Program Overview

BS in Computer Science with Concentration in Cybersecurity

 The BS in Computer Science with Cybersecurity Concentration is a part of our BS in Computer Science Program. The PoS for the BS in Computer Science with Cybersecurity Concentration is designed to provide the students with a strong foundation in cybersecurity principles, as well as practical hands-on experience.  Successful students would have the tools to become cybersecurity/information assurance professionals. Students in this PoS are required to complete 125 credit hours of course work that includes all required courses in the BS in Computer Science Curriculum and 17 credit hours of cybersecurity courses (6 courses). Cybersecurity courses- CS225, CS325, CS335, CS425 and CS435 are required courses for BS in Computer Science with Cybersecurity Concentration majors.

The PoS curriculum contains 70 semester hours of fundamental and advanced Computing and Cybersecurity topics, 32 semester hours of Mathematics and Sciences, and 23 hours of English, Arts, Humanities, and others.  All upper-level courses incorporate current up-to-date material within the class, and our faculty members’ research interests such as security, robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and intelligent systems. This concentration contributes to the mission of the Department, College, and University as it provides education and skills to students, faculty, and staff to live productively in a dynamic, global society.

The PoS provides the graduates with the knowledge and skills on (a) the origins, nature, and current issues in cybersecurity and its related activities using precise terminology, (b) a range of cybersecurity concepts to mitigate risks in cybersecurity operations, (c) solutions for networking and security problems, balancing business concerns, technical issues, and security, (d) effectively communicating technical information verbally, in writing, and in presentations, (e ) the use of appropriate resources to stay abreast of the latest industry tools and techniques analyzing the impact on existing systems and applying to future situations; and (d) the concepts of confidentiality, availability, and integrity in Information Assurance, including physical, software, devices, policies and people.

The BS in Computer Science with Cybersecurity Concentration program is designated by NSA-DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence Cyber Defender Education (CAE-CDE) in 2019 for 5 years (2019-2024).