Cybercriminals are smart. You’re smarter.
For every advance in technology there’s a cybercriminal trying to manipulate it. Major in cybersecurity at the University of Mary Washington and you’ll harness the knowledge and skills to face down those shadowy threats, whether you’re defending government systems from intrusion, managing corporate network security, or analyzing and blocking malware. Here you’ll learn to shield the systems of today and develop the analytical skills to outfox malicious actors of the future.
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 major and minor include 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 resumes 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. Our partnership with the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative provides students with access to exclusive internships and CCI’s Clearance Preparedness Program.
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, cryptography, networks, and business law.
The cybersecurity minor requires 17 credits that include classes from computer science and the College of Business. You will take such courses as programming and problem solving, software development, ethics, network principles and applications, computer and information security, ethical hacking.