Cyber Security Minor

You’ll develop an understanding of computer programming, system security, national security and public policy when you minor in cyber security. 

Merrimack’s cyber security program is an interdisciplinary minor involving courses from two different departments - computer science and political science and public policy. 

What You’ll Learn

  • You’ll study computer programming and system security.
  • You’ll explore the evolution of laws and norms to address challenges to national security.
  • You’ll examine the social and legal issues related to cyber security.
  • You’ll study the technical aspects of network security.
  • You’ll conduct policy analysis from both a technical and non-technical perspective.

Two Tracks

You will choose one of two tracks for the cyber security minor - the political science track or the policy track. Both tracks are interdisciplinary and require a minimum of two courses in both computer science and political science and public policy.

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The cyber security minor consists of five courses (20 credits).  

Required courses:

POL3541 Cyber Security: The Intersection of Technology and Policy


And one of either:

CSC 1610 Problem Solving with Java
CSC 1611 Problem Solving with Python


Additional computer science courses required for the minor (select one of two tracks):

Option A (Policy Track):

CSC 5935 Data Networking


Option B (Computer Science Track):

CSC 2820 Data Structures
 CSC 5055  Network Security I


Electives (1 or 2 as needed to bring total credit hours to 20):

POL 1400 Politics of Public Policy
POL 2010 Political Ethics
PHL 2090 Values in a Technological Culture



No more than two courses or eight credits from another major or minor may double-count towards both programs.

Double counting with all general education requirements is allowed.