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Lewis University: 3+1 Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (for AAS CIT Cybersecurity and Defense)

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree.

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed or intend to complete an Associate in Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and Defense degree at COD.
  • New students to College of DuPage (COD) who indicate their intent to enter the 3+1 program.

How does the program work?

  • Students complete 64-68 credit hours of coursework at COD that are required for the Associate in Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and Defense degree.
  • Upon completing the Associate in Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and Defense degree, students then complete 33 credit hours of additional COD courses while enrolled at Lewis University.
  • Students then complete 28 credit hours of Lewis Cybersecurity coursework and 6 hours of Lewis Mission courses with Lewis faculty on the COD campus.
  • Students should apply for admission to Lewis one semester prior to enrolling in Lewis coursework.
  • All classes are held at the COD Glen Ellyn campus.
  • The final 34 Lewis University credit hours are offered at a discounted tuition rate.

The Advantage

The 3+1 program allows for students to complete their Associate in Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and Defense degree. Once completed, students are then allowed to take additional courses beyond the AAS degree from College of DuPage (COD) paying our much lower tuition rates. The final year of classes are taught by Lewis University faculty and are offered on COD Glen Ellyn campus at a significantly reduced rate, making the goal of continuing an education a reality for more students. This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class faculty and extraordinary learning environments.

Term-by-term Plan

  • COD total credits: 67
  • Courses listed in italics are Lewis courses; all other courses are COD courses.
Total Hours: 17
1st Semester Courses Credit Hours
CIT 1121 Intro to Networks 3
CIT 1122 Routing & Switching 3
CIT 1710 Intro to Servers 3
CIT 2510 Advanced Server Administration 3
MATH 1431 Pre-Calculus 5
Total Hours: 18
2nd Semester Courses Credit Hours
CIT 1123 Scaling Networks 3
CIT 2150 Wireless Network Administration
3
CIT 2511 Advanced Server Configuration 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
SPEEC 1100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Humanities or Fine Arts  3
Total Hours: 17
3rd Semester Courses Credit Hours
CIT 2251 Enterprise Network Security 3
CIT Program Elective 4
CIT 1640 Network Security Fundamentals 3
CIT 1450 or CIS 1450 Intro to Linux/ Unix Operation Systems 3
Physical or Life Sciences with a lab 4
Total Hours: 15
4th Semester Courses Credit Hours
CIT 2173 Virtualization: Install/ Configure/ Manage 3
CIT 2640 Ethical Hacking 3
CIT 2651 Computer Forensics I 3
CIT 2175 Information Storage and Management 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3

 Completion of AAS Degree: 64-68 credit hours

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term.

 

  • Lewis University total credits = 34 and COD total credits = 33
  • ****Courses listed in italics are Lewis courses; all other courses are COD courses.
Total Hours: 16
5th Semester Courses Credit Hours
Humanities or Fine Arts  3
CIS 1400 Program Logic & Technique
4
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
CPSC 42000 Computer Security 3
Total Hours: 16
6th Semester Courses Credit Hours
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Humanities or Fine Arts 3
CIS 2531, CIS 2541, CIS 2561 OR CIS 2571 (Python, C++, C# or Java) 4
Physical or Life Sciences  3
CPSC 42100 Computer Security II 3
Total Hours: 17
7th Semester Courses Credit Hours
PHILO 1110 Ethics 3
CIS 2420 Mirco Assembly Langauge 4
INSY 23000 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing 3
CPSC 34000 Algorithm & Data Structures 3
MATH 31000 Discrete Mathematics 4
Total Hours: 18
8th Semester Courses Credit Hours
THEO 10000 Search for Faith 3
CPSC 35000 Operating Systems 3
CPSC 42500 Encryption 3
CPSC Programming for Penetration Testing 3
CPSC 49300 Computer Infrastructure Capstone 3
SOCI 29000 Diversity and Social Justice 3

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term. 

Please note all COD coursework must be completed before the student's final Lewis year

**** Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Lewis University prior to taking any classes beyond the AAS degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Lewis University one semester before completing the AAS degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AAS degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

Important Notes

  • Students are encouraged to meet with a College of DuPage counselor or advisor for help planning for the College of DuPage portion of the program.
  • Please consult your academic advisor and the current course schedule to determine when courses should be taken.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 134 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 34 of the 134 credit hours for graduation must be completed through Lewis University. Students follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter Lewis University.
  • Students must complete the Associate in Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and Defense degree at COD prior to enrollment at Lewis. Exceptions can be made for students in need of the financial aid consortium agreement.
  • Students cannot take College of DuPage courses during their last semester before graduation from Lewis University.
  • This plan applies to students starting at College of DuPage in Fall 2020 and later. Please contact a College of DuPage counselor or advisor to obtain the appropriate plan if you began prior to Fall 2020.

 

**** Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Lewis University prior to taking any classes beyond the AAS degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Lewis University one semester before completing the AAS degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AAS degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

+ Only one science needs to have a lab.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
(630) 942-2259

Request Advising

Dr. Cindy Howard
Professor, Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Lewis University
(815) 836-5134
howardcy@lewisu.edu