Bachelor of Science

Computer and Information Systems Security

Secure your future with a cybersecurity degree from Western Washington University. Western's Computer and Information Systems Security (CISS) program prepares individuals to fill the urgent need for trained personnel in professional, high-wage positions.

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Cybersecurity is a growing field of administrative and technical specialties involved in protecting computer systems, programs, and digital information from mild to severe forms of cyber threats and exploitation, such as cyber terrorism, data breaches, viruses, and more.


  1. Convenient Locations

    Pursue your CISS degree at Western Washington University's main campus in Bellingham, WA or at the WWU Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo, WA.

  2. Transfer  

    Western's CISS degree program builds upon the knowledge and experience gained from the following community college programs:

    • Olympic College - AAS-T in Information Systems Specialist with Emphasis on Networking and Security
    • Peninsula College - AAS-T in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics
    • Whatcom Community College - AAS-T in Computer Information Systems
  3. Experienced Faculty

    Learn from professors with international experience in computer security, software engineering, quality insurance, and more.


Western's two-year CISS degree program is offered in two locations. 

Bellingham Program
Priority Application Deadline: March 1
Priority Financial Aid Deadline: February 15
How to apply - click here to learn more.

Poulsbo Program
Western's CISS degree program will begin at the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo during the 2016-2017 academic year. If you are interested in receiving the latest news about the Poulsbo program, please contact or sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

Career Options

Graduates of Western's CISS degree program secure positions in four different roles:

Computer network security administrator - administrative role that emphasizes the establishment and implementation of security policies for an organization.

Secure software development specialist - a role centered around producing, monitoring, and auditing secure software, as well as advising on security vulnerabilities.

Reactive forensic practitioner - a role concerned with recovering the assets, data, and operability of an organization after a serious security breach and helping strengthen preventative measures.

Proactive forensic practitioner - a role concerned with identifying, capturing, and analyzing suspected malware before it has widespread impact.