Cybersecurity and Computer Networks
This degree program combines system administration fundamentals with a foundation in cybersecurity concepts. Classes focus on best practices to implement, administer, and secure operating systems and computer networks.
Students will learn highly marketable technical skills and have the knowledge to meet the ever-changing technologies used in business and industry. Graduates will be prepared to install operating systems, configure networks, manage servers, and other typical system administration tasks while maintaining fundamental security practices.
The curriculum contains core classes in computer hardware, Windows, Linux, networking and security. To round out their skills, students also have classes in database, web design, and basic programming/scripting. Some students may have the opportunity to compete for cooperative education/internships at local businesses for college credit.
Classes can be taken entirely online, on-campus or a combination of both. For online classes, students have the option to attend live class sessions through the Internet. Using this format, students can watch or participate in the on-campus section of class as it is in progress. Class sessions are also recorded for later viewing for students who cannot attend the live sessions.
Students can complete the program in two or three years, depending on preparation in Math, English and Computers.
Students taking the Cybersecurity and Computer Networks program should be logical, detail-oriented, and interested in computers and networking. They should be able to type at least 40 words per minute and know how to perform basic file management skills such as saving, deleting, copying and backing up files. Students should also be comfortable using a Windows-based computer, be able to easily navigate the Internet and be comfortable using email. For students that struggle to meet these requirements, CSCI 101 is very highly recommended.
Students are required to have their own modern laptop computers. Those who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.
BSC Cypersecurity and Computer Networks students can enhance their degree by obtaining industry-standard certification exams including A+, Linux+, Network+, Security+, CCENT, CCNA, and MCSA.
Students are prepared to work in information technology departments in various businesses and organizations. It is an opportune time to be involved in the Information Technology (IT) industry, as research shows IT-related jobs have seen three times the nation's job growth over the past decade. In North Dakota, there is estimated to be a 21% increase for IT-related occupations by the year 2024, making it one of the fastest-growing industries in the state.
Career opportunities: Computer Support Specialist, Computer Technician, Computer Operator, Help Desk Support, Systems Administrator, Security Administrator, Network Administrator, Systems Security, Data Security Administrator and Information Security Officer.
Matt Frohlich • Tech Center 110