Cybersecurity Mathematics

Cybersecurity & Mathematics

It’s all about the codes. And if you’re good at creating—and breaking—secret codes you can help organizations stay ahead of the hackers and protect crucial, private information. In our Cybersecurity & Mathematics interdisciplinary major you’ll probe the logical relationships between cybersecurity and mathematics as you learn cryptography, discrete math, statistics, linear programming, network security, ethical hacking, cloud security and more. Your expertise in these areas will help you keep critical data –from financial institutions to hospitals to the government—secure.

Why AU?

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

  • It’s a unique, challenging program that combines courses from the mathematics and cybersecurity majors into one interdisciplinary major.
  • 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
  • Christian mission of Anderson University

Career Outlook

As a Cybersecurity & Mathematics major, you’ll learn to spot data that doesn’t fit and identify indicators of cybersecurity compromises. You’ll be a problem solver that can use mathematical skills to solve challenging cybersecurity problems.  You’ll also 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.

 

We’ll also prepare you to earn professional certifications, including Security+ 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 & Mathematics major, you’ll be prepared for graduate study, including pursuit of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cryptography, Data Science, 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.