The field of Cybersecurity / Information
Assurance / Computer Security is growing quickly.
Colleges provide majors that vary
from the specific “Cybersecurity” to a more traditional “Computer Science with
a Track/Concentration in …” Many majors are heavily programming-based –
read the details of course requirements carefully. DO THE RESEARCH - when
choosing a transfer school for Cybersecurity, Google for current articles
about the field "Careers in Cybersecurity" - there are many different
opinions about how to prepare for this field.
While Montgomery College offers an AAS in Cybersecurity, it is
not intended to be a transfer program. Check with individual
institutions to see how MC courses might apply to specific four-year bachelor’s
degree programs. UMUC and Bowie State University (described below) are
the only two schools currently that accept MC ‘s Cybersecurity AAS in its
entirety. Most schools include Cybersecurity
or Information Assurance as a track
within a Computer Science Major.
Check the mathematics requirements at each of the schools listed below –
many require completion of MC’s MATH 181 & 182 Calculus I & II, as well
as Computer Science I & II [see courses descriptions: CMSC 203 (former CS 103) , CMSC 204 (former CS 204) ]
Use your own sleuthing skills to
determine which school is the right fit for your interest in this field.
Career Descriptions for Cybersecurity:
Nearby Four-Year Degree Programs
- Bowie State University: Computer Technology BS, Computer
and Network Security Track www.cs.bowiestate.edu/Academics/computer%20techology%20degree.html The
entire MC AAS in Cybersecurity is accepted – after transfer, this program
requires Calculus I and Computer Science Programming courses to be taken @
Bowie. Details of the MC
- Capitol College, Laurel Maryland: Information Assurance B.S. www.capitol-college.edu/academics/undergraduate-academics/bachelor-degree-programs/information-assurance Requires
Calculus I and Computer Science Programming courses. Scholarships: www.capitol-college.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/information-assurance-scholarship-prog
- Frostburg State University: Secure Computing and
Information Assurance Major www.frostburg.edu/dept/cs/undergraduate/secure-computing-and-information-assurance/ Requires Calculus I or MATH 150 Elementary
Applied Calculus and Computer Science Programming courses.
- Salisbury University: Information Systems BS,
Business Intelligence Analyst track www.salisbury.edu/InfoSys/degree/default.asp This is a track within the Business
Program at Salisbury – requires general business classes here at MC prior
to transfer. Math required: MATH 150 Elementary Applied Calculus,
MATH 117 or BSAD 210 Statistics. SU
Major Checklist: www.salisbury.edu/checklists/pdfs/Information_Systems.pdf
- Stevenson University, Baltimore
MD: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information
Systems, Computer Forensics Track: www.stevenson.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/computer-information-systems/ Math required: Statistics & Probability – discuss
with Stevenson advisor and see ARTSYS for other recommended courses.
- Towson University, Towson MD Information Security as
a track of the Computer Science degree. www.towson.edu/cosc/undergraduate.asp Requires Calculus I & II, and
Computer Science I & II www.towson.edu/cosc/Forms/CS/COSC%20SECURITY%20track%2013-14.pdf
- University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD: Applied Information Technology degree –
includes a Networking Module and Web Development and Security Module www.ubalt.edu/cas/undergraduate-majors-and-minors/majors/applied-information-technology/degree-requirements.cfm
Requires Calculus I.
- University of Maryland,
Cybersecurity specialization within Computer Science B.S. http://undergrad.cs.umd.edu/degree-requirements-cs-major Requires Caluclus I & II. Lower level Computer Science courses
must be taken @ UMCP.
- UMBC, Baltimore
– Cyber Scholars Program, open to transfer students: http://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/cyberscholars/ Majors: UMBC offers an Information Assurance Track which can
be added to one of the following majors: Computer Science; Computer Engineering; Information Systems; and Mathematics. www.cisa.umbc.edu/programs.php All of
these majors require Calculus I & II.
For the Computer Science major, students must also complete 12
credits of Science for Science Majors (must choose 3 courses, two in a
sequence and one additional from:
BIOL 150 & 151 Principles of Biology or CHEM 131 & 132
Principles of Chemistry or PHYS 161 & 262 General Physics), as well as
Computer Science I & II. See requirements
Other UMBC Scholarships: http://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/scholarships/
- UMUC (University of Maryland, University
College) MD Cybersecurity Major –
students may follow general requirements at the lower level and transfer
to the program, or complete the MC AAS degree in Cybersecurity to complete
this major. Follow either the traditional courses at the lower level,
shown on ARTSYS (http://artsys.usmd.edu) or join the UMUC Alliance Program, www.umuc.edu/academic-programs/bachelors-degrees/cybersecurity-major.cfm [Note:
UMUC does not offer I-20’s for F-1 students because this program
can be completed fully online].
Some classes in this major are offered in evenings at the
Universities @ Shady Grove.
Additional UMUC links:
2. UMUC Alliance Program – complete a Montgomery College AAS prior to
transfer – Course Planning Worksheet: www.umuc.edu/students/admissions/transfer/mc_areas.cfm
3. UMUC Completion Scholarship – complete
either AAS or AA in General Studies: www.umuc.edu/students/aid/scholarships/umuc-completion-scholarship-details.cfm
District of Columbia:
Cybersecurity Scholarship Programs