IT and Cybersecurity Curriculum


The online BS in Information Technology and Cybersecurity curriculum is designed to provide the technical grounding in computer science and IT you need to manage and defend networks and systems. Through interactive courses and practical experiences led by expert Simmons faculty, you will explore future-facing concepts and technologies, learn to solve complex user issues, grow your interpersonal skills, and prepare for a career as a forward-thinking tech leader.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas, such as science, culture, social history, and the arts, that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit your academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements

As an IT and Cybersecurity major, you will complete required courses in computer science and information technology, plus courses focused on topics such as technological leadership, system analysis, and network management. Some courses may have prerequisites. You will complete your degree of study with a capstone course, during which you’ll use what you’ve learned throughout the program to complete an applied cybersecurity project.  

Below are the IT and Cybersecurity course requirements.

IT and Cybersecurity Required Courses

Course #TitleCredits
CS 112
Introduction to Computer Science
CS 110
Foundations of Information Technology
CS 227
Computer Networks (prereq: CS 110 or CS 112)
CS 221
Database Management Systems (prereq: CS 112)
CS 245
Computing Systems (prereq: CS 110 and CS 112)
CS 321
Web-Centric Programming (prereq: CS 221 and/or CS 110 and COMM 244)
CS 343
Systems Analysis and Design
BUS 221
Project Management
BUS 234
Organizational Communication and Behavior
STAT 118
Introductory Statistics

Capstone Requirement

To complete the capstone requirement, you must fulfill 4 semester hours in CS 327 — intended for students with the following prerequisites completed: CS 110, CS 112, and CS 227.

Course #TitleCredits
CSS 327
Cybersecurity (prereq: CS 110, CS 112, and CS 227)