Bachelor - Network Security

If you would like an opportunity to learn to assess the security requirements of computer networks, you could do so by enrolling in a relevant bachelor's degree program. You might begin your journey by applying to ECPI University's Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Network Security program. Learn more about this course of study here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

In part, network security degree programs explore the methods by which computer professionals can safeguard the computer systems and confidential data of businesses. When you enroll in ECPI University's Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Network Security program, you will have opportunities to learn how to protect such data as well as how to create and implement UNIX, CISCO, and Windows-based computer networks. The program is designed to teach you what it takes to ensure network security by installing specialized software and monitoring network systems for breaches. You could also examine troubleshooting, risk management, and disaster recovery practices. As a program graduate, you could be able to sit for Microsoft, Cisco Systems, or CompTIA certification examinations. This program is offered online and at select ECPI University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science in Network Security program at ECPI University, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Along with excellent technical and critical-thinking skills, you should have a creative mindset and the ability to concentrate for extended amounts of time. Good leadership and organizational abilities are also important.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The program consists of eight semesters, and year-round enrollees could complete their studies in approximately 2.5 years. You must earn 121 semester credits. Program requirements immediately follow.

Core Curriculum Courses

Course Code Course Title
BUS 102 Fundamentals of Customer Service
BUS 122 Principles of Business & Management
CIS 121 Logic & Design
CIS 131 Database I
CIS 150 Networking I
CIS 282 Web Interface Design
CIS 420 System Analysis & Design
CIS 471 IT Project Management

Arts & Sciences Courses

Course Code Course Title
CAP 480 Arts & Sciences Capstone
COM 110 Principles of Speech
ENG 110 English Composition
ENG 120 Advanced Composition
HUM 205 Culture & Diversity
MTH 131 College Algebra
MTH 200

MTH 140
Pre-Calculus
OR
Statistics
PHY 120 Physics
PHY 120L Physics LAB
PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 220 Positive Psychology

Self-Integration & Computer Literacy Courses

Course Code Course Title
CIS 106 Introduction to Operating Systems
COR 090 Career Orientation Seminar
FOR 110 Essentials for Success
IST 120 Computer Applications

Network Security Concentration Courses

Course Code Course Title
CIS 151 Networking II
CIS 202 Introduction to Routing and Switching
CIS 204 Intermediate Routing and Switching
CIS 206 UNIX Administration
CIS 212 Network Security Concepts
CIS 245 Windows Client & Server
CIS 403 Network Security I
CIS 410 Network Security II
Various ElectivesYou must complete 33 credits of elective courses

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As an aspiring network security professional, you might seek career opportunities in a wide spectrum of areas. You could pursue opportunities with technical companies, financial organizations, business offices, educational institutions, government agencies, or healthcare facilities. Entry-level jobs for which you might apply upon graduation are:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Solution Provider
  • Technical Support & Help Desk Staff
  • Network Applications Manager

Advanced Degrees

In order to further study network management and cyber security topics, you could pursue a master's degree. A graduate program could allow you to complete a thesis project as well as pursue advanced studies in areas such as computer security, information systems, technical writing, risk management, and regulation and compliance. Graduate programs such as the following might be helpful:

  • Master of Science in Computer, Information, & Network Security
  • Master of Science in Network Management
  • Master of Science in Information Security