Cybersecurity (B.S.)

Marymount’s cybersecurity program recognizes the need for cybersecurity professionals to protect the increasingly digital world of today and tomorrow in business, in society, and in our personal lives.

The Cybersecurity program provides the following:

  • A solid foundation of all of the digital assets that must be protected in the digital world: how they work and are used today and how these digital assets may develop and be used in the future.
  • Knowledge and experience in cybersecurity tools and techniques that are used to protect the privacy and security of digital assets including desktops and laptops, mobile devices, servers, networks, devices in the cloud, and more.
  • A background in the underlying technology used in cybersecurity today including coding/scripting, data science, and network administration.
  • Identification of the many cyberthreat actors including cyber criminals, nation states, hactivists and others, together with their common cyberattacks including phishing, ransomware, denial of service attacks, and exfiltration to name a few.
  • An ethical framework for working in the cybersecurity field.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. in Cybersecurity, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze cybersecurity issues in government and industry as cybercriminal and nation state attacks continue to increase;
  2. Apply cybersecurity processes and tools to defend computer assets from attack; 
  3. Apply knowledge and skills in at least four of the cybersecurity fields where workforce demand is high including in a security operations center, in digital forensics; in penetration testing, and in compliance; 
  4. Adapt to the changing needs of the workplace by understanding the full spectrum of technology assets that need to be protected;
  5. Exhibit an ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical individuals to convey the importance of cybersecurity and ethical behavior to individuals, businesses, and the government. 

The Marymount cybersecurity program is recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), a group of elite universities offering high-quality cybersecurity education as recognized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

The program is compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and covers all the essentials knowledge and skills to start a cybersecurity career in government or industry. Students also learn the body of knowledge associated with important industry-wide certifications such as Security+. 

Marymount University has worked with community colleges in the region to maximize the credits that can be transferred into the program from dual enrollment programs, community colleges, other accredited 4-year schools, and from many verifiable industry certifications. 

The faculty for this program, full time and part time, are experienced and knowledgeable in the specific subjects they teach and, when applicable, use extensive hands-on activities to support learning. Labs are integrated in the courses so students can practice with the same tools and techniques they will use in the job world as they learn the foundations. This is enhanced by a wide range of extra-curricular activities including competitions, boot camps, and working on real-world problems.

Students are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the changing cybersecurity attack vectors including threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks, as well as the tools available to defend our technology from these attacks.  Students also engage in research with our faculty in areas such as cryptography, artificial intelligence, cyberthreat intelligence and more. A variety of paid and volunteer opportunities are available under the direction of our diverse and experienced faculty.

Internship Prerequisites

To make sure students are ready for the workforce; all students must take a for-credit internship in the cybersecurity field before graduation. A minimum of 90 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and grade of C or better in IT 323, Junior IT Seminar, are required to register for the internship.

Credits Required

The B.S. in Cybersecurity requires at least 120 total credits.

Minimum Grade Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all IT and Data Science courses. A minimum grade of C+ is required for IT 423 Senior IT Seminar and IT 489 Capstone Project.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete 21 credits of their cybersecurity major at Marymount.

Degree Requirements – Cybersecurity

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total credits.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

See the Liberal Arts Core for details. These important courses are included in the degree plan as shown below and enhance your computer science education ensuring so that you have life skills (writing, team work, critical thinking, ethics, etc.) to be successful in college and in your chosen career.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in sequence determined in collaboration with an advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements.

IT 112  Introductions to Computer Systems and Computer Architecture OR IT110 Information Technology in the Global Age  3
IT 120  Cybersecurity Principles 3
IT 129 Python Scripting 3
MA 260 Discrete Mathematics for IT 3
IT 223 Sophomore Seminar 1
IT 212 Software Architecture & Design OR IT205 Digital Technologies 3
IT 210 Software Engineering  3
IT 229 Advanced Python Programming 3
IT 321 Cloud Computing 3
IT 208 Computer Networking  3
IT 323 Junior seminar 3
IT 376 Network Administration OR IT 373 Wireless Networks and Security 3
IT 310 Database Technology 3
IT 315 Operating Systems & Virtualization 3
LA 350 Cyberlaw 3
IT 355 Software Quality Assurance, Documentation, Testing 3
MTG 345 Project Management 3
IT 335 Corporate Cybersecurity 3
IT 423 Senior IT Seminar 3
IT 490 Internship 3
IT 370 Digital Forensics 3
IT 357 Malware Analysis OR IT 341 Data in the Cloud 3
IT 489 IT Capstone Project 3
IT 351 Cloud Security & DevSecOps OR DATA 325 Data Analytics OR IT 377 Understanding Cybersecurity Risk 3
IT 390 Cybersecurity Attack & Defend 3

Sample Degree Plan – Cybersecurity

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One – Fall

IT 112 Introductions to Computer Systems and Computer Architecture OR IT 110  IT in the Global Age 3
Social Science core course 3
EN 101 Composition I core course 3
History core course  3
PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy core course 3

Year One- Spring

IT 120 Cybersecurity Principles 3
IT 129 Python Scripting 3
MA 132 Statistical Analysis OR MA 218 Probability and Statistics 3
EN 102 Composition II core course 3
TRS 100 Theological Inquiry core course 3

Year Two – Fall

MA 260 Discrete Mathematics for IT 3
IT 223 Sophomore Seminar 3
IT 212 Software Architecture & Design OR  IT 205 Digital Technology 3
IT 210 Software Engineering 3
PH 313 Cyber ethics 3
EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course  3

Year Two – Spring

IT 229 Advanced Python Programming 3
Elective course or minor course 3
HI Literature core class) 3
Natural Science (NS) with Laboratory 4
IT 208 Computer Networking 3
MGT 345 Project Management 3

Year Three – Fall

IT 323 Junior Seminar 1
IT 376 Network Administration OR IT376 Wireless Networks and Security 3
IT 310 Database Technology 3
IT 315 Operating Systems & Virtualization 3
Social Science core course   3
Fine and Performing Arts core course  3

Year Three – Spring

LA 350 Cyberlaw 3
IT 355 Software Quality Assurance 3
Elective course or minor course 3
IT 335 Corporate Cybersecurity 3
IT321 Cloud Computing  3

Year Four – Fall

IT 423 Senior IT Seminar 1
IT 490 Internship 3
IT 370 Digital Forensics 3
IT 357 Malware Analysis OR IT 341 Data in the Cloud
Elective course or minor course 3

Year Four – Spring

IT 489 IT Capstone Project 3
Elective course or minor course 3
Elective course or minor course 3
IT 351 Cloud Security & DevSecOps OR DATA 325 Data Analytics OR IT377 Understanding Cybersecurity Risk 3
IT 390 Cybersecurity Attack & Defend