Computer and Information Systems Security

In response to emerging demand for cybersecurity professionals, Washington State community colleges and Western's College of Sciences and Technology are working together in one of the nation's few community college-to-university cybersecurity collaborations. As a result, students may enroll at a partner community college to begin a pathway to a BS degree in Computer and Information Systems Security from Western.

Students complete the first two years of the program at a partner community college and complete the final two years of the program at Western. This program is designed to provide students and IT professionals the opportunity to continue their education to the bachelor's degree level in the emergent field of computer information security.

Western’s Computer Science Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

Beyond the Classroom

As part of a hands-on approach, the department encourages students to be involved outside the classroom. 

Recent student internships: 

  • BDS Intern for Boeing 
  • Software Engineering Intern at US Nexus 
  • ResTek Intern for Western Washington University

Other students get involved with many of the Computer Science Clubs

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 
  • Association for Women in Computing (AWC) 
  • Western Student Robotics Club (WSRC) 
  • WWU Game Development Group 
  • Collegiate Cyber Defense Club (CCDC), which recently won the Northwest Regional Competition  

Western Computer Science students compete in teams in national contest: 

  • Microsoft Imagine Cup 
  • National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition 
  • Starcraft AI Competition

 

“While at Western, I interned as a developer for Vitech Business Group, a supply chain management consulting firm in Bellingham, and as a program manager at Microsoft. The internship at Microsoft turned into a full-time job and now I work as a program manager in the Windows Live team at Microsoft. Being a program manager is great because I get to help plan what the team builds from the ground up and follow my product through each stage of development until it's shipped.” –Amanda Font, Student

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

The rise of cyber-attacks and a heightened awareness of network vulnerability, coupled with a shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, is creating serious consequences for individuals, corporations and government agencies seeking to protect sensitive information. Completing the CISS degree at Western gives students a competitive edge in the job market, greater employment security, increased earning potential, and opportunity for career advancement. 

 

Sample Careers

  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Secure Software Assessor
  • Cyber Security Developer

 

Department of Computer Science

Computer and Information Systems Security, BS

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