed source software.

Prerequisite:MAD 3300 Discrete Mathematics

Course ID: CEN 4200C
Credits: 4

This course examines computer literacy and C.I. legal issues regarding seizure and chain of custody, and technical issues in acquiring computer evidence. Popular file systems are examined. Reporting issues in the legal system are discussed.

Prerequisite:CIS 4028C Cryptography and Traffic Analysis

Course ID: CIS 4385C
Credits: 3

This course identifies key components of a security awareness program including continuous improvement strategies. This includes three major steps in the development of an IT security awareness and training program. Topics include, designing the program, developing awareness strategies and training material, and implementing the security awareness program.


Course ID: CIS 4222C
Credits: 4

This course includes a summative assessment project that covers all areas of the Cyber Security Bachelor's curriculum. This comprehensive project gives the student a framework, based on real-world situations to exercise critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and security skills. This course presents the student with a data breach scenario requiring completion of a Root Cause Analysis Report (RCA) along with an Incident Response Management Plan (IRP). This course also prepares a student for the System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification exam.

Prerequisite:Expected to be the final upper-level core course completed

Course ID: CIS 4955C
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Select 1 course)

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (*Required course)

  • Discrete Mathematics

Discrete mathematics is an essential part of the foundation of statistics and algebra. In this course, students will study logic, counting, probability, and basic cryptography. Topics include set theory, functions, relations, algorithms, and graph theory. The emphasis is on ideas and abstraction in addition to problem solving. This course will prepare students to apply abstract thinking in their prospective career fields.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Developmental Education coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam

Course ID: MAD 3300*
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 course)

Total Degree Credits

Transferred Lower Division Credits: 90

Upper Division General Education Credits: 24

Upper Division Major/Core Credits: 66

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits: 180

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