Thursday July 22, 2021
To expand the STEM and Critical Workforce programs, UNC Wilmington will offer two new undergraduate degrees.
The university received approval from the UNC Board of Governors to launch two new Bachelor of Science programs: Cyber Security and Intelligent Systems Engineering. UNCW is the first institution in the UNC system to offer undergraduate degrees in these disciplines. The programs are expected to start in fall 2022.
The addition of the cybersecurity program will help fill the significant labor shortage in the field. According to Cyberseek.org, more than 464,400 open cybersecurity positions are available in the United States, including 17,660 in North Carolina. With more businesses and governments falling victim to cyberattacks, the need for highly skilled people is greater than ever.
“Cyber attacks on our computer systems continue to threaten our personal security, government operations and business activities,” said provost James Winebrake. “This degree will provide North Carolina and the nation with the necessary interdisciplinary and well-trained graduates capable of addressing cybersecurity issues holistically.”
The Intelligent Systems Engineering degree brings together the disciplines of computer science and engineering and the liberal arts to prepare students for success in a field that is becoming increasingly important to industry, government and society. , Winebrake added.
Industrial sectors such as agriculture (precision agriculture), transportation (smart cars), medical devices (smart sensors), and government initiatives (smart cities) could benefit from the engineering skills and knowledge that students graduating from this program would present.
“North Carolina and the nation need students trained to connect our cyber and physical systems in innovative ways,” said Winebrake.
The new undergraduate degrees build on current programs in place to fill the workforce gap. In 2020, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College received a grant of $ 196,782 from the Department of Defense Cyber Security Scholarship Program to develop the UNCW-CFCC Cyber Security Collaborative Learning Program. The program provides a workplace learning experience for UNCW cybersecurity students and an incentive for CFCC Cyber Crime Technologies graduates to continue their education at UNCW.
The same year, UNCW was selected as one of 10 universities to participate in a pilot project that could integrate future cybersecurity professionals. The university received funding to implement CyberStart, a program that helps identify, select, train, and deliver a cybersecurity experience to students across the country. CyberStart was developed by the SANS Institute, a global leader in cybersecurity training and certification. The National Science Foundation is funding the pilot project.
UNCW launched its Center for Cyber Defense Education in 2018. The university is recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a designation given by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. It offers a cyber defense teaching curriculum.
The Bachelor of Cyber Security is offered by the Computer Science Department at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems within the Cameron School of Business. The Intelligent Systems Engineering program is offered by the Department of Computer Science.
For more information on the Cyber Security Diploma Program, contact the Ulku Clark Program Coordinator at [email protected] To learn more about the Intelligent Systems Engineering degree program, contact program coordinator Karl Ricanek at [email protected]
– Venita jenkins