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BTech Degree – Code #2085

Scott O'Connor, Program Coordinator
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The Bachelor of Technology degree in cyber security at Alfred State is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce as an information security professional—one of the fastest-growing computer and information technology career paths—with a special emphasis in network and host security, secure programming, secure database applications, mobile device security, and cloud security. From courses in security, to programming language sequences such as .NET, Java, and C++, this program will help you meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s information security industry. You will also receive a sound foundation in web development, networking, and microcomputer systems. And in order to give you the hands-on experience employers are looking for, a full-semester internship is included.


  • Organizations of all types and sizes need information technology professionals, and emphasis on security has never been higher.
  • Due to the solid foundation in all the major fields of information technology, the job opportunities for graduates are wide and numerous.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate troubleshooting strategies with a variety of security problems.
  • Install and configure web, database, file, and application servers.
  • Develop and implement effective security and disaster recovery systems and policies.
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation and procedures for security management.
  • Demonstrate effective research, planning, and security management of software updates and fixes.
  • Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the use of computer forensic tools, procedures, techniques, and hardware, as well as maintain physical evidence.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in configuring authentication schemes, such as NAT, content security and content vectoring, SYNDefender, and VPNs using industry standard firewalls.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the use and scan of a network with heterogeneous operating systems and identify security vulnerabilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in design and configuration of Windows security.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in tracking and monitoring attacks against Linux servers and how to prevent them.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees, including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in information technology. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into the bachelor's degree at the junior level.

Occupational Opportunities

Organizations of all types and sizes need information technology professionals and emphasis on security has never been higher. The primary employment field includes security IT specialists, Virtual Private Network administrators, authentication specialists, database administrators, programmers, and system analysts. Due to the solid foundation in other areas, graduates will not be limited to these areas; thus, the job opportunities are wide and numerous.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Computer Engineering Technology
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Digital Media and Animation
Information Technology: Applications Software Development
Information Technology: Network Administration
Information Technology: Web Development

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

Required Course Prerequisites

If students do not place into MATH 1033 College Algebra, MATH 1084 Calculus I, MATH 1323 Quantitative Reasoning, 1034 College Algebra of Functions, 1054 Precalculus, or 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis, then MATH 1014 Algebra Concepts is a required prerequisite for completion of the major.

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 2 laptop computer is required for students entering the cyber security program. Laptop specifications are available at

Cyber Security - BTech Degree



CISY 1023 Intro to Information Tech 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3


CISY 2133 Computer Programming II 3
CISY 2143 Microcomputer Systems I 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or Higher* 3
CISY 2153 Database Appl and Programng I 3


CISY 4033 Networking I 3
CISY 3223 Intro to Web Page Development 3
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Nat Science 3
ACCT 1124 Financial Accounting 4


CISY 4053 Linux/Unix Admin and Scripting 3
BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
CISY 5203 Network Administration 3
CISY 4723 Essentials of Info Security 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3



COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective -Upper ** 3
CISY 7033 Security Tools 3
CISY 7023 Compu Forensics & Legal Issues 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Professional Elective 3


CISY 7003 Project Management 3
CISY 7013 Network & Host Security 3
CISY 5133 Sec Policies, Recov & Risk Man 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Professional Elective -Upper 3


CISY 8703 Information Security Capstone 3
CISY 8303 Sftw Intgtn & Interoperability 3
CISY 8603 Seminar Critical Issues in IT 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX   xxx3 Professional Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Open Elective - Upper* 3


CISY 8712 Info Technology Internship 12

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of three credits; otherwise take free elective.
** BUAD 4003 or BUAD 6113 recommended.

GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall is required.

Internship is student-initiated.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.


  • 124 credit hours
  • 39 credit hours in major field required courses
  • 24 credit hours in professional courses
  • 18 credit hours in core concentration
  • 30 credit hours in liberal arts/general education courses
  • A 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
  • Other requirements as stated in college academic regulations
  • Seven general education areas are required, including three of the following five: art, language, other world civilizations, American history, or western civilization