Cybersecurity & Networking

Designed and taught in collaboration with industry experts, RWU’s cutting-edge Cybersecurity & Networking program trains the next generation of high-demand information security specialists to protect the computer networks we rely on every day. With courses that cover technology security and networking skills combined with a specialized focus area like digital forensics or audits -- all taught through hands-on study in our Forensics and Networking Security lab -- you’ll learn how to solve issues like hacking, cyberattacks and internal threats for any organization.

Degree Requirements

The Cybersecurity & Networking Major

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This degree program, designed by faculty and industry professionals, which provides students with the opportunity to study aspects of computing and technology related to TCP/ IP networking, telecommunication, and computer security. In particular, this program allows for a broad background in both technology security as well as basic networking skills during the first three years of study and then allows the students to develop a focus area which serves as a major. The focus area serves to provide the student with specific skills in a variety of suggested areas which will lead to a range of diverse careers using technology and security in industry.

This program focuses on hands-on knowledge of computers, routers, switches, and other technologies as a basis for study and adds a security focus to provide insight into the technology needs of modern corporations who deal with both hacking, internal threats, error and audit as part of the IT specialization.

The program is IT oriented but security driven and should provide students with a diverse resume suitable to jobs such as network administration, IT security specialist, firewalling support, penetration testing, packet analysis, and other IT support roles within the networking, security, or IT departments of the organization.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Networking must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, 13 required major courses, a 12 credit focus area of courses at the 300 and 400 level, MATH 124, 6 requirements in other departments, and a sufficient number of electives to total at least 120 credit hours.

Requirements in the Major

SubjectNumberTitle
SEC100Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware
SEC101Introduction to Computer Software
SEC200Introduction to Computer Security Techniques
SEC201Introduction to Networking
SEC205C++ Program
SEC210Linux Shell Scripting
SEC220Database Design
SEC230Networking and Telecommunications
SEC231Advanced Networking
SEC300Security Techniques II
SEC310Linux Server Administration
SEC320Digital Forensics I
SEC330Penetration Testing I
SEC340Code, Codemakers and Codebreakers – A Beginning Class for Cryptography
SEC405Firewalling and Defense
SEC415Intrusion Detection
SEC421Digital Forensics III
SEC432Network Analysis
SEC433Specialized Networking Skills
SEC450Law for Networking, Security and Forensic Professionals
SEC469Internship in Networking and Security

Required Focus Area

Students must select a 12 credit focus area of SEC courses at the 300 level or above. Examples of focus areas include digital forensics, general networking, networking and security, or security audit. Other technology courses may be considered in discussion with the student’s advisor.

Requirements in Other Departments

  • COMM 210
  • COMSC 110/Lab
  • COMSC 111/Lab
  • COMSC 260
  • MATH 124

Additional Recommended Courses

MATH 213 and MATH 214

The Cybersecurity & Networking Minor

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The networking and security minor is available to all students.

SubjectNumberTitle
SEC100Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware
SEC200Security Techniques
SEC300Security Techniques II
SEC450Law for Networking, Security and Forensic Professionals
Any two additional SEC; Networking and Security courses at the 300 or 400 level.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.