Southwestern Adventist University has a long-standing reputation for producing ethically-sound, trustworthy, well-rounded graduates: all being important factors in hiring decisions for cybersecurity positions. Our dedicated, experienced professors work closely with students to help them master both the technical and professional skills they will need to succeed as cybersecurity professionals.  

There is an urgent need for computer science professionals equipped to protect information systems and networks against such threats, help restore victims’ systems after attacks, help law enforcement identify and prosecute cyber criminals, and to improve defenses as new threats emerge.

Job Outlook
The world faces a current and growing workforce shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals and practitioners. The magnitude of the predicted shortfall is staggering: sources project that the number of unfilled positions will reach 3.5 million by 2021.
With the projected high demand for professionals with the training to work in the area of cybersecurity, our graduates will be equipped to enter a field that is both challenging and rewarding.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for information security analysists were $98,350 per year in 2019.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major please visit the catalog.


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Cybersecurity, ensuring the reliability, integrity, and availability of computational and communication systems has emerged as a high-demand specialty. Moreover, the dramatic increase in high-profile, high-stakes cyberattacks has resulted in a shortage of trained professionals needed to protect our information systems infrastructure against them. 


  • Security Engineer
  • Security Architect
  • Incident Responder
  • Computer Forensics Expert
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Software Developer
  • Security Auditor
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Application Security
  • Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Information Manager

year average for information security analysts

Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
CSIS 110Principles of Computer Programing 13
CSIS 111Principles of Computer Programing 23
CSIS 125Discrete Structures 13
CSIS 201Information Literacy for CS Majors1
CSIS 211Data Structures and Algortihms3
CSIS 215Object-Oriented Programing in C++


CSIS 225Discrete Structures 23
CSIS 245Introduction to Local Area Network Technology 4
CSIS 255Issues and Practices in Information Security3
CSIS 360Operating Systems3
CSIS 367System and Network Hardening3
CSIS 375Introduction to Robotic Systems4
CSIS 405Formal Languages and Automata3
CSIS 467Cyber Forensics and Analysis3
CSIS 490Software Engineering3
CSIS 492Computer Science Internship3
BAUD 202Introduction to Contemporary Business3
CRIJ 311Criminal Investigations3
 Sub-Total Credits54
Required Cognates  
Item #Title Credits
COMM 115Discussion Techniques3
MATH 141Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
 Sub-Total Credits6


Faculty Profiles

Daryl Thomas, PhD

Computer Science
Professor and Department Chair

Miguel Espinosa, MBA

Computer Science
Assistant Professor