The security of information resources and associated technologies has become critical in today’s interconnected world. Cybersecurity professionals ensure information is protected from data breaches, unauthorized access, and data security threats.

Information Security Certificate students will leverage their technical knowledge with problem-solving skills to address the growing threats arising from cyberattacks and information privacy intrusions. Students will be equipped with the skills needed to assess risks to the security of personal and proprietary information in an organization and articulate the technical, organizational, and human factors associated with these risks.

Program Type

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Format

Hybrid, Online

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Cybersecurity professionals are in demand to fill roles nationally!

Information Security jobs are among the fastest-growing careers nationally. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that “Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.”


Student David Waite IST Major

After taking the Introduction to Information Science class, I became interested in the topic of cybersecurity. I decided to explore the subject more through additional courses in security and computer networking. The classes that I have taken and the amazing instructors at SOIS have changed my world. I know now that I want to pursue a career in cybersecurity, and SOIS is helping me get there.

David Waite Jr.Information Science & Technology Major

Students will learn to evaluate information technology tools designed to protect against threats facing organizations and assess the impact of security policies on existing complex systems and organizational objectives while considering regulatory requirements and compliance. Students will be well equipped to oversee the information security life cycle of an organization, including planning, acquisition, development, and evolution of secure infrastructures.

Graduates can work in careers such as information security analysts, penetration testers, and forensic computer analysts.

Why choose the cybersecurity certificate?

The undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity will provide a documented credential that an informal track of courses does not reflect.

Post-baccalaureate Certificate Option
Students may complete the certificate as part of the bachelor’s degree in Information Science & Technology (IST) or it can be completed independently of the IST program as a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

To fulfill the requirements for the cybersecurity certificate, students must complete:


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
INFOST 325Information Security I3
INFOST 385Information Security II3


Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following eligible courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services 3
INFOST 481Web Application Penetration Testing3
INFOST 660Information Policy3
INFOST 661Information Ethics3
INFOST 691Advanced Topics in Information Science & Technology:
(Relevant courses such Information Security, Disinformation & Social Engineering, and Computer Forensics)
INFOST 695Ethical Hacking I3
INFOST 696Ethical Hacking II3
INFOST 697Cisco Routing & Switching I3
COMPSCI 469Introduction to Computer Security3
BUS ADM 530Privacy and Information Security for Business3

Total Credits: 18