Bachelor of Science Information Technology—Security
Please note: As part of our continuous program development and improvement process, which ensures our degree programs meet the latest needs of the industry, WGU is no longer enrolling new students in this program. Instead, we recommend you explore our new B.S. Network Operations and Security program.
Our online IT security degree will set your security career in motion. The B.S. in Information Technology—Security will help you develop the latest security management skills and provide you with eight recognized industry certifications including Cisco’s CCNA® Certification that give you a tremendous professional advantage. You will become an expert security manager.
Who the Program is For:
- Established IT security managers who need a bachelor’s degree and additional certifications to advance their careers.
- Experienced IT professionals with “real world” experience who wish to move into IT security and assurance positions and need the credentials to do so.
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our online security program with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on our Information Technology Program Council. You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology—Security.
The program requires a total of 123 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour. Many students who begin their program have some IT experience, and students who have taken college courses or received a degree from another university may be able to transfer credits, significantly shortening the time to graduation. A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges will be needed to determine whether you will be able to clear any degree requirements.
Key Subject Areas
These courses add to your credentials:
Information Technology Fundamentals
Network and Security
Scripting and Programming
Interconnecting Network Devices
Leadership and Management
Business of IT
Core Subject Areas
These general education assessments may be cleared through transfer credit:
Introduction to Communication
Critical Thinking and Logic
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Intermediate and College Algebra
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Humanities
Integrated Physical Sciences
Introduction to Biology
Natural Science Lab
What You'll Earn
This program incorporates several industry recognized IT certifications as part of your degree program. You will study for and complete the following certification exams (which are all included in your tuition—a huge cost savings for you):
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA® Security)
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA Project+
- CompTIA Linux+
- CIW Site Development Associate
Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see which IT certifications may transfer to WGU.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology—Security program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project allows you to take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. Go ahead; show everyone what you can do!