Computer Information Systems Major—Cybersecurity Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Computer Information Systems and Computer Science and Software Engineering

Stop Cyberattackers in Their Tracks

The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 20 percent of Americans have been victimized by some form of cybercrime. As cybersecurity becomes such a high priority in our world, the job market is booming with intense demand for professionals who can defend networks, data, and infrastructure.

PCC’s cybersecurity concentration gives students extensive knowledge of the latest tools and techniques available to combat cyberattacks and implement safeguards that keep systems safe.

With an emphasis on continually learning in this constantly changing field, students develop a strong foundation of logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail, learning to detect patterns and discover potential areas of vulnerability. Several courses are taught by professionals currently working in the cybersecurity field, bringing up-to-the-minute real-world perspective and experience to the classroom.

Students learn to anticipate the moves of sophisticated cybercriminals, using both defensive and offensive strategies to combat their tactics. Programming classes train students to spot trouble areas and to write software that cannot be exploited by hackers.

The mission of PCC’s cybersecurity concentration is to produce excellent, highly skilled Christian leaders who bring a moral and ethical approach to cybersecurity challenges.

The purpose of the cybersecurity concentration is to prepare students to develop, operate, and secure computing systems capable of operating within today’s complex digital world and its continual evolution of cyber threats. Students are trained to solve problems logically and apply tools and techniques to combat various types of potential attacks.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the cybersecurity concentration will be able to

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • analyze problems to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to their solutions;
  • design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to support the delivery, use, and management of information and computing systems;
  • participate effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field;
  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice; and
  • apply security principles to analyze and mitigate information system risks and threats.
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High School Preparation

Recommended high school preparation for a cybersecurity concentration is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete a cybersecurity concentration could be expected to increase.

Career Possibilities

  • Software security engineer
  • Security architect
  • Ethical hacker
  • Penetration tester
  • Information security analyst
  • IT security consultant
  • Security manager