Secure your future while protecting crucial digital assets with a bachelor's degree in computer networks and cybersecurity.
In University of Maryland University College's award-winning Bachelor of Science in computer networks and cybersecurity program, you'll learn the operational procedures and technologies to design, implement, administer, secure, and troubleshoot corporate networks.
Designed to combine the benefits of a traditional college education with hands-on training in state-of-the-art computer technology, the curriculum integrates technical skill with communication skills and superior general education knowledge.
UMUC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Source Our cybersecurity students frequently take first place in cyber competitions, and our graduates are often recruited by top firms and agencies they've met through the program.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree
The bachelor's degree program in computer networks and cybersecurity begins with courses designed to build your foundational IT skills. You'll then focus on the network security side of IT, learning Microsoft and Cisco technologies as well as other cybersecurity and digital forensics topics. Specifically, you'll write a proposal to design a network, including a plan to administer and maintain the network; learn how to install and configure advanced Windows server services; implement advanced server infrastructure; and troubleshoot IT problems.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Design, implement, and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals
- Resolve IT system problems and meet the needs of end users by applying troubleshooting methodologies
- Apply relevant policies and procedures to effectively secure and monitor IT systems
- Effectively communicate IT knowledge using a wide range of presentation styles
- Meet organizational goals using effective workforce skills, best practices, and ethical principles
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Evaluate, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and operating systems
- Configure and manage Cisco switches within multiprotocol internetworks, including VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), wireless network protocols, and routing protocols
- Manage and troubleshoot features of Windows Server operating systems, including Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy, Desktop Security, and Remote
- Design, develop and write appropriate and effective technical documents
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate–Security (CCNA Security)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)
- IACIS Certified Mobile Device Examiner (ICMDE)
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Courses in the Major
- CMIT 202
- CMIT 265
- CMIT 320
- CMIT 350
- CMIT 369
- CMIT 391
- CMIT 495
- Any CMIT course or CCJS 321
- Any upper-level CMIT courses and/or CCJS 321 (9 credits): Focused study in Microsoft, Cisco, network security, or digital forensics recommended; see Degree Focus tab
Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.
- CMIT 370
- CMIT 371
- CMIT 372
- CMIT 373
- CMIT 451
- CMIT 452
- CMIT 453
- CMIT 454
Network Security Focus
- CMIT 321
- CMIT 370
- CMIT 451
- CMIT 425
Digital Forensics Focus
- CCJS 321
- CMIT 424
- CMIT 440
- CMIT 460
The bachelor's degree in computer networks and cybersecurity requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
Recommended course for the major:
- IFSM 301
Recommended course for the major, especially for those who plan to go to graduate school:
- MATH 140
General Education Requirements
- LIBS 150
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
Writing and Communication Courses
- WRTG 111 or other writing course
- WRTG 112
- SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
- WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course
- MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
- HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses
- ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
- BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
- NSCI 100 and NCSI 101
- Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
- GEOL 100 or other science lecture course
- IFSM 201
(prerequisite to later course)
- CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.
Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.
- You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
- You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
- Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
- 30 credits (normally the final 30)
- Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
- 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
- At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
- At least half of the credits required for the major
- 3 credits in advanced writing
- The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
- At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework
Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.
Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.
This program is designed to help you prepare for a career in network management, systems administration, or network security, whether you're new to the IT field or you're looking to move up to middle management.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend you have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Facts & Figures
What I really appreciate about the professors I have had the privilege of studying under at UMUC is the breadth and depth of their knowledge as it relates to real-life experience.
Vice President of Operations, Carolina West Wireless
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.
Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Cyber Padawans represent UMUC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team allows students to develop their cybersecurity skills and to network with other students with similar interests.
Awards & Recognition
- Program Development Award | University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region | 2013
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief information officer
- Chief technology officer
- Network administrator
- System administrator