Network Security Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

The demand for skilled cyber security professionals who can handle advanced network security design and disaster recovery is on the rise, as the incidences of corporate computer and network breaches increase. Job openings for network security experts are expected to grow beyond 10 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Network Security Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree is an in-depth education program with a broad-based curriculum to place graduates in successful cyber career positions.

Some of the acquired skills include those associated with network administration and security, computer networks, data communications, protecting electronic data through both offensive and defensive tactics, penetration testing, ethical issues, firewalls, security designs in Linux and Microsoft platforms, VPN as well as computer forensics. Some of the courses taken in network security program may qualify for certifications through professional organizations and vendors like CompTIA that meet industry-recognized standards. Overall, the degree equips students with advanced skill-sets to design network security programs for a variety of organizations.


180 Credit Hours
Length: 36 months

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Associate degree or equivalent plus the following classes (see Undergraduate Admissions section for a description of the Sullivan 2 + 2 programs):

Course Titles Credit Hours
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting I 4
BUS 224 Professional Development 4
CSC 105 Introduction to Programming 4
CSC 200 Principles of Technology 4
CSC 240 Visual Programming 4
CSC 364 System Analysis and Design 4
CSC 405 Advanced Telecommunications and Networking4
CSC 414 Senior Seminar in Information Technology 4
CSC 450 Sofware Engineering 4
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
FYE 101 Information Literacy 4
GEN 215 Human Dynamics 4
MGT 304 Principles of Management 4
MNE 108 Computer Hardware Fundamentals 4
MNE 109 Computer Network Fundamentals 4
MNE 112 Administrating Windows Server 4
MNE 203 Introduction to Linux 4
MNE 204 Linux Server-Configuring the X Window Sytem4
MNE 210 Active Directory 4
MNE 211 Network Infrastructure 4
MNE 212 Security Certified Specialist 4
MNE 213 Computer Security Fundamentals 4
MNE 241 Windows Server Application Infrastructure 4
MNE 320 Certified Ethical Hacking 4
MNE 340 Network Security Architecture 4
MNE 360 Network Penetration Testing 4
MNE 408 Installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 4
MNE 409 Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization 4
MNE 430 Security Design and Compliance I 4
MTH 101 College Mathematics 4
MTH 201 College Algebra 4
MTH 202 Introduction to Statistics 4
MTH 305 Discrete Math 4
PSA 102 Introduction to Legal Systems 4
PSY 214 Introduction to Psychology 4
Credit Hours  144
General Studies Electives Students must choose four additional General Education
classes, including one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category
and one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category. These
classes are in addition to the required General Education classes
listed in the associate and bachelor’s curricula. See the Table of
Contents for the complete
Free Electives Elective classes are selected in consultation with the student’s
faculty advisor to balance the program in keeping with the
student’s personal objectives or associate degree.
Total Credit Hours  180

Important note: if the Associate degree or other transfer credit does not include the prerequisite courses for the required courses listed, those classes must also be completed for the Bachelor’s degree.


What are some websites with more information on the Computer Network Security & Forensics field? America’s code breakers and code makers, the core missions of the NSA and CSS are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signal intelligence information. Their website includes cryptologic heritage and historical information on the agency and its evolvement. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the pre-eminent public-private partnership working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), corporate sponsors and partners and nonprofit collaborators to promote cyber security awareness for home users, small and medium sized businesses, and primary and secondary education.


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