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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

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.

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.


To earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in cybersecurity students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and meet the following requirements:

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: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements 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.

Professional track


Cybersecurity students must complete three professional track courses from the following areas and can choose courses from multiple tracks to customize their education. Those interested in gaining expertise in a specific area should select courses accordingly.

Professional Electives


Students must complete a minimum of 6 additional credits in professional electives. Professional elective courses can be chosen from 3000-level or higher courses in CSI, BE, ECE, ISE, ME, APM, MOR, MTH, STA, BIO, CHM, or PHY, or from the approved courses listed below. No more than 2 credits of CSI 4950 (Internship) can be used to fulfill the professional electives requirement. Additionally, courses at the 5000-level require approval from the instructor.

Approved professional electives courses:

Major standing


To enroll in 3000- or higher level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Cybersecurity, students must gain major standing. An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher level courses. Students can obtain the major standing form from the SECS Undergraduate Advising Website. When the application for major standing is approved, students with majors of Pre-Cybersecurity will have their major changed to Cybersecurity. Approval of both a major standing application and change of major to Cybersecurity is required prior to enrolling in any 3000- or higher-level courses.

To gain major standing in Cybersecurity, students must:

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

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

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 statistics, cybersecurity core, and professional courses (including required professional subjects, professional electives, and professional track). Within the professional courses at most two different courses may be repeated, a total of three attempts per course is permitted, and at most two grades below C are permitted. A grade of C or better in CSI 4999 (Senior Capstone Project) must be received.

Sample cybersecurity schedule


Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year


Fall semester – 16 credits


Winter semester – 16 credits


Sophomore year


Fall semester – 16 credits


APM 2663 - Discrete Mathematics (4)  
• CSI 2440 - Computer Systems (4)
CSI 2460 - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (4)  
• General education (4)

Junior year


Senior year


Fall semester – 16 credits


CSI 4480 - Information Security Practices (4)  
CSI 4700 - Software Security (4)  
Professional elective (4)
• Professional track (4)

Winter semester – 14 credits


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