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Cybersecurity – BS

Program Overview:

The College’s Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Information Technology programs are designed to prepare students with the skills to excel in the high-tech industry. Majors will acquire the knowledge to advance into positions such as computer programming, cybersecurity, systems analysis, systems design, Internet programming and information systems management. Students will also be prepared for graduate school.

In today’s job market, employers often favor candidates with expertise and/or experience in computing. Regardless of a student’s major at Saint Rose, a minor in Computer Science would be an attractive addition to their resume. Students pursuing a minor have the flexibility to choose a course of study.

Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Information Technology majors and minors are required to maintain a minimum academic index of 2.25 in the major, 2.00 in each course in the major/minor (and all mathematics courses required by the major), and a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Students seeking a certificate must earn a minimum of a 2.00 in each course.

Program Contacts:

Professor John Avitabile

Chair, Computer Science Department



Program Webpage:  Cybersecurity B.S. 

Program Requirements:

Major in Cybersecurity (61 credits)

CSC 202Intro to Programming


CSC 317Forensic Computing


CSC 318Applications for Cybersecurity


CSC 321Database Mgmt Systems


CSC 325Practical Cybersecurity


CSC 338System Administration


CSC 344Computer Networks


CSC 345Operating Systems Fundamentals


CSC 468Cloud Cmptg & Virtual Tech


CSC 470Cyber-Intern:Insider Threat


CSC 473Cyber Case Study: IoT Devices


CSC elective beyond CSC 202


BUS 246Organizational Behavior


BUS 362Human Resource Management


CJS 440Cyber Law & Crim Investigation


CJS Elective


MAT 184Elementary Statistics


PSY 111Foundations of Psychology 2


PSY 376Industrial/Organizational Psy


CSC 202 and CSC 252 may each be taken only twice without faculty permission.

Internship/Field Experiences/Service:

Elective Course:

CSC 494Internship

1 to 6

Culminating Academic Experiences:

Required Courses:

CSC 470Cyber-Intern:Insider Threat


CSC 473Cyber Case Study: IoT Devices


Suggested 4 Year Course Plan:

This suggested plan is designed to give students an idea of how to balance their coursework over 8 semesters and to graduate within 4 years. Most students will need to take a minimum of 30 credits each year in order to meet the graduation requirement of a minimum of 122 overall credits.  It should be used along with your Degree Works worksheet and in consultation with your faculty advisor. It is meant as a guide, not a definitive list of courses that must be taken as written. Your faculty advisor will help you make any necessary adjustments during advisement.

Year 1

Fall (15 credits)

CSC 202 Intro to Computer Science (4cr)

MAT 184 Elementary Statistics (4cr)

PSY 111 Foundations of Psychology 2 (3cr)

ENG 105 Expository Writing, Oral Comm. and Research (4cr)

Spring (15 credits)

CSC 321 Database Management Systems (4cr)

Mathemetics (L07) (3cr)

Literature (L04) (4cr)

Physical Education (L12) (1cr)

Language (L02) (3cr)

Year 2

Fall (16 credits)

CSC 344 Computer Networks (3cr)

CSC 345 Operating System Fundamentals (3cr)

CJS 440 Cyber Law & Crim Investigation (4cr)

Historical Knowledge (L03) (3cr)

General Elective (3cr)

Spring (16 credits)

CSC Elective (3cr)

PSY 376 Industrial/Org Psychology (3cr)

Laboratory Science (L09) (4cr)

Philosophy or Religious Studies (L06) (3cr)

General Elective (3-cr)

Year 3

Fall (15 credits)
CSC 317 Forensic Computing (3cr)

CSC 325 Practical Cybersecurity (3cr)

BUS 246 Organizational Behavior (3cr)

Diversity Course (3cr)

General Elective (3cr)

Spring (16 credits)

CSC 338 Systems Administration (3cr)

CSC 318 Applications for Cybersecurity (3cr)

CJS Elective (3cr)

Physical Education (L12) (1cr)

General Electives (6cr)

Year 4

Fall (15 credits)

CSC 470 Cyber Case Study: Insider Threat (3cr)

CSC 468 Cloud Computing and Virutal Tech (3cr)

BUS 362 Human Resource Management (3cr)

General Electives (6cr)                                

Spring (14 credits)

CSC 473 Cyber Case Study: IoT Devices (3cr)

General Electives (11cr)

*An internship is highly recommended and will count for elective CSC credit.

Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study:


Through an inter-disciplinary curriculum, students will graduate with a broad range of knowledge and skills, which will prepare them for a variety of positions in cybersecurity. Students will also be prepared to attend graduate programs in their field.


Cybersecurity students receive industry specific training on the same hardware and software they will encounter in the "real world." And, since Saint Rose is located in the heart of New York's Tech Valley, internship opportunities in the computer industry abound.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

The Undergraduate Admissions Office begins review of First-Year applications each fall in late September for the following Fall. Students are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as October. The Admissions Team will return a decision on complete applications within just three weeks. The College awards academic scholarships at the same time.

What Makes an Application Complete

  • Online or Paper application (fee waived for all applicants!)
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official Transcripts for any College Level Courses
  • SAT or ACT scores  (See Test Optional FAQ's)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Counselor or Teacher
  • Essay or Graded Paper
  • Applicants may also apply via the Common Application Online.
  • Art applicants are required to complete a portfolio review.
  • Music applicants are required to complete an audition.

Admissions contact information (telephone number, admissions web pages)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

See Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid section for more information.

The Bottom Line

The total cost of The College of Saint Rose (including tuition, fees, room and board) is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast, and we award more than $34 million in Saint Rose scholarships, grants and financial aid.

Take a look at our bottom line, and view a cost comparison with a four-year public institution.

More about Financial Aid

Financial Aid is defined as any grant, scholarship, loan, or employment opportunity given with the express purpose of assisting you with education-related expenses to make your education affordable. Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of student need and the availability of funds.

The Admission and Financial Aid teams have designed a Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid to help prospective students and families get to the bottom line and find that The College of Saint Rose is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast--while maintaining powerful academic opportunities.

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