Ever wanted to stop cyber criminals in their tracks? SPC's online Cybersecurity bachelor's degree can help you do just that. Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree builds on your knowledge and technical skills and takes them one step further.

With SPC's degree, your advanced skills will remain in demand as job growth for information security analysts is expected to increase by 38 percent in Florida through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs can be found across nearly every industry, including defense, technology and financial services firms, public safety, transportation, medical facilities, education, and energy and utilities.

Graduates of SPC's Cybersecurity B.A.S. program will be prepared for jobs that align with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. These jobs include Systems Security Analyst, Security Control Assessor, Vulnerability Assessment Analyst, Cyber Defense Analyst and Security Architect. Other potential roles include senior positions such as Information Security Officer, Director Information Security, Chief Information Security Officer and Principle Cybersecurity Practice Manager.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Information Security Analysts

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

4,830

2028

6,680

Percent Change

38

Projected Job Openings

570

Computer Systems Analysts

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

18,700

2028

21,880

Percent Change

17

Projected Job Openings

1600

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

11,800

2028

14,310

Percent Change

21

Projected Job Openings

1190

Computer Network Support Specialists

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

10,310

2028

12,230

Percent Change

19

Projected Job Openings

1000

SPC Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated SPC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2024.

department of homeland security

With this degree, you'll stay focused on the technical aspects of cybersecurity, like information security, risk assessment and mitigation compliance, disaster planning and recovery, advanced forensics, information assurance, and defense against cyber-attack. You will also be prepared to earn higher-level security industry certifications.

SPC works closely with the local cyber security community to make sure what you learn is relevant, timely and what employers need. Local employers include:

  • KnowBe4
  • Raymond James
  • Tech Data
  • Honeywell
  • Citigroup
  • Bayside Solutions
  • Vology
  • TirOrg Solutions
  • City of St. Petersburg
  • City of Largo

SKILLS YOU LEARN IN THE CYBERSECURITY B.A.S. DEGREE

Graduates of the cybersecurity bachelor's program will know how to:

  • Secure and defend computer networks and resources
  • Identify and adopt best practices in cybersecurity policy
  • Identify cyber threats and vulnerabilities
  • Mitigate associated risks
  • Implement effective identify management and access methods
  • Assess and build secure systems architecture
  • Identify vulnerabilities in program code and ensure secure programming practices
  • Understand the role and use of cryptographic algorithms in security.

Cybersecurity Bachelor of Applied Science

CYSEC-BAS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Dr. John Duff
Dean
727.341.7176
duff.john@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity is a professional workforce degree program that focuses on technologies and practices designed to protect information and physical resources such as computers, networks, programs and data from damage or unauthorized access.

This BAS degree program will build upon students' core knowledge in cyber security and technical areas such as computer networking, digital forensics, and computer security with an upper division curriculum focusing on information security, risk assessment and mitigation compliance, disaster planning and recovery, advanced forensics, information assurance, and defense against cyber-attack.

The program will also afford students the opportunity to demonstrate their technical career skills by obtaining higher-level security industry certifications.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

110111031: Cybersecurity BAS

Federal CIP Code

11.1003: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Graduates of this BAS program will be prepared for jobs that align with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. These jobs include Systems Security Analyst, Security Control Assessor, Vulnerability Assessment Analyst, Cyber Defense Analyst, and Security Architect. Other potential roles include senior positions such as Information Security Officer, Director Information Security, Chief Information Security Officer, and Principle Cybersecurity Practice Manager. These individuals need to best understand the evolving issues in the field of cybersecurity and are directly responsible for providing opportunities for sustainable employment in the workplace.

Admission Rules

The Cybersecurity BAS program is designed to provide a seamless articulation for students who complete an Associate in Science degree in Cybersecurity or related field.

Admission to the Cybersecurity BAS requires:

o An Associate in Science degree in Cybersecurity (or closely related field) or a Certificate in Cybersecurity
o Completion of the state mandated prerequisite courses
o 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
- 15 credits of transferable general education courses
- Composition I (ENC 1101) or equivalent
- a college Math Course: MAT 1033, MAT1100, STA 2023, STA 2023H OR any MAC, MGF, MTG, MAS math prefix
o A minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
o Foreign Language:
- Students admitted to the baccalaureate program without meeting the foreign language admission requirement must complete 8 credits as a requirement prior to graduation.
- If satisfying the requirement by high school courses, a high school transcript must be presented.

Fully Online

Graduation Rules

GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER REQUIRED IN ALL COURSES

NOTE: If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. program.

ADMISSIONS COURSES
60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Additional General Education Courses

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Complete 18 credits. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

CET 2691 Laws & Legal Aspects of IT Security 3
CGS 2811 Incident Response & Disaster Recovery 3
CIS 1358 Operating System Security 3
CIS 2352 Ethical Hacking 3
CTS 1120 Network Security Foundations 3
CTS 1314 Network Defense and Countermeasures 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
(45 credits) Grade of "C" or better required

CIS 3083 Cloud Computing Foundations 3
ISM 4330 Information Security Policy Administration and Management 3
CIS 4253 Ethics for Information Technology 3
CIS 4219 Human Aspects of Cyber Security 3
ISM 4573 Compliance and Data Governance 3
ISM 4321 Strategic Cyber Security Enforcement 3
ISM 4329 Incident Investigation and Forensics 3
CNT 4416 Cyber Warfare 3
ISM 4571 Emerging Security Technologies 3
ISM 4323 Security Essentials 3
CNT 3421 Securing the Cloud 3
CTS 4124 Threat Detection and Mitigation 3
CIS 3661 Security Architectures 3
CIS 4200 Security Penetration Testing 3
ISM 4915 Senior Capstone Project 3
Total Credits 120

CONTINUE YOUR CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION AT SPC

This degree is perfect for SPC students who have earned our Cybersecurity Certificate or A.S. degree in Cybersecurity or Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations

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