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B.S. in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree
Students pursuing a major in computer networks and cybersecurity are introduced into the program by taking courses designed to give them foundational IT skills. This will progress to include the network security aspects of IT, where the student will learn Microsoft and Cisco technologies in addition to tackling topics associated with cybersecurity and digital forensics. Specifically, the student will be required to prepare a design network proposal, clearly specifying the plan for administering and maintaining the network. Also, the students will learn the process of installing and configuring Windows servers, the implementation of infrastructure for advanced serves and the means of troubleshooting IT problems.

What You’ll Learn

The deliverables of the course entail:

  1. Skills necessary for designing, implementing and administering local-area and wide-area networks according to organizational needs.
  2. The know-how to resolve problems that may emerge in IT systems and the skills to effectively troubleshoot systems to make them user-friendly.
  3. Construct secure IT systems by following the relevant procedures and policies.
  4. Candidly use an array of communication styles in communicating the master IT knowledge.
  5. Uphold the desired workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principlesthat meets the organization’s goals.
Coursework Examples

Students who have taken this cost in the past have benefitted from such opportunities as:

  • First-hand evaluation, installation, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting computer hardware components and assorted operating systems.
  • Configuring and managing Cisco switches within multiprotocol internetworks, which include, among others, VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), wireless network protocols, and routing protocols.
  • Managing and troubleshooting various features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, Remote Access, Windows Deployment, and User Accounts
  • Acquiring the skills for designing, developing and writing technical documents.
Industry Certification

Pursuing this program sets you up to take the following certification exams:

  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate–Security (CCNA Security)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)
  • IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

The structure of this program is such that for a major in computer networks and cybersecurity, one must successfully complete 120 credits of coursework, of which 33 are for the major; 41 are aligned to the general education requirements; and the remaining 46 are comprised of the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. Note that a student must earn at least 17 credits in the upper level courses to fulfil the requirement of the major.

Course CodeCourseCredits
CMIT 202 Fundamentals of Computer Troubleshooting 3 Credits
CMIT 265 Fundamentals of Networking 3 Credits
CMIT 320 Network Security
CMIT 321 Ethical Hacking
CMIT 340 Malware Analysis
CMIT 350 Interconnecting Cisco Devices
CMIT 369 Window Server: Install and Storage
CMIT 370 Windows Server: Networking
CMIT 371 Windows Server: Identity
CMIT 372 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
CMIT 373 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
CMIT 391 Linux System Administration
CMIT 424 Digital Forensics Analysis and Application
CMIT 425 Advanced Information Systems Security
CMIT 440 Mobile Forensics
CMIT 451
CMIT 452
CMIT 454
CMIT 471
CMIT 495
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Designed to make the student ready for the CompTIA A+ exams.) Prerequisite: IFSM 201. The course exposes the student to a thorough review of computer hardware and software, and lays emphasis on the need to adhere to the current safety practices unique to the computing environment. The course’s objective is to mold professional capable of evaluating, installing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting both computer hardware and operating systems.

(Designed make the student ready for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.) Prerequisite: IFSM 201. The course introduces the learners to networking technologies for local- and wide-area networks, as well as for wireless networks. The learner should therefore be able to recognize and install the network appropriate to a given scenario. Among the topics covered we have OSI (open system interconnection) model, security, and networking protocols. However, students can only receive credit for either CMIT 265 or CMIT 265M.

(The course, by design, seeks to prepare the student for the CompTIA Security+ exam.) Prerequisite: CMIT 265, CSIA 302, or CompTIA Network+ certification. The course focuses on elaborating the fundamental concepts of computer security and its implementation. The goal, therefore, is to ensure that graduates have the expertise needed to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation on IT systems, evaluate and select the technology appropriate to a given setting, and install proper security features.

(Formerly CMIT 398E. It is designed to prepare learners for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certifications.) Prerequisite: CMIT 320. The course seeks to build the learners’ capacity to discover vulnerabilities, recommend appropriate solutions, and ensure complete data protection from potential hackers by imparting structural knowledge. The key areas of focus are penetration-testing tools and computer network protection techniques. Successful students may only receive credit either for CMIT 321 or CMIT 398E.

Designed to make the students ready for the GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware [GREM] certification exam.) Prerequisites: CCJS 321 (or CCJS 421), CMIT 320, and CMIS 102. The course employs a project-driven approach to teach students how to manage malicious software (software designed to disrupt systems or gain sensitive information). Successful learners should be able to employ different techniques when analyzing malware andother potentially malicious software that are often used in forensic investigations.

(Designed to prepare the learner to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination) Prerequisite: CMIT 265. The course practically introduces students to Cisco internetworking devices. It aims at enabling the learners to configure and manage Cisco switches within multiprotocol internetworks. Among the topics covered are VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), WAP (wireless network protocols), and routing protocols. Successful students may only receive credit either on CAPP 498E, CMIT 350, or CMIT 499D.

(Designed to make students ready for the Windows Server Install and Storage exam, which is part of the MCSE Certification.) Prerequisite: CMIT 265. The course provides an overview of the process of configuring and installing Windows Server operating systems. Its objectives include, among others, to impart installation, configuration, and troubleshooting skills specifically for Windows Server operating systems, including domain and network services.

(The course is by design, intended to prepare the learner for the Windows Server Networking exam, part of the MCSE Certification.) Prerequisite: CMIT 369. It provides an overview of the process of managing Windows Server operating systems. Successful learners should be capable of managing, and troubleshooting the features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, Remote Access, Windows Deployment, and User Accounts.

(Designed to make the learner ready for the Windows Server Identity exam, part of the MCSE Certification.) Prerequisite: CMIT 370. The course is an advanced review of the processes of configuring and managing Windows Server infrastructure. Its goal is to mold students to become experts in managing, configuring and troubleshooting Windows Server services, including Network Load Balancing, clustering, Dynamic Access Control, advanced network services, and advanced Active Directory roles.

(The course is by design intended to prepare the student for the Server Infrastructure design and implementation exam, part of MCSE Server Infrastructure Certification.) Prerequisite: CMIT 371. The course focuses on developing student knowledge and skills essential for planning, designing, and deploying physical and logical Windows Server infrastructure. Its goal is to enable students design Active Directory, Network Infrastructure Services, and Network Access Services.

(Designed to help prepare the student for the Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure exam, part of MCSE Server Infrastructure Certification.) Prerequisite: CMIT 372. The students will comprehensively study and acquire skills necessary to plan and implement the advanced features of a Windows Server infrastructure. Its goal is to enable the successful learner to plan and implement highly available enterprise and server virtualization infrastructures and identity and access solutions

(The course is by design intended to prepare the student for the Linux Professional Institute Certification 1 [LPIC-1] and Linux+ exams.) prerequisite: CMIT 265. The course is an in-depth study of the Linux operating system. Its goal is to mold experts capable of configuring and managing assorted IT processes, among them being user interfaces, device files, print facilities, file systems, task automation, the boot-up/shutdown sequence, disk storage, network connectivity, system security, users, and groups. Successful students may only receive credit either for CMIS 390, CMIT 391, or CMIS 398U.

(Designed to make the learner ready for the Certified Computer Examiner [CCE] certification exam.) Prerequisites: Either CMIT 202 (or ComptTIA A+ certification) and CCJS 421 or CMIT 202, CMIT 320 (or CompTIA Security+ certification), and CCJS 321. The course employs a project-driven approach to sharpen student knowledge on process of conducting a digital forensic evaluation. The objective is to create experts that can build forensic workstations, accurately collect evidence, extract artifacts, identify unknown files, and reassemble evidence from network packet captures.

(Formerly CMIT 499S. Designed to make the learner ready for the (ISC)2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam.) Prerequisite: CMIT 320 or CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications. Recommended: BMGT 110, IFSM 300, or two years of business and management experience. The course requires the learners to master concepts of information systems security used to enhance the security of an organization. Successful learners should be able to identify, manager and mitigate security risks in an IT environment. Students may only receive credit on either CMIT 499S or CMIT 425.

(The course is by design intended to prepare the student for the IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMD) certification exam.) Prerequisite: CMIT 424. The course employs a project-driven approach to enable students analyze mobile devices from a forensic perspective. The goal is to mold experts capable of implementing different techniques when collecting and analyzing information from mobile devices used in forensic investigations.