Cybersecurity is a critical interdisciplinary field that seeks to mitigate the ever-growing number of cyber threats that we all face in a more and more connected world. Whether defending government systems from intrusion, developing more secure software, managing a corporation’s network security, analyzing new forms of malicious software, exploring new software vulnerabilities, managing user security, or implementing new cryptographic methods, there is a wealth of different areas in cybersecurity that need talented professionals who can not only handle the tasks of today, but also innovate and tackle the security challenges of tomorrow.
Students majoring in Cybersecurity who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science.
Areas of Study
The bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity offers an array of courses, including computer security, system administration, ethics, software security, penetration testing, networking, and more.
You can position yourself for a particular area of the cybersecurity job market, from managerial to software development. The minor includes in-depth and hands-on exposure to several key areas of information/cybersecurity such as system/OS security, penetration testing, and software security, so you will obtain hands-on practical experience in these areas.
Internships allow qualified students to earn academic credit, gain real-world experience, and boost their resumés by working at technical firms, government offices, or security firms. At UMW, you’ll find internship opportunities convenient to campus and in nearby Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.
To earn honors in cybersecurity, students who meet GPA and course prerequisites may pursue individual study under the direction of an affiliated faculty member.
UMW’s major in cybersecurity requires 44 credits, including a core program of cybersecurity coursework and courses in computer coding, mathematics, networks, and business law.
The cybersecurity minor, within the UMW College of Business, requires 17 credits that include classes from computer science, business, and management information systems. You will take such courses as programming and problem solving, software development, network principles and applications, computer and information security, computer ethics, practical ethics, business ethics, and business administration.
Cybersecurity majors can apply for several scholarships and awards.