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Information Assurance

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Protecting a company’s most powerful asset, its information, is a complex job. Information assurance specialists ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of information. They design, develop, implement, operate, and troubleshoot information security systems to safeguard a company’s information. Information assurance specialists manage the risks associated with information transmission, processing, and storage.

Career Outcomes:

Common jobs with a BS degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (IA) include information security analyst, application security specialist, computer security specialist, and data security analyst. Potential workplaces include: bank or financial firm, global technology company, government, higher education or information technology consulting firm.

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment:

Students in this specialization will have access to state-of-the-art technology. Students in this program will experience practical, hands-on learning designed around best practices in a safe, interactive virtual lab environment. This virtual platform allows students to develop skills by practicing with tools used in the industry through Bay Path’s secure virtual lab environment.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in work-study programs and internships at a variety of organizations
  • Learn from recognized industry Leaders
  • Design a double major in both Information Assurance and Digital Forensics

Prepare to earn in-demand certifications while earning your degree. We'll give you the skills and knowledge you need to take the certification exam.

This specialization aligns to:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+

Students in the Information Assurance program are eligible to participate in the Women in STEM Honors (WiSH) program.

4+1 Accelerated Degree Option:

Students with a record of strong academic achievement and a desire to fast track their education are encouraged to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity for Bay Path students to continue on to the MS in Cybersecurity Management. Known as our 4 +1 program, you can earn your Bachelors and Masters degree in 5 years. This option allows students to enter the workforce sooner, saving significant time and tuition dollars.

Below are the core course requirements to complete this degree. Students must also complete one art elective course, click here to view elective options.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
CBY300 Assembly Language Programming 3

A study of computer organization and assembly language programming. Topics include syntax, instruction type, control structures, data types, input/output, macros, hybrid, and hybrid programs. Pre-req: CBY215

CBY400 Introduction to Incident Response 3

This course provides the knowledge and skill necessary to utilize digital forensic software tools to conduct a forensic examination of network based systems. Students will learn about remote acquisition, memory analysis, enterprise management systems, and registry files.

CBY425 Network Intrusion 3

This course will focus on remote data collection, analysis of file data. Windows processes and DLL's, registry data, network artifacts and rootkit detection associates with network intrusions and recovery.

CBY450 Capstone in Information Assurance 3

CBY499 Internship 6

CRJ310 Communicating in Criminal Justice/ Advanced Legal Research & Writing 3

This course builds a bridge from students general education to the work they do in the field of criminal justice. With the aim of preparing students for both professional life and graduate work, this writing-intensive course introduces disciplinary strategies for investigating provocative issues and for communicating to others about them. In this way, the course offers students time to learn and to practice more advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; in using appropriate software support in presentations; and in mastering information literacy in the field of criminal justice. The course emphasizes fundamental principles of communication with time-on-task and real world, discipline-specific models for communication tasks. Prerequisites: ENG 114, ENG 122, and ENG 124

CSC101 Introduction to Computer Science 3

This course introduces computational concepts that are fundamental to computer science and are useful for the sciences, social sciences, engineering, and digital arts. Students will write their own interactive programs to analyze data, process text, draw graphics, manipulate images, and simulate physical systems. Problem decomposition, program efficiency, and good programming style are emphasized throughout the course. No prior programming experience is assumed.

CSC200 Cyber Governance: Privacy, Ethics, & Digital Rights 3

Describes the legal and ethical issues associated with information security including access, use, and dissemination. It emphasizes legal infrastructure relating to information assurance, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Telecommunications Decency Act, and emerging technologies for management of digital rights. It examines the role of information security in various domains such as healthcare, scientific research, and personal communications such as email. It examines criminal activities such as computer fraud and abuse, desktop forgery, embezzlement, child pornography, computer trespass, and computer piracy.

CSC210 Computer Networks/ Network Security 3

The purpose of this course is an in-depth exploration of data security controls and techniques. This course will examine theoretical concepts of network security implementation. This course will examine network security tools and techniques and include hands-on practical applications. Networking has enabled the emergence of mobile and cloud computing, creating one of the most important technological paradigm shifts in computing of the past decade. Coming advancements in wireless networking are expected to transform the technological landscape over the next decade by enabling an endless possibility of new applications, including the Internet of Things and wireless virtual reality, through the emergence of wireless networks with gigabit speeds. In order to play a role in this era of new network-powered advancements, students must have a thorough understanding of emerging networking topics, especially in the wireless domain.

CSC215 Data Structures 3

The purpose of this course is to explore abstract data types and their implementation. This course is motivated by problems that arise in a variety of disciplines; this course examines concepts and develops skills in solving computational problems. Topics include stacks, queues and trees, linked lists, as well as design and testing principles and software interfaces. Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science. Laboratory assignments are implemented using object-oriented programming techniques. Prerequisite: CSC101.

CSC301 Fundamentals of Information Assurance 3

This course builds a common cross-disciplinary understanding in the foundations of information assurance. Presents an overview of basic principles and security concepts related to information systems, including workstation security, system security, and communications security. It introduces information security via database technology, discusses legal infrastructure such as DMCA, Telecommunications Act, wire fraud, and other ethical issues. Covers security methods, controls, procedures, economics of cybercrime, criminal procedure, and forensics. It describes the use of cryptography as a tool, software development processes, and protection.

CSC397 Programming Languages 3

This class introduces a systematic approach to understanding the behavior of programming languages. Covers interpreters; static and dynamic scope; environments; binding and assignment; functions and recursion; parameter-passing and method dispatch; objects, classes, inheritance, and polymorphism; type rules and type checking; and concurrency. This course utilizes project-based learning. Prerequisites: CSC215, CSC310.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

Strategies for Career and Personal Growth builds on the foundation created in WEL100 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career development. Through a focus on well-being and lifelong learning, students strategically delve into opportunities to build passion, purpose and potential through reflection on strengths and experiences, researching and learning about career paths related to ones major field of study and leveraging the career portfolio. This one-credit course is the mid-level requirement of our Women Empowered as Learners and Leaders Core Curriculum.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.