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2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
2021 - 2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity and Networking, B.S. (University College)

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This degree program, designed by faculty and industry professionals, provides students with the opportunity to study aspects of computing and technology related to TCP/ IP networking, telecommunication, and cyber security. This program was based upon the National Security Administrations recommended inventory for Cyber Defense but retains the networking skills necessary to pursue careers in the network administration or networking technology areas as well as cybersecurity specialists.

The program focuses on experiential, hands-on knowledge of computer technology, routers, switches, and other technologies which form the basis of cybersecurity as well as basic study in computer science. The program then pursues the development of baseline skill sets in cybersecurity techniques which are used in the industry at the entry level. Positions such as Network Administration/Tech, IT security specialist, Penetration Tester, Incident Responder, Security Operations Center Specialist, are all possible career entry points for students in this major. All students in this program must complete an internship (SEC 469 ) related directly to the discipline of Cybersecurity and Networking.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Networking must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, required courses, and general electives sufficient to total at least 120 credit hours. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in their major courses.

University College General Education Requirements - Bachelors Degree

All students seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 120* credits (through any combination of study and learning experiences, including credit for previous college work, credit documentation, CLEP or other exams, and military experience).
  • A minimum enrollment requirement of 30 credits taken at the University.
  • A major academic program or concentration.
  • A 2.0 average in all courses carrying a letter grade.
  • A 2.0 average in all required major courses.
  • A 2.0 average in all required minor courses (if minor is included in a student’s program).
  • SCS general education requirements.*
  • The last five remaining courses in your degree of study must be completed at RWU.
  • All financial requirements must be met.

*121 for a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal

Transfer students should consult with a Resource Specialist to determine how the transfer guidelines apply to the general education requirements.

The general education requirements consist of courses from the arts, humanities, sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. The University’s degree programs, including general education, provide students with communications skills; the ability for critical and logical analysis, scientific and quantitative reasoning; and the capability for continuing education. The general education requirements are designed to assure that all students have an awareness of and breadth of exposure to the disciplines and fields of study associated with communications skills, and the traditional liberal arts and general education areas and domains within higher education.

All University College students are required to complete a minimum of one-fourth of their degree requirements in general education (e.g., the equivalent of thirty semester hours in a bachelor degree program, or the equivalent of fifteen semester hours in an associate degree program). General Education requirements may be satisfied by credits granted for students’ prior college attendance, CLEP examinations, military training and experience (as recommended by the American Council on Education), and credit documentation. Students transferring with a baccalaureate degree shall be considered as having met the general education requirements.

Based on University guidelines, Resource Specialists determine which transfer courses may be considered equivalent to general education courses. After assessing the general education requirements which may be satisfied through their various sources of advanced standing, students who need general education courses are advised to enroll in courses designated as the University’s General Education courses (skills and interdisciplinary core courses) whenever they are scheduled or available in the University College as classroom or online course offerings. In addition to RWU’s skills and interdisciplinary core courses, courses may also be taken from the categories associated with the examinations of the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) to satisfy general education requirements. These categories include materials and subjects commonly taught during the first two years in many of the nation’s colleges and universities, and they include English Composition, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science. These areas correspond to the University’s general education curricular categories as reflected in the skills and interdisciplinary core courses.

The general education requirements shall include the following: two writing courses (including Expository Writing and a second writing course, e.g. Critical Writing for the Professions); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science, as well as two liberal art electives.

Students who have attended accredited institutions may transfer credits for successfully completed courses (C or better and courses with Pass or Satisfactory grades if such grades are equivalent to C or better). Resource Specialists determine the application of transfer credit to degree and program requirements. Such determinations may be based on comparability of depth and content to courses offered at the University, as well as other considerations. Transfer students must consult a University College Resource Specialist to determine how the transfer guidelines apply to the Skills and General Education requirements. Students who have not successfully completed college-level courses in expository writing or post-algebraic mathematics may be required to take placement tests in writing and/or mathematics prior to enrollment in such courses.

Program Requirements

Total Credits Required to Graduate: 120 credits

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