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Program Overview

More than ever, businesses and other organizations depend on effectively managing and maintaining information and protecting digital infrastructures. When you major in Computer Science with a concentration in cybersecurity at Rockford University, you’ll learn the skills necessary to keep vital information secure.

With 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings projected worldwide by 2025, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. Graduating with a degree in computer science with an emphasis in cybersecurity will create significant job opportunities in a variety of industries such as healthcare, technology, financial services, government, manufacturing and more.

At Rockford University, the cybersecurity track offers you the opportunity to learn to build and maintain secure networks while benefiting from a thoughtfully crafted curriculum. With required courses in statistics, criminal justice, and business law and ethics, in addition to core courses in computer science and information technology, you will receive a well-rounded education that will set you up for success in the cybersecurity industry.

Skills You’ll Build

  • Software design techniques
  • Development, testing, and implementation of web-based systems and technologies
  • Procedural and object-oriented programming
  • Designing and implementing solutions to business systems problems
  • Fourth generation programming techniques
  • Information assurance/cryptography
  • Ethical hacking/penetration testing
  • Statistics
  • Nature, dynamics, and etiological theories of crime and criminal behavior
  • Ethical and legal business decision making

Quick Facts:

  • On-campus, undergraduate degree program
  • B.A and B.S. tracks available
  • 49-50 credit hours required for degree completion
  • Minor in another field is recommended but not required

Cybersecurity at a Glance

Median Annual Salary:

(Information Security Analyst)

Job Titles:

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cybercrime Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • Penetration and Vulnerability Tester
  • Security Systems Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Architect

Career Opportunities:

  • Deloitte
  • JPMorgan
  • Homeland Security
  • CIA
  • IRS
  • Apple
  • And more!