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Cybersecurity, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Cybersecurity degree provides students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge cybersecurity knowledge and skills with a solid theoretical foundation as well as a good understanding of the social, ethical, legal, and policy aspects of cybersecurity. This bachelor program prepares students for a productive career in industry, lifelong learning, and for graduate study in Cybersecurity. The new degree is strategically designed to build on the strengths of existing computing programs on campus and produce well-rounded students with a balance between strong theoretical foundations as well as practical and hands-on technical skills. The program also includes a strong professional component for the development of skills in technical communication, ethics, and teamwork. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in cybersecurity students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and meet the following requirements:

Program educational objectives


In the course of their careers, graduates of the BS in Cybersecurity program will:

  • Work productively in the creation, maintenance, administration, and improvement of secure computing systems and associated infrastructure.
  • Remain current in their profession through lifelong learning, including graduate school.
  • Exhibit leadership and exercise their profession with the highest level of ethics, and social responsibility.

Schedule of Classes


Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

Requirements for the major in Cybersecurity, B.S.


General Education requirements


In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity, and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education section of the catalog. In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, in some of the general education areas students should select from the courses listed below.

Foundations:

  • Writing Foundations (WRT 1060)
  • Formal Reasoning (Satisfied by MTH 1554; see Mathematics and sciences)

Explorations: One course from each of the seven Explorations areas

  •  Arts
  •  Language and Culture
  •  Global Perspective
  •  Literature
  •  Natural Science and Technology (Satisfied by an approved science elective with lab; see Mathematics and Sciences)
  •  Social Science
  •  Western Civilization (Satisfied by PHL 1310; see additional major requirements)

Integration:

  •  Knowledge Applications (Satisfied by MTH 1555; see Mathematics and sciences)

U.S. Diversity:

  • May be met by an approved course in the Explorations area

Writing Intensive and Capstone:

  •  Capstone (Satisfied by CSI 4999; see Required professional subjects)
  •  Writing Intensive in the Major (Satisfied by CSI 4999; see Required professional subjects)
  •  Writing Intensive in General Education (may be met by an approved course in the Explorations area)

Additional major requirements:

All students must complete the following requirement.

  • Professional Ethics: PHL 1310 - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Depth areas/Professional track (12 credits)


Select one of the following professional tracks

Professional Electives (6 credits)


One of the following 2000 level courses:

Major standing


To enroll in 3000- or higher-level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, students must gain a major standing. An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher-level courses. Forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office or from the SECS website.

To gain major standing in Cybersecurity, students must:

A) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following mathematics and science courses: MTH 1554, MTH 1555, MTH 2775, APM 2663, and STA 2226.

B) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following cybersecurity core courses: CSI 1420, CSI 2300, CSI 2310, CSI 2460, CSI 2470, and CSI 2999.

C) have no more than two grades below C in the courses listed in A and B above.

D) have not attempted any course listed in A and B above more than three times. Students may petition to repeat a course a fourth time.

E) have not repeated more than three different courses listed in A and B. Courses in which a W (withdrawal) grade is recorded will not be counted.
Conditional major standing may be granted in the semester in which the student will complete requirements A and B above.

Performance requirements


Satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.0 within each group: mathematics and sciences, computer science core, and professional courses (including required professional subjects, professional electives, and professional track). Within professional courses at most two grades below C are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated, and a total of three attempts per course is permitted.

Sample cybersecurity schedule


Freshman year


Fall semester - 16 credits

CSI 1420 - Introduction to C Programming and Unix (4)  
MTH 1222 - Calculus for the Social Sciences (4)  or  MTH 1554 - Calculus I (4)  
• General education (4)
• General education (4)

Winter semester – 16 credits

CSI 1210 - Problem Solving Using VBA and Excel (4)  
CSI 2460 - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (4)  
STA 2221 - Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)  
• General education (4)

Sophomore year


Fall semester – 16 credits

APM 1663 - Mathematics for Information Technology (4)  
CSI 2470 - Introduction to Computer Networks (4)  
• General education (4)
• General education (4)

Winter semester – 18 credits

CSI 2440 - Computer Systems (4)  
CSI 2999 - Sophomore Project (2)  
• Approved science elective (4)
• General education (4)
• General education (4)

Senior year


Fall semester – 14 credits

CSI 4240 - Cloud Computing (4)  
• Professional training (2)
• Professional track (4)
• Professional elective (4)

Winter semester – 16 credits

• CSI 4470 - Digital Forensics (4) 
• CSI 4600 - Network Security (4)
CSI 4999 - Senior Capstone Project (4)  
• Professional elective (4)

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