Cybersecurity BS, Information Systems Emphasis

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cybersecurity

Degree Requirements

Students must choose one of the following emphasis areas at the time of application for admission.

  • Computer Science (CS) Emphasis (total 120 credit hours)
  • Information Systems (IS) Emphasis (total 123 credit hours)

Degree requirements vary depending on the chosen emphasis area (see common and emphasis area required courses and credit hours below). 

General Education Requirements

Students must satisfy the university general education requirements. Many of the courses for the degree may be used to fulfill general education requirements. There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

Courses required for the major may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Required Courses

The degree requires 33 credit hours of core coursework applicable to both emphasis areas. Emphasis specific required courses are listed below. Please see 4-year degree plans for recommend course sequences within each emphasis.

Required Core Courses 

ENGL 3120Business Writing3
or ENGL 3130 Technical Writing
CMP SCI 1250Introduction to Computing3
CMP SCI 2250Programming and Data Structures3
CMP SCI 2261Object-Oriented Programming3
CMP SCI 2700Computer Organization and Architecture3
CMP SCI 2750Linux Environment and Programming3
INFSYS 3848Introduction to Information Security3
or CMP SCI 3702 Introduction to Cyber Threats and Defense
INFSYS 3868Secure Software Development3
INFSYS 3878Information Security Risk Management and Business Continuity3
CMP SCI 4700Computer Forensics3
CMP SCI 4732Introduction to Cryptography for Computer Security3
Total Hours33

Computer Science Emphasis

In addition to the 33 credit hours of core required coursework, the B.S. Cybersecurity degree with Computer Science emphasis requires 42-44 credit hours of emphasis specific course work. Thus, candidates for the B.S. in Cybersecurity degree with Computer Science emphasis must complete a major program of 75-77 (33 core + 42-44 emphasis specific) credit hours of required courses. 

For the Computer Science emphasis all general degree requirements from the College of Arts and Science apply.

MATH 1320Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MATH 1100Basic Calculus3-5
or MATH 1800 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 3000Discrete Structures3
CMP SCI 3010Web Programming3
CMP SCI 3130Design and Analysis of Algorithms3
CMP SCI 3780Software Security3
CMP SCI 4730Computer Networks and Communications3
CMP SCI 4750Introduction to Cloud Computing3
CMP SCI 4760Operating Systems3
CMP SCI 4782Information Security3
CMP SCI 4794Introduction to Security of IoT Systems3
Electives (choose 3 from following)9
Critical Thinking (MOTR PHIL 101)
Business Ethics
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Computers in Criminal Justice
Undergraduate Internship
Introduction to Android Apps: Android Fundamentals
Introduction to iOS Programming and Apps
iOS Apps
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to the Software Profession
Database Management Systems
Introduction to Mobile Computing, Networking, and Security
Advanced Security and Information Systems
Seminar in Information Systems
Other electives upon approval of Computer Science department chair
Total Hours42-44

Information Systems Emphasis

In addition to the 33 credit hours of core required coursework, the B.S. Cybersecurity degree with Information Systems emphasis requires 75 credit hours of emphasis specific coursework (48 general business + 27 program specific). Thus, candidates for the B.S. in Cybersecurity degree with Information Systems emphasis must complete a program of 108 (33 core + 75 emphasis specific) credit hours of required courses.

For the Information Systems emphasis all general degree requirements from the College of Business Administration apply.  

INFSYS 3820Introduction to Systems Administration3
INFSYS 3842Data Networks and Security3
INFSYS 3806Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming I3
INFSYS 3815Object-Oriented Applications in Business3
INFSYS 3845Database Management Systems3
INFSYS 3858Advanced Security and Information Systems3
SCMA 4347Introduction to Project Management3
Major Specific Electives (choose 2 from following)6
Internship in Business Administration
Data Programming
Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business
Applied Cryptography for Business
Seminar in Information Systems 1
Information Security
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
Prescriptive Analytics and Optimization
Transportation Security and Risk
Other electives upon approval of Information Systems department chair
Total Hours27

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze a complex cybersecurity problem and apply principles of cybersecurity and business decision making to identify potential solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a cybersecurity-based solution to meet a given set of cybersecurity and business requirements.
  • Communicate cybersecurity issues effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in cybersecurity practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the cybersecurity discipline.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain business operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
INTDSC 100311MATH 11003MATH 11053
MATH 10303ECON 10013 
ENGL 11003PHIL 11603 
CRIMIN 11003EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts (non-Philosophy course)3 
INFSYS 28003CMP SCI 12503 
PHIL 22543  
 16 15 3
Second Year
ACCTNG 24003ACCTNG 24103ENGL 31203
ECON 10023BUS AD 29003 
INFSYS 38063CMP SCI 22613 
SCMA 33003COMM 22403 
CMP SCI 22503INFSYS 38203 
 15 15 3
Third Year
SCMA 33013FINANCE 35003 
MGMT 36003MKTG 37003 
CMP SCI 27003MATH 30003 
CMP SCI 27503INFSYS 38453 
INFSYS 38423INFSYS 38483 
 15 15
Fourth Year
INFSYS 38683MGMT 42193 
INFSYS 38153CMP SCI 47003 
CMP SCI 47323SCMA 43473 
INFSYS 38583INFSYS 38783 
Cybersecurity elective3Cybersecurity elective3 
 15 15
Total Hours: 127

Please Note: This is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.