Computer & Information Systems - Cybersecurity (BS CIS)


Cutting-Edge Curriculum: The First in Metro Detroit to Meet the CSEC 2017 Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs

Detroit Mercy's undergraduate cybersecurity curriculum has steadily adapted to the emerging needs of the cybersecurity workforce. Our curriculum is fully aligned with eight knowledge areas in the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education (CSEC2017) guidelines that address the cross-cutting concepts within the disciplines of Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, as well as other technology-based disciplines.

The CESC2017 framework is significant to your study at Detroit Mercy because the Joint Taskforce is represented by the following organizations which are the leading research organizations in Information & Technology systems:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS)
  • Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS-SIGSEC)
  • International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information
  • Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8)

A National Center of Academic Excellence in CyberDefense Education

University of Detroit Mercy is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2017-2021. Having held designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance from 2004-2016, University of Detroit Mercy has more than a decade of expertise behind each class that drives you as a professional to be the best in your field. You will receive an outstanding and well-rounded education that will not only teach you the foundations of the field but also will hone your ability to think critically and analytically, adapt to change and communicate effectively.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (16 courses / 48 credits)

    Required Courses (42 credits):

    • CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity (3 credits)
    • CIS 2075 Enterprise Architecture (3 credits)
    • CIS 3350 Introduction to Human Factors in IT Security (3 credits)
    • CIS 4060 Software Requirements and Design (3 credits)
    • CIS 4070 Software Testing and Quality Assurance (3 credits)
    • CIS 4450 Introduction to Digital Forensics (3 credits)
    • CIS 4505 Software Project Management (3 credits)
    • CIS 4560 Database Design (3 credits)
    • CIS 4570 Networks (3 credits)
    • CIS 4650 Information and Society (3 credits)
    • CIS 4710 Ethical Hacking (3 credits)
    • CIS 4720 Introduction to Incident Response (3 credits)
    • CIS 4850 IA Risk Management (3 credits)
    • ENL 3030 Technical Writing (3 credits)

    Plus Two Electives (6 credits):

    • Any CIS classes not listed in the major and EXCLUDING  CIS 1000 (3 credits per class)
    • BUS 3170 Management of Information Systems (3 credits)
    • CSSE 1710 Introduction to Programming I (3 credits)
    • CSSE 2130 Java (3 credits)
    • CSSE 4440 Web Technology (3 credits)

    Cybersecurity Minor

    University of Detroit Mercy's 18-credit minor in Cybersecurity is designed to provide you with a foundation in database networking and cybersecurity principles. This minor focuses on theoretical principles rather than specific software or network components. Topics covered include network security, software security and information security. This minor is a strong addition to many majors including Criminal Justice, Health Information Management, Nursing, Digital Media and Education.

    Visit the Cybersecurity minor page for more information.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP
Briggs Building, Room 213
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3337
Fax: 313-993-1166

Department Website