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Protect organizations against digital threats
The Columbia College cybersecurity program gives you a foundational understanding of computers science while preparing you to protect operating systems against cyber-attacks. You’ll be able to utilize a broad skill base to anticipate, identify, assess and respond to digital threats.
You will learn to manage database development and security projects. Acquire technical skills to work in Java, C++, C# and web programming languages. Learn to develop software using agile processes.
Additionally, you’ll understand the techniques and theories around use of algorithms, operating systems and networks.
Finally, you’ll have the skills to conduct digital investigations, processing evidence according to accepted professional standards.
Opportunities to study:
- Software development
- Computer programming
- Operating systems
- Computer networks
- Project management
- Digital forensics
Prepare for the in-demand field of cybersecurity
From massive database breaches to small-scale scams, cyber threats have become the norm in today’s society. And employers are scrambling to find talented professionals to help fight back.
With a cybersecurity degree from Columbia College, you’ll be equipped for these in-demand roles.
Utilize a broad skill base to anticipate, identify, assess, protect and respond to digital threats. You’ll be prepared to monitor systems for breaches, investigate violations and develop security standards. Work in computer system design, information technology or for government agencies. Or, work for finance, health and other companies that store massive amounts of sensitive information.
Employment of cybersecurity occupations is growing at a much faster-than-average rate, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Cybercrime investigation
- Cyber network defense
- Cyber ops analytics
- Cybersecurity analytics
- Cybersecurity consulting
- Information systems analytics
- Security vulnerability testing
Dr. Yihsiang Liow
"In some areas of study where you study the theory, in computer science, you actually implement the theory. You can understand the logic behind a computer game, and then you can write your own game."Read about Yihsiang
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 53-54 credit hours
- Electives 21-25 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Advanced concepts of data, storage, organization, and retrieval. Topics include multiple-linked lists, balanced trees, graphs, abstract data types, classes and methods, object-oriented programming, searching and sorting. Prerequisite: CISS 245 or CISS 243.
Network architecture and the OSI model. Physical protocols for data transmission and error detection/correction, data link concepts, LAN protocols, internetworking, end-to-end service and security considerations. Prerequisite: CISS 350.
Introduction to information systems security issues associated with formal and informal systems' protection, detection and responses. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
The hardware, firmware and software organization of computer systems, basic operating systems concepts, concurrent processes, CPU and disk scheduling, memory management, deadlocks, systems evaluation and simulation, and performance measurement. Prerequisites: CISS 350 or CISS 358.
This course is about software architecture theory and methods. Topics include technical, project, business, and professional aspects of architecture, and how it is used in agile projects, and emerging technologies. Prerequistes: CISS 298 and CISS 311.
Introduction to web programming issues associated with developing web applications and website design.
April 20, 2020
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— Genoveva Gomez-Lince, Psychology student
October 7, 2016
Networking event helps computer science students make connections
September 1, 2020
"I just cannot evangelize the department that we have at Columbia College enough."
— Michael Fisher, senior computer science major
"[Upsilon Pi Epsilon] promotes the computing and information disciplines."