Students who major in cybersecurity will find themselves working on issues with global impact in a field that is evolving almost daily. You'll learn to assess the security needs of a computer and network system, recommend safeguards and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures to protect it. You'll study databases and programming and the theories on computer networks and security and how to apply them to real-world problem solving. And, you'll learn to think critically and be creative and innovative in solving new problems that arise in this ever-changing field.

Program Highlights

  • Student collaboration encouraged with faculty researching artificial intelligence, software engineering networking, parallel computing, operating systems, distributed computing, graphics, databases, numerical computing, computer architecture and security.
  • Labs equipped with sophisticated networking gears and using servers running on virtual hypervisors.
  • Active Information Technology and Security Club that sponsors projects and visits by experts, assists the campus IT department and steps up for community service.
  • Junior and senior internship opportunities with companies such as NetGain, ING Direct, Cargill Inc., Clifton Larson Allen, 3M, CH Robinson, Toro, Kroll Ontrack, LSS Data Systems, Target, Google and United Healthcare.
  • This program is also available as a minor to complement another major. 

Program Distinctions

  • 100% job placement in past two years
  • Only undergraduate program in cyber security in Minnesota
  • Faculty internationally recognized in the field.
  • Three labs house about 170 computers running Windows and Linux 

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Network Administrator/Security Officer
  • IT Security Administrator
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Information Systems Security Specialist
  • Security/Network Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Data Archiving/Security