Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Cybersecurity

General

Program Description

Interested in working in a job that is in high demand, challenging, tech-focused, and pays well?

This degree will give you the technical foundation to understand cyberspace and manage security-related risks. When you have completed your degree, you will have a detailed understanding of the following areas:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Threats and attacks
  • Mitigation solutions for modern cyber networks
  • Network infrastructure and how to protect it
  • Web Development and Web Systems

We pride ourselves on having well-equipped educational laboratories, excellent faculty, small class sizes, opportunities for undergraduate participation in funded research projects, and a flexible program for working professionals. You will have the opportunity to truly reach your fullest potential here.

Why Choose Information Technology and Cybersecurity?

The Computer Science and Engineering Department (CSE) is nationally recognized for its high quality of education and research. Our energetic, innovative and multidisciplinary faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and innovative research programs at the leading edge of computer science and engineering. We have long-standing collaborations with vibrant local, state, and national computer industries including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Come and explore the small campus atmosphere, where you can feel the sense of community, diversity and intellectual vigor.

Recommended High School Classes

High school classes that will help with your undergraduate degree include:

  • Mathematics: College algebra, probability/statistics
  • Science: Subjects utilizing the scientific method
  • English: Formal argumentation, critical thinking, clear communication of intent
  • Computer programming
  • Networking

"Best undergraduate engineering program," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.

Careers

The degree in Information Technology and Cybersecurity will allow you to work in many industries; Network and Computer Systems Administrators, and Information Security Analysts are a few areas you can explore.

The program allows for the greatest flexibility of course study. You will develop a broad understanding of many disciplines. Including the application of technology and computers in these fields. Our graduates can pursue a wide array of careers. The average starting salary for Information Sciences and Systems is $61,420. (NACE Salary Survey Winter 2018)

Job Spotlight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • 2018 Median Pay: $82,050
  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering
  • Jobs in 2016: 391,300
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 415,300

Information Security Analysts

  • 2018 Median Pay: $98,350 per year
  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Jobs in 2016: 100,000
  • Projected Jobs in 2026: 128,500

It's never too early—or too late—to start managing your career in engineering.

Real-World Experience

We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and/or service-learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of computer science and work on computer science projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.

Admission

Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application. If you meet university admission requirements, you are admitted to the college.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. Talk to your advisor about majoring in computer science.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the BSIT Cybersecurity major, students must complete 24 or more semester hours of college-level coursework with a 2.25 GPA or higher, and complete the following courses:

  • ENG 1100 (or any WSU Core First-Year Writing Course) with a C or higher
  • CS 1180 or CS 1160 or CEG 2170 (introductory programming) with a C or higher
  • CEG 2350 with a C or higher
  • MTH 2240, MTH 2280, CS 2200, OR EGR 1010 with a C or higher

Program Outcomes

The goal of the program is to prepare students for post-graduation employment in information technology and cybersecurity-related fields. This will be achieved through the attainment of the following student outcomes, as specified by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.
  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies of human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, and web systems and technologies.
  • An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.
  • An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
  • An understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
  • An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools ... Read More

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education in the American heartland. Read less