Dec 06, 2021  
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, B.S.

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John Yoon, Ph.D., Program Director

Program also offered fully online

Bachelor of Science

General Liberal Arts and Science  
General Education Requirements 60 credits
Major Concentration  
Cybersecurity 39 credits
Major Electives 9 credits
Open Electives 12 credits
Total 120 credits

CISC 131 , CISC 231 , MATH 116  (or MATH 115 ) and MATH 120 /CISC 120 MATH 122 MATH 201  are Prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Students who choose the major concentration in cybersecurity must complete:

Foundation Courses

** This course can be transferred into if students have current security+ certificate.

Open Electives

  • Any four courses

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Identify types of risks, cyber threats and vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures through wired and wireless networks
  • Prove the concepts of cyber defense, cyber offense, cyber investigation and cyber management
  • Identify research problems, compare with previous approaches, develop solutions and discuss the research results
  • Apply knowledge of the privacy of information, information hiding, information assurance, information encryption/decryption
  • Function effectively in a team to complete prototyping of detection, prevention and protection for internal and external cyber-attacks and cyber intrusions
  • Validate evidence related to cybercrimes from personal computers, smartphones, infrastructure hosts, wired and wireless networks

The Cybersecurity Minor

Students can choose to have a minor in Cybersecurity.

15 credits required.

  1. CSEC curriculum uses both IASP and CISC course codes. Check its curriculum for courses allowed in CSEC Minor.
  2. Students need to use Gen Ed elective and/or open elective to fulfill the 15 credits requirements.
  3. Recommended five courses for CSEC minor are among CISC 131 , IASP 221 , IASP 230 ,IASP 330 IASP 340 , CISC 359 .

    Note, any course being used to fulfill students’ major requirements cannot be used for towards the minor. For example, IASP 230   cannot be used for some majors due to the fact that their majors have required it as one of their major courses already.


* These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirements. The total of major concentration is 16 courses or 48 credits.

Mercy College’s 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of cybersecurity must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above.

Undergraduate students may take a maximum of two graduate level courses, which will be used for elective course requirements.

Students in B.S. program can apply for B.S. + M.S. dual degree before senior year. To get the benefit of dual degree, students should use their open electives to take as many graduate courses as possible. Students in the dual degree program may apply a maximum of twelve credits taken at the graduate level (other than IASP 585) to fulfill the requirements of their undergraduate degree.

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