Computer Science - Cybersecurity

Major

Defending the World’s Computers and Networks

Designed to meet curricular learning outcomes set by the Association for Computing Machinery and the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, our Computer Science – Cybersecurity major combines the advanced applications of cybersecurity with the most advanced Computer Science classes.

It is difficult to find strong Cybersecurity major programs in small liberal arts colleges or Christian universities, but with six faculty members devoted to Taylor’s Computer Science majors—one solely focused on the cybersecurity field—Taylor has created a strong Computer Science legacy with a near-100% graduate placement rate. By choosing the Cybersecurity curriculum, our Computer Science graduates are well prepared for careers in computer science and cyber defense.

Secure Your Future

Our Cybersecurity program is not theoretical book learning. Not only will the Cybersecurity major provide in-class opportunities to stretch your knowledge, but the Computer Science & Engineering department provides hands-on research and real-world work experiences for students. . Our Computer Science students work with a defense contractor on cybersecurity projects, developing technology that is being used by the US government for programs like the National Cyber Range (a testing ground for national cybersecurity).

Cybersecurity Club

Cybersecurity majors meet for a student-run cybersecurity club and compete against other schools in a cyber capture the flag competition, where each team must patch their vulnerable programs while attempting to exploit the other teams’ vulnerabilities.

Grace Rose
Class of 2020
"Coding can be used for good and bad. I like the idea of defending property and people and being able to act offensively as well to prevent hacks. With these skills, you’ve got to be ethical about it, and have that guiding compass."

Inside the Classroom

Take a look at a few of the classes you'll take in Cybersecurity.

Software Reverse Engineering & Analysis

Study defensive programming techniques, platform security, and secure software engineering. Identify and analyze malicious software and apply tools and techniques for identifying software vulnerabilities.

Computer & Network Security I & II

Learn the fundamentals of security design, vulnerability analysis, cryptography, and defensive programming.

Digital Forensics

Examine the tools, methodologies, and analysis techniques used for digital investigations. Students practice capturing, deciphering, reconstructing, and analyzing digital data.

Computer Science - Cybersecurity Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

Cybersecurity Grounded in Computer Science

University cybersecurity programs often fall into one of three categories: policy, technology, or computer science. Schools with policy-focused cybersecurity programs examine international security laws and examine how human controls impact cybersecurity intelligence and politics. Technology-focused programs teach students how to use pre-made security-related tools, such as antivirus software and firewalls, to enforce those policies.

Taylor University’s Computer Science – Cybersecurity major lands in the final category and stands on the computing principles taught through our premiere Computer Science and Engineering department. This type of program teaches students to create security-related software and program defensively, taking the cybersecurity curriculum and integrating it with the most advanced computer science classes.

Our Cybersecurity majors develop an understanding of computer science, including network operations, computational problem solving, and software development; and integrate their faith with class discussions, looking at the ethical issues of technology.

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