Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

As a Cybersecurity major, you’ll learn how to protect computer networks and information systems. You’ll implement holistic security plans and defend organizations from cyber threats.

Why AU?

Our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity differs from programs at other universities in the following ways:

  • Small class sizes, which means more individualized attention and access to your professors
  • Hands-on experience with cybersecurity tools
  • State-of-the-art cybersecurity lab
  • Highly qualified and certified faculty members
  • AU's Christian mission

Career Outlook

As a cybersecurity major at AU, you’ll learn technology and tools that are in demand in the marketplace, including Kali Linux, Wireshark, the Nmap security scanner, and the Python computer language. You’ll receive a comprehensive cybersecurity education, balanced between the technical side and risk management, which includes making sure computer systems are in compliance with the law. You’ll take valuable classes covering critical topics, such as cloud security, cyber threat intelligence, disaster preparedness, digital forensics and ethical hacking. Beyond your cybersecurity courses, you'll also take elective classes giving you deeper knowledge in either computing (e.g. coding, analytics, database) or in business (e.g. accounting, economics, management), depending on your career interests.

We’ll also prepare you to earn professional certifications, including Security+ Plus and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)*, which employers seek. In addition to coursework, you’ll receive opportunities to meet cybersecurity employers that will visit your classes and meetings of the Cybersecurity Club, a professional-oriented and student-run campus group.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to pursue the following cybersecurity positions and fields:

  • Cybersecurity analyst: $98,350**
  • Information security management: $115,000
  • Digital forensics: $85,000
  • Cybersecurity advisor: $100,000
  • Pen/penetration testing: $102,000

In addition to being ready for the workforce, as a Cybersecurity major, you’ll be prepared for graduate study, including pursuit of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Cyber Intelligence or an MBA. 

*AU coursework will prepare students for professional certifications. Some certifications, such as the CISSP, also requires five years of work experience. Security+ and CISSP are trademarks that are the property of their respective owners.

**Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Cyberseek.org 
 

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.