Fr. Sawicki and students in COLH 105 SP 19 photo shoot

Program Information

Cybersecurity Studies Major

Students may choose to pursue a major in cybersecurity studies with a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A). The B.A. program requires thirty-three (33) credit hours total, including 21 hours in the Math/CS department, including the following courses.

  • MATH 135 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • COSC 160: Computer Programming: Java (3)
  • COSC 215: Data Structures in Java (3)
  • COSC 220: Computer Organization and Assembly Language (3)
  • COSC 325W: Operating Systems (3)
  • COSC 460: Computer Security (3)
  • COSC/IR 464: Cybersecurity Studies Capstone Project (3)

Students must also take 12 credit hours from the International Security Studies program, including:

  • IR 404: Introduction to Information Awareness (3)
  • IR 432 Network Situational Awareness (3)
  • IR 462 Applied Threat Systems (3)

plus one three-credit IR security course from the ISS Requirements or Security courses.

Cybersecurity Studies Minor

For the 15-credit Minor, students are required to take four of the following classes: 

  • IR 404 Introduction to Information Awareness (3 cr.)
  • IR 432 Network Situational Awareness (3 cr.)
  • IR 462 Applied Threat Systems (3 cr.)
  • IR 470 Cybersecurity Leadership and Strategy (3 cr.)
  • COSC 160 Computer Programming: Java (3 cr.)
  • COSC 215 Data Structures in Java (3 cr.)

In addition, students are required to take one of the following six 3-credit courses: COSC 300, IR 405, IR 406, IR 407, IR 422W, IR 423W. Students with CSS minors are not allowed to count more than three minor courses towards degrees in CS, IR, or ISS.

Cybersecurity Studies Double Major with Computer Science and/or ISS and/or IR

  • Students who wish to double major in Cybersecurity Studies and Computer Science can count no more than (9) COSC credits toward both majors.
  • Students who wish to double major in Cybersecurity Studies and International Security Studies and/or International Relations can count no more than (9) IR credits toward both majors.

Cybersecurity Studies Certificate

Computer Science Majors not pursuing a double major in Cybersecurity Studies can earn a Cybersecurity Studies Certificate by completing the twelve credits of IR coursework required for the Cybersecurity Studies major, as well as the 3 credit IR 464 capstone.