Computer Information Technology: Cybersecurity Option (B.S.)

Computer Information Technology: Cybersecurity Option (B.S.)
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  Online Program

Our online Computer Information Technology (IT) bachelor’s degree focuses on the business use of information and how to help an organization apply technology to enhance overall operations. As a student, you’ll build a foundation in programming, network systems, systems analysis, and software tools.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost

What is the Cybersecurity Option in Computer Information Technology?

The major in Computer Information Technology (CIT) with an option in Cybersecurity at the University of New Hampshire, College of Professional Studies focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, or destruction. It involves practices, technologies, and processes designed to safeguard systems, networks, and data from cyber-attacks, data breaches, and other threats.

Why study the Cybersecurity Option in Computer Information Technology at UNH CPS?

Studying Cybersecurity at the University of New Hampshire's College of Professional Studies offers several unique advantages: 

Comprehensive Curriculum: UNH CPS provides a thorough and up-to-date curriculum that covers the latest trends and technologies in cybersecurity. This ensures that students gain a strong foundation in essential cybersecurity principles as well as practical skills in protecting against cyber threats. 

Experienced Faculty: The program is taught by experienced faculty members who are experts in their fields. Many instructors are practicing cybersecurity professionals who bring real-world insights and experiences into the classroom, offering students a practical perspective on what they are learning. 

Industry-Relevant Skills: The Cybersecurity option is designed to equip students with industry-relevant skills that are highly valued by employers. This includes hands-on experience with cutting-edge security tools and technologies, preparing graduates for immediate entry into the cybersecurity workforce. 

Career Opportunities: With the demand for cybersecurity professionals outpacing the supply, graduates of the Cybersecurity program have a wide range of career opportunities available to them.  

Supportive Community: UNH CPS fosters a supportive and collaborative learning environment. Students have access to academic advising, tutoring services, and a community of peers and faculty who are dedicated to their success.

Potential Careers

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • Penetration Tester (Ethical Hacker)
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Incident Responder
  • Security Software Developer
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Compliance Analyst
  • IT Project Manager

Course Highlights

  • Advanced Software Tools
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Statistics
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Programming with Python
  • Mobile Application Development
  • …and more!


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

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  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Curriculum & Requirements

The major in Computer Information Technology focuses on information, its management and processing within an organization, and the application of technology to create, exchange, store, and use information in that context. The focus is on the business use of information and the application of computing technology. Graduates will typically follow career paths as applications development programmers, planners and designers of information systems, and information systems managers within organizations. The degree provides versatility through a best practices approach to the core areas of Information Technology.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CMPL 415 Programming Fundamentals 4
CMPL 525 Foundations of Cybersecurity 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
General Education Course 4
CMPL 512 Advanced Software Tools 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
Second Year
CMPL 614 Computer and Network Systems 4
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
CMPL 622 Human Computer Interaction 4
MTH 504 Statistics 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
Third Year
CMPL 564 Introduction to Cryptography 4
CMPL 566 Security Risk Assessment 4
CMPL 637 Python Programming II 4
Elective 4
CMPL 641 Database Management Systems 4
CMPL 640 Digital Forensics 4
CMPL 645 Ethical Hacking 4
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
Fourth Year
CMPL 642 Systems Analysis and Design 4
CMPL 744 Cybersecurity Law 4
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
Elective 4
CMPL 795
or CMPL 797
Integrative Capstone: Internship in Computer Information Tech and Tech Management
or Integrative Capstone: Best Practices in Information Technology
Elective 4
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
MTH 510
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Major in Computer Information Technology
Foundation Courses
CMPL 415Programming Fundamentals4
CMPL 512Advanced Software Tools4
CMPL 525Foundations of Cybersecurity4
Intermediate Courses
CMPL 614Computer and Network Systems4
CMPL 622Human Computer Interaction4
MTH 504Statistics4
Advanced Courses
CMPL 620Virtualization and Cloud Computing4
CMPL 641Database Management Systems4
CMPL 642Systems Analysis and Design4
Option in Cybersecurity
CMPL 564Introduction to Cryptography4
CMPL 566Security Risk Assessment4
CMPL 640Digital Forensics4
CMPL 645Ethical Hacking4
CMPL 744Cybersecurity Law4
Integrative Capstone
CMPL 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in Computer Information Tech and Tech Management4
or CMPL 797 Integrative Capstone: Best Practices in Information Technology


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

  • Analyze and resolve security issues in networks and computer systems to secure an IT infrastructure.
  • Develop policies and procedures to manage enterprise security risks.
  • Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training.
  • Interpret and forensically investigate security incidents.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal principles.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts

Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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Career Outcomes

Talk with your advisor to discuss how your program, experience, and goals align.