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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Degree

Today's society has become increasingly dependent on technology, creating a significant need for professionals well-versed in the skills related to cybersecurity.

  • Increasing numbers of technical and security failures threaten America's energy grid, personal data, financial institutions, government and more.
  • Demand for professionals with these skills is significant. According to Forbes, more than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in 2015 in the U.S., and 1.5 million cybersecurity jobs are expected to be unfilled globally by 2020.
  • The National Security Agency (NSA) has established a program for recognizing excellence in cybersecurity at universities.

For these reasons and more, Southwest Baptist University's Department of Computer and Information Sciences is launching a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity beginning fall 2017.

SBU's cybersecurity program is unique in that you will be equipped with coding and software engineering skills that will enhance your versatility in the cybersecurity industry. While most cybersecurity degrees approach data security from an information technology approach, SBU’s program approaches data security from a software-engineering perspective.  

Studying cybersecurity at SBU will equip you to be on the digital frontlines in the ongoing cyber battle between forces of good (innocent individuals, small businesses, corporations, government) and forces of evil (digital thieves, corporate saboteurs, terrorists).

1st
program
of its kind
in the area

(SBU is the first school in the greater Springfield, MO area to offer an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity.)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from expert faculty including Dr. Jim Cain, who is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a published researcher in the secure coding area, and Meilani Conley, who worked for Booz-Hamilton as a security specialist and held a classified federal security clearance.
  • Study in a unique degree program developed with advisement by data security professionals.
  • The SBU CIS Department has achieved 100% job placement 13 of the past 16 years.
  • SBU is home to the only UI/UX Lab in the state of Missouri.
  • Graduates from the SBU CIS department typically earn starting salaries ranging from $50,000-$75,000.

Faith Integration

The SBU Department of Computer and Information Sciences is dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. For example, each year at least one senior project is chosen that has an intentional spiritual focus. In the past, these senior projects have benefited companies and organizations such as Global Media Outreach, New Tribes Mission and IMB missionaries in Thailand.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

There is a real need for software engineers that understand secure coding and can produce secure applications.  This program addresses that need but also provides the foundation for a career in information security.  If you want to pursue a career in the information security field, this program should be at the top of your list for consideration.

Mark Garton, Director of Information Security and Compliance, O'Reilly Auto Parts

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMMING TEAMS

SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Additionally, SBU is the 2017 CCSC Mid-South Regional Champion Competitive Programming Team! Use what you're learning in the classroom to compete in various regional and national competitions throughout the year.

PHI BETA LAMBDA (PBL)

SBU’s PBL team, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competes nationally in various categories. The team has produced five national champions and 15 top-10 finishes at PBL Nationals in the past 10 years.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY (ACM)

Join SBU's chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest scientific and educational computing society.

Accreditation

The SBU College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Computer Science program is accredited by ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission.

SBU's computer science program is the only ABET-accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500-mile radius of Bolivar, and is one of just six evangelical Christian institutions nationwide to receive this accreditation. SBU's CIS Department is the only department at any evangelical Christian institution in the U.S. to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

competitive programming

SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the past five years.

  • CCSC Central Plains Regional Champion seven times in past 10 years
  • AITP National Collegiate Conference national top three or higher 13 times in past 10 years
  • Top-20 team in the Mid-Central United States region at the International Collegiate Programming Contest each year since 2005

research lab

SBU CIS students benefit from the CIS Research Lab, a Windows 7 100 base TX Ethernet networked lab housing three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred NVidia system. Lab is primarily used for senior projects, work study and research projects.

scholarships

You will have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS department award for their first year.

cybersecurity Program Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 4
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
CIS 1001 Computer Science Seminar 1
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 4
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
CIS 2033 Information Assurance 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 4
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 3013 Digital Forensics 3
PSY 2033 Social Engineering 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 15
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms & Data Structures 3
CIS 3023 Network Security 3
CIS 2043 System Administration 3
MAT 3343 Mathematical Statistics I 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
CIS 2013 Networks 3
CIS 3033 Secure Software 3
  Required BUS/SOC/CRJ Elective 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 15
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 4453 System Security 3
MAT 4343 Mathematical Statistics II 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
CIS 4463 Ethical Hacking 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 2
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
  General Education or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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CYBERSECURITY PLAN