Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Major Map
Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.
Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:
- Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
- Engage. Contribute to campus and the community.
- Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
- Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
- Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.
The map just offers suggestions - you don’t have to do it all.
Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking?
- Form a firm mathematical background: Math 115, Math 116
- Master the basics of programming: CIS 150, CIS 200
- Be introduced to discrete mathematics: CIS 275
- Be introduced to a laboratory science
- Build your writing skills: COMP 105, COMP 270
Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?
- Join Talent Gateway
- Check out all the opportunities offered by the Office of Student Life
- Participate in First Year Programs, offered through the Office of Student Life
- Meet with a Librarian to learn about Mardigan Library Resources
Network: What are important topics in my field?
- Visit your professor’s office hours to introduce yourself
- Join a professional organization related to your major
- Visit Mardigian Library to explore endless resources and librarian support
- Explore job websites to find top technical fields: cryptography, computer and network security, wireless and mobile security, computer and network forensics, data security and privacy
Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?
- Attend a local meeting of your community board
- Explore and sign up for one of the community or university activities
Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?
Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?
- Be introduced to computer organizations: CIS 310
- Learn how to manipulate data effectively: CIS 350
- Be introduced to software engineering: CIS 375
- Learn web technologies: CIS 435
Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?
- Join the student chapter of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery)
- Join UPE (Upsilon Pi Epsilon) Computing Honor Society
- Join the Society of Women Engineers and the Dearborn Campus Engineers
Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?
- Submit one of your best papers or projects to the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Conference
- Attend department colloquium and other research talks on campus
- Attend research talks at UM-Ann Arbor, Wayne State or Oakland University
- Work on a research project in the research lab with your professor
Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?
- Contribute to a community project through the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI)
- Volunteer for a campus or community organization
- Become a Diversity Ambassador or participate in a Conversation on Race
Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?
Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?
- Learn database management: CIS 421
- Learn how computer networks work: CIS 427
- Learn how operating systems work: CIS 450
- Begin your specialization: two CIA concentration/elective classes
Engage: How can I grow as a leader on campus?
- Consider running for Student Government or a leadership position in a campus organization
- Check out the options through the Office of Student Life's Leadership Development webpage
- Join a Hackathon like MHacks, Georgia Hacks, SpartaHack or GrizzHack
- Become an officer of ACM
Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?
- Connect with alumni through the 30-Minute Mentor Program
- Submit your best paper or research to an undergraduate student journal
- Establish a LinkedIn profile to connect with UM-Dearborn alumni or to join industry-related LinkedIn Groups that hire students
- Attend academic/professional conferences
Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?
- Visit the Office of International Affairs to plan and register for a Study Abroad course
- Diversify your perspective by taking a course outside your major
- Use Mardigian Library resources to learn more about real-world problems and solutions
Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?
Learn: How do I finish strong?
- Demonstrate your skill on a real-world project: CIS 4951, CIS 4952
- Finish your degree with remaining two CIA concentration/elective classes
Engage: How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?
- Become an officer in UPE, ACM, and other student organizations
- Participate in Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, SAE CyberAuto Challenge, and other national/international competitions
Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?
- Submit your best paper for the Campus Writing Center Awards
- Make sure your applications for graduate or professional schools are complete with a writing sample and personal essay
- Network with alumni working in careers of interest and ask questions about job opportunities and the interview process
- Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work
Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?
- Contribute to global learning initiatives on campus
- Consider spending the summer volunteering with a government agency or nonprofit
Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?
- Apply to jobs or future education, or make plans for other adventures
- Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
- Explore possible graduate program opportunities at UM-Dearborn
- Register for postgraduate entrance exams (for example, GRE, MCAT, LSAT) if you plan on graduate school
The degree prepares graduates for immediate employment as information security analysts, digital forensics analysts, network and computer systems administrators, database administrators, software engineers, computer hardware engineers, etc. in a cybersecurity related field, in an industrial, commercial, academic, governmental or non-governmental
organization. The degree also prepares students to pursue graduate study.
The demand for “Frontline Cybersecurity Workers” has continued increasing in the Advanced Michigan region and nationwide. According to the Workforce Intelligence Network, Frontline Cybersecurity Workers refer to “the employees who develop the programming related to security, investigate and address virtual threats, and work directly with security platforms. The occupations encompassed in this group include those working directly with security technology such as network administrators, software developers and information security analysts.”
Some top employers include: General Dynamics, Oracle, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Deloitte, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Mantech International Corp., Lockheed Martin Corporation, GM, Ford and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success.
College is a time for discovering your passions — figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.
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