Computer and Network Security


Whether you want to uncover a security breach, follow a trail of illegal activity, or discover ways corporations and government can keep critical data more secure, St. Ambrose has the program for you.

Our graduates work at Booze, Allen, Hamilton, the National Security Agency, RSM McGladrey, John Deere, and others.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Internship Opportunities at Top Companies
  • Hands-on Experience
  • A Comprehensive Education

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Our faculty are up-to-date on technologies and innovations in computer and network security. They work side-by-side with you as you learn to translate theory, build technical proficiency, and apply your skills in computer science and criminal justice in the real-world.

Read Our Computer and Network Security Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information on the Computer and Network Security Program

What will I learn?

Our curriculum focuses on computer science and criminal justice, giving you the skills to recover lost or deleted data, identify a timeline of illegal activities, and perform an in-depth investigation when a server is compromised.

Courses include programming; network and data communications; forensics; legal and ethical issues; law enforcement; law procedure; evidence; and investigation. Courses from the other computer majors – Network Administration and Computer Science – can complement your Network Security degree and allows flexibility when choosing courses to complete your degree.

Internships give you quality, hands-on experience. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network, technology, and security experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems. In fact, you will have your pick at regional internships since they often have more positions available than students.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree, you'll be exceedingly prepared for graduate school, and many choose to continue their education at SAU. Our Master of Science in Information Technology Management prepares IT professionals to effectively analyze, create, and manage information systems that meet the needs of your organization.

What are some possible job outcomes?

As a security analyst, your job is to prevent data breaches, protect information stored on a system, and create new solutions to prevent future attacks. Computer and network security graduates also work in digital investigations and forensics.

In this age of cyber attacks, hacking, and database infiltration, computer and network security is critical. The field is expected to add almost 15,000 jobs by 2025, and your educational investment will pay off. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the annual median wage is about $90,000 (2016).

Faculty

Kevin Lillis, Chair and Professor

Sayonnha Mandal, Asst. Professor
Gary Monnard, Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Computer and Network Security

CIS Department majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

Computer and Network Security Courses (24 credits):
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamental
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

Criminal Justice Courses (15 credits):
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 102 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 342 Criminal Evidence and Investigation
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice

Select from the following electives (6 credits):
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
CSCI 480 Special Topics in Computer Science
CSCI 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
CSCI 499 Internship in Computer Science

Read course descriptions in the online Course Catalog

Minor in Computer and Network Security (24 credits)

CIS Department majors/minors must pass CSCI 140 and CSCI 270 with a C or better.

Computer and Network Security Courses:
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communication
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
WI-CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

Select one of the following courses:
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
*CSCI 480 Special Topics in Computer Science
*CSCI 490 Independent Study in Computer Science
*CSCI 499 Internship in Computer Science

*Applicable only if security-related.

Recommended Electives:
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure

NOTE: CNA majors must complete at least three courses (9 credit hours) above the CNA major to receive the CNS minor.

Click here to read course descriptions for Computer and Network Security

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Computer and Network Security. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
†CSCI 140 Foundations of Comp. Sci. 3 †CSCI 270 3
CSCI 101 3 Humanities 3
†COMM 129 Intro to Public Speaking 3 IL 101 Information Literacy 1
†ENGL 101 English Composition 3 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1
Creative Arts 3 PHIL 100/200 Level 3
Natural Science 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
CRJU 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 *CRJU 221 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
CSCI 185 3 *CSCI 450 3
THEO 100-200 Level 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
KIN Activity 1-2 THEO, PHIL, Catholic Studies, Justice 3
Elective, non-CIS 3
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 365 3 *‡CSCI 450 or CSCI 499 3
CRJU 102 3 *CSCI 415 3
CRJU 411 3 Electives 6
Electives 6 Electives, non-CIS 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
*CSCI 425 3 *CSCI 375 3
*WI-CSCI 435 3 *CRJU 342 3
# Humanities 3 Elective, non-CIS 3
THEO/PHIL/CATH 300+level 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

WI=writing intensive
† CIS Department majors/minors must pass this course with a C or better
‡ This course may be repeated for credit provided the programming language is not repeated
# Must be taken from two different departments
* Needs Prerequisite

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FESOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: 5,650

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit carvertrust.org for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


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Contact


Kevin Lillis, PhD, Chairperson

Computer and Information Sciences
Ambrose Hall 429
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6429
LillisKevinM@sau.edu

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