Cyber Security Concentration (BS)

George Fox computer and information science majors with Cyber Security concentration study the discipline in a Christian environment.

Become a Leader in an In-Demand Computer Science Field

In an age with increasing dependence on the internet for commerce, the need is great for individuals with the skills to combat cyber attacks. George Fox University’s cyber security concentration within the computer science major positions graduates to be leaders in this emerging field.

Millions of messages, data files and transactions flow through business networks and across the internet each day, collectively driving the U.S. economy. Our nation’s dependence on this vast electronic infrastructure is unquestioned, and few businesses can survive without safe networks and reliable internet access. Every company is increasingly at risk from cyber attacks.

Cyber Security Course of Study

George Fox’s cyber security course of study consists of 29 credit hours of computer engineering, computer science and information systems courses that include:

  • Digital logic
  • Data communication and networking
  • Computer security/forensics
  • Mobile/IoT technologies
  • Ethical hacking/penetration testing
  • Cyber defense

Alignment with National Requirements

George Fox is one of only a handful of private schools in Oregon that offer a cyber security course of study. The goal of the program is to align with requirements for designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations – a certification of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service.


Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Computer Science majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Employment Outlook: One Million Jobs Open Within Three Years

The need for cyber security experts is apparent, as each week a new data breach occurs (i.e., Target, Home Depot, Sony Corp., Blue Cross, etc.). Even the U.S. government is not immune, as in 2015 a data breach compromised the personal data of 4.2 million federal employees.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs, making cyber security one of the most in-demand career fields in the country.

A 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. executive survey showed that 79 percent of all respondants have detected a security incident in the past 12 months. Companies are scrambling to put cyber operations teams in place no matter the type or size of company.

  • Analyst for Division of Legislative Finance, State of Alaska
  • Software Engineer, Consonus Health
  • Senior Support Engineer, Fiserv
  • Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Electrical Engineering Technical Designer, Boeing
  • Senior Software Engineer, GE
  • Senior Software Engineer, Intel
  • Software Developer, McAfee
  • Software Engineering Manager, Mentor Graphics
  • Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Project Manager, Rentrak
  • Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Engineer, Axium
  • Senior Products Analyst, Huron Consulting Group
  • Informatics Research Scientist, DOW AgroSciences
  • Component Design Engineer, Intel
  • Security Analyst, Nike
  • Manager of Language Modeling Research, Nuance Communication
  • Programmer Analyst, Boeing
  • Microsoft, Portland
  • Intel, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • NASA, Cleveland
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • Oregon Graduate Institute
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Boston University
  • Portland State University
  • Virginia Tech

Student Experiences

Aaron Schnieder

“When I entered the computer science and information systems program at George Fox, I had never written a single line of code. The professors excelled at explaining the core concepts of software development in an easy to understand and digestible manner. Over the course of my four years in the program, I went from zero knowledge of software engineering to a feeling of confidence when I got my first job.”

- Aaron Schnieder
Senior Director, Engineering, Microsoft

Lilie de la Motte "Each professor in the computer science department knows me by name, and they are always encouraging me to come to their office hours to pepper them with homework questions. I’m grateful for professors who take the time to help students learn both inside and outside the classroom.”

- Lilie de la Motte
Class of 2020

Jillian Darrow "I learned so much from all of my computer science and mathematics professors, and I’m thankful that George Fox had such amazing faculty in those departments. My professors pushed my knowledge and my thinking. I knew I was doing well, but I began to lose confidence in myself. Luckily, I had professors who were speaking truth and encouragement into my life."

- Jillian Darrow
Associate Product Manager, TZ Medical

McKenna Tornblad "Thanks to amazing preparation from my professors in both the psychology and computer science departments, I was accepted into Texas Tech University’s PhD program in human factors psychology. Once I get my doctorate, I hope to join a design team at a tech company, with the goal of creating new, innovative and intuitive technologies to help people experiencing disabilities lead better lives."

- McKenna Tornblad
PhD Student, Texas Tech University

Points of Distinction

High Job Placement

Our computer science program has a near-100 percent job placement rate. Students have gone on to work at major international businesses such as Nike, Intel, and Amazon, as well as many other local companies such as TZ Medical.

Internships

Many of our students receive paid internships around the country. Typically, our students have success landing internships during the summer after their sophomore and junior years.

Strong Curriculum and Hands-on Experience

We have a strong curriculum that develops both theoretical and practical computer science skills. Upon graduation, our students are prepared to be effective at their job or continue to graduate level education.

Community

George Fox is known for its community that feels like an extended family. The computer science program has a strong community that continues after graduation. Some alumni stay connected by returning to lead “servant engineering” teams. Also, our alumni network is strong and a source of internship and employment opportunities.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered Community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global Opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small Classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National Recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.