Network + Computer Security - Degree Requirements

B.S. in Network and Computer Security (NCS) — 124 total credits

Students shall satisfy the requirements listed below.


I. SUNY General Education Requirements (30 credits)

All SUNY students must satisfy the following requirements. No fewer than 30 credits must be attained from the SUNY approved General Education Course List with the following provisions:

• Mathematics (see NCS specific requirements below)
• Basic Communication (ENG 101 or equivalent)

At least five (5) out of the following eight (8) SUNY General Education categories:

  • Natural Science (required for NCS majors – see specific requirements below)
  • Social Science
  • American History
  • Western Civilization
  • Other World Civilization
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Language

NOTE: You may take more than one course in a given category to complete this 30 credit hour requirement, but you must also satisfy the appropriate number of categories.


II. Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements

The New York State Education Department (SED) requires a student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to attain no fewer than 60 credits of combined SUNY General Education and Liberal Arts/Sciences courses. There may be overlap between courses meeting both the SUNY General Education Requirements and Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements, but a student may receive course credits only once even if multiple requirements are satisfied by a single course. The total number of combined credit hours must be no fewer than 60 credits.


III. SUNY Polytechnic Institute degree requirements:

Natural Sciences
  • Two courses: (required for NCS majors – see specific requirements below)
Upper-Division Writing Course
  • See the Catalog descriptions of COM and ENG courses to find specific courses that satisfy this requirement.

Specific requirements for NCS majors include:

Mathematics, Science, and Oral Communications
  • PHY 101/201 Physics 1
  • PHY 102/202 Physics 2
  • MAT 112/151 Calculus
  • STA 100/225 Statistics
  • MAT 115/413 Finite/Discrete Math
  • COM 300 Oral Communication


IV. Professional Coursework Minimum credits

To earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Network and Computer Security, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their professional coursework.

A. Core Courses 12 credits
  • CS 108 Computing Fundamentals
  • NCS 181 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • NCS 210 Network Transmission Technology
B. Intermediate Coursework 24 credits
  • IS 310 Hardware and Network Infrastructure
  • NCS 205 Introduction to Linux
  • NCS 315 Networking and Information Systems
  • NCS 320 Information Assurance Fundamentals
  • NCS 330 Information Assurance Ethics, Policies and Disaster Recovery
  • NCS 350 Wireless Systems and Security
C. Advanced Electives 12 credits

Must include 2 NCS courses

  • NCS 316 Data Network Design
  • NCS 384 Network Intrusion Detection
  • NCS 416 Digital and Internet Telephony
  • NCS 425 Internetworking
  • NCS 430 Penetration Testing
  • NCS 435 Computer and Network Forensics
  • NCS 440 Virtualization
  • NCS 450 Network Security
  • NCS 460 Advanced Wireless Security
  • NCS 490 Special Topics in Network and Computer Security
  • NCS 494 Network and Computer Security Internship

Courses marked with * have CS course prerequisites beyond Cybersecurity degree requirements.

  • CS 370* Software Engineering
  • CS 381* Computer Security and Cryptography
  • CS 407* UNIX System Administration
  • CS 441* Computer Systems Architecture
  • CS 445* UNIX Network Programming
  • CS 454* System Simulation
  • CS 477* Algorithms
  • IS 340* E-Commerce
  • IS 470* Database Programming
D. Capstone 2 credits
  • NCS 495 Network and Computer Security Capstone


V. Open Electives: Balance of 124

Additional coursework as required totaling 124 credits.


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