Protect the Future of Technology

SRU prepares students with technical and managerial skills needed by technology companies through the Cybersecurity concentration

Computing: Cybersecurity

Offered by: Computer Science

Slippery Rock University's Computing major allows students to pursue a Cybersecurity concentration, which provides comprehensive coverage of technical, legal, and managerial topics in the field. The concentration enables students to build a foundation in computing with courses in programming, databases, computer networks, and computer forensics. It also introduces security-specific areas such as fraud and risk assessment, while providing students with the big picture of security management.

This program awards a Bachelor of Science in Computing with a concentration in Cybersecurity. Graduates of the concentration will have both technical skills and managerial qualities that will allow them to work in IT departments or security consulting companies.

Why major in Cybersecurity?

The Cybersecurity concentration has some advantages that are distinct to Slippery Rock University. All of the faculty you'll be learning from have Ph.D. degrees in either computing or a closely-related field. Our professors are committed to providing a quality education and to helping students succeed.

The facilities at SRU include state-of-the-art computing equipment, in addition to smart classrooms and labs. Cybersecurity majors can utilize virtual servers to practice installation and configuration of operating systems and services, participate in hacking and cracking activities, and perform computer forensic analysis.

Students also have the opportunity to join groups on campus that explore computing and allow them to network. These organizations include Computer Technology Club and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society.

What Will You Learn?

The Computing major with the Cybersecurity concentration path helps you develop critical skills relating to:

  • Programming
  • Databases
  • Computer networks
  • Computer forensics
  • Fraud
  • Risk assessment
  • Project management

Courses in the Cybersecurity program include Fundamentals of Database Systems, Programming Principles, and Security Management.

Careers In Cybersecurity

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, security analysis employment is projected to grow 18 percent - faster than the industry average. Graduates of the Computing major that concentrated in  Cybersecurity work in a variety of information security and related fields, holding titles such as:

  • System administrator
  • Network engineer
  • Forensics investigator
  • Security auditor
  • Security engineer
  • Security analyst   

Our campus is conveniently located within driving distance to Pittsburgh, allowing students to intern or work in one of Pennsylvania's largest cities. Computing majors are regularly placed within big companies, including Bayer Corp., US Steel, Highmark Blue Shield, and McKesson Robotics. They gain valuable work experience, academic credit, and are sometimes paid.

Earn your Computing degree with a Cybersecurity concentration at SRU!

Slippery Rock University's Cybersecurity major gives students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of computing and security through our high-tech labs on campus. Interested in learning more about the Computing program with a concentration in Cybersecurity? Request more information today!