Our degree programs in Computer & Information Science will give you the tools you'll need to pursue a career in system analysis, software or web development, support specialization, or graduate work in a related field.
The professors prepared me for my career by pushing me to continuously get outside my comfort zone and try new things inside and outside of the classroom.Andy Herrington, '18
Cyber Security Concentration
According to recent estimates, there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the cybersecurity industry by 2021.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity provides courses in the basics of computer and information science as well as cybersecurity. Students will learn about concepts like human behaviors related to cyber risk, where and how cryptography is used, security policies and compliance, as well as cyber risk assessment models, methodologies, and processes.
The program prepares students to:
- Apply current tools and methodologies to secure systems
- Analyze users’ security issues
- Design secure information systems
- Evaluate information security trends, practices, and products
- Measure and assess risk management practices and policies for an enterprise network
Our cybersecurity concentration classes are offered completely online for students seeking their Computer & Information Science degree through our on-campus women's college undergraduate program as well as our co-ed evening program. With no specified login times, students have access to our cybersecurity courses anytime, anywhere.
This concentration is only available to online undergraduate program.
- 100% online classes can be accessed anywhere, anytime
- FREE e-Textbook
- Designed to accommodate full-time working professionals
- Prepare students to adapt and succeed in a rapidly growing field
The CIS program is flexible and allows students to pursue a double major or multiple minors to tailor the educational program to the students’ interest. Popular double majors or minor are mathematics, business, arts.
- Classes held in computer lab for active learning activities.
- Employers are attracted by the combination of soft skills developed through Columbia College liberal art education and the strong technology foundation of CIS students.
- In your senior year, you'll complete an internship and apply your classroom knowledge in an area of your choosing. Columbia College students have completed internships (followed by job offers) at Intuit in Silicon Valley, SCANA, and TCube (now part of Cap Gemini) in Columbia, SC.
100% Job Placement Rate
100% of May 2019 graduates placed in jobs or graduate school. These are the examples of recent graduates' job placements below.
- Intuit, Silicon Valley, CA
- Cap Gemini, Columbia, SC
- BlueCross BlueShield, SC
- Optus Bank, SC
- Dominion Energy, SC
- Richland County First Steps, SC
- Ahold Delhaize
Projected to Grow 32%
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.
Information Security Analysts
Median Pay 2018: $98,350
Job Outlook 2018-2018: Projecting 32% growth
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018
Madeleine Schep, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems
M.S., University of Paris VII; Ph.D., University of Paris Sud.