Bachelor in Cybersecurity


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Program Description

We live in an information society. Nothing could be more important than protecting that information. Today, security software professionals are in high demand. Interested? Mercy College is the place for you.

With a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, you can test, implement and configure any new security software and/or technologies, apply a sound security policy to their daily jobs, and provide protection and disaster recovery to companies' business systems.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Identify types of risks, cyber threats and vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures through wired and wireless networks.
  • Design, develop, and implement to prove the concepts of cyber defense, cyber offense, cyber investigation, and cyber management.
  • Understand the privacy of information, information hiding, information assurance, information encryption/decryption.
  • Function effectively in a team to complete prototyping of detection, prevention, and protection for internal and external cyber-attacks and cyber intrusions.
  • Acquire evidence related to cyber crimes from personal computers, smartphones, infrastructure hosts, wired and wireless networks.

Cybersecurity B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • General Education Requirements 60 Credits
  • Cybersecurity Core 48 Credits
  • Open Electives 12 Credits

Total of 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Cybersecurity must complete:

Foundation Courses
  • CISC 131 Foundations of Computing I*
  • CISC 231 Foundations of Computing II*
  • MATH 122 Statistics*
  • MATH 244 Discrete Structures
  • IASP 221 Linux Administration
  • IASP 230 Introduction to Cybersecurity**
Major Courses
  • IASP 330 Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
  • CISC 335 Computer Network II
  • CISC 337 Database Management Systems
  • IASP 355 Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
  • CISC 385 Cryptography/Computer Security
  • IASP 420 Network Security
  • IASP 430 Forensic/Electronic Discovery
  • IASP 455 Secure and Intelligent Programming
  • IASP 470 System Security

And five courses form the following:

  • CISC 311 Data Structures
  • CISC 339 Artificial Intelligence
  • IASP 340 Security Policy and Procedures
  • CISC 341 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 359 Web Site Administration
  • IASP 380 Workplace Experience in Cybersecurity Field I
  • IASP 381 Workplace Experience in Cybersecurity Field II
  • CISC 370 Systems Analysis & Design
  • CISC 395 Special Topics Computer Information Systems
  • CISC 411 Object/Structure/Algorithm II
  • CISC 421 Operating Systems
  • IASP 395 Special Topics in Cybersecurity
  • IASP 397 Independent Study in Cybersecurity


  • Mercy College's 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of cybersecurity must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above.
  • Cybersecurity majors who have not had their mathematics core requirement waived should complete MATH 116 and MATH 201 (rather than MATH 115) as part of their General Education Requirement, hence they can take MATH 244 in sequence. Students should contact their faculty advisors or department chair before taking MATH 115.
  • CISC 120 is a prerequisite for introductory courses but may be waived if students pass the waiver exam.
  • Some courses are offered once a year. Please check with the department for the current course offering schedule.
  • Undergraduate students may take a maximum of two graduate-level courses (other than IASP 585) to fulfill the major elective requirement.
  • Students in the B.S. program can apply for the B.S. + M.S. dual degree during their junior or senior year.

To get the benefit of a dual degree, students should use their open electives to take as many graduate courses as possible. Students in the dual degree program may apply a maximum of twelve credits taken at the graduate level (other than IASP 585) to fulfill the requirements of their undergraduate degree.

* These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirements. The total of major concentration is 16 courses or 48 credits.

** This course can be transferred into if students have a current Security + certificate.

Students can choose to have a minor in cybersecurity. We suggest students consider taking the following among the five necessary courses: IASP 230, IASP 330 and IASP 420.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to monitor security systems, including firewalls and intrusion detection systems; create, implement, and oversee security policies; plan disaster recovery; conduct regular compliance audits, and prepare to take the CISSP certification exam.

Cybersecurity Accolades

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Last updated Dec 2019

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