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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity (eMajor) B.S.

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The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (BS-CYBR) program is to create technologically capable, business-aware cybersecurity professionals capable of applying technical skills and the knowledge of security management to protect computerized information systems from a wide variety of of threats, and to manage the risks associated with modern information technology usage. Cybersecurity is a computing-based discipline involving technology, people, information, and processes to enable assured operations. It involves the creation, operation, analysis, and testing of secure computer systems. It is an interdisciplinary course of study, including aspects of information technology, law, policy, human factors, ethics, and risk management often in the context of adversaries.

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have jointly designated Kennesaw State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education with specialized focus areas in Security Policy Development & Compliance and Systems Security Administration.

The Institute for Cybersecurity workforce development  requires that BS-CYBR candidates must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division courses in order to be counted toward their degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is a fully online degree that has the primary objective of meeting the high demand for professional degrees in the area of cybersecurity. The degree has core requirements, major requirements, major specilizations, and required electives. The major contains those courses considered fundamental to the cybersecurity field and the electives give the student some flexibility in choice.

Admission Criteria

All students must meet the admission requirements for freshmen and/or transfer students as determined by KSU as documented at http://admissions.kennesaw.edu/. Admission to the University will require a 2.5 GPA in 17 units of required high school coursework as recalculated by Kennesaw State as well as a minima score requirements for Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen must score an SAT Total Score on 1600 Scale: 1030 AND SAT Reading Test Score: 25 AND SAT Math Section Score: 490 -or- ACT Composite score of 20 AND ACT English sub-score of 18 AND ACT Math sub-score of 18. Other categories of admission have differing requirements as published at http://admissions.kennesaw.edu/.
All students must meet the graduation requirements for undergraduate students as determined by KSU and also complete all Major course requirements with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

The proposed B.S. in Cybersecurity eMajor will be housed in the Institute of Cybersecurity Workforce Development at the University. This degree is intended to be an access degree, enabling a much broader set of options enabling the use of articulation agreements with the technical college system and eCore affiliates across the State of Georgia.

Admission to the BS-CYBR degree program eMajor will be open to any student who has completed (or is scheduled to complete) the General Education and Area F - Lower Division Major Requirements through any recognized and transferrable method. That includes transfer of credit from other Institutions (following KSU policies for transfer of credit), eCore courses documented by KSU, KSU courses taken on campus as well as KSU online courses. Once accepted as into the eMajor BS-CYBR, students will be eligible to register for courses offered at the eMajor tuition rate.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Requirements  

General Education Requirements Specific to this Major:

Upper Division Major Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Major Specializations (9 Credit Hours)

All BS-CYBER students are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours as an upper-level specialization. They must choose one of the following tracks and complete all of the courses listed. The options are:

Major Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students should choose 9 credit hours from the following:

Optional Programs of student that may be considered contemporaneously with the degree:

Informational Technology Minor (Embedded)

Students earning a major in Cybersecurity will automatically earn the Minor in Information Technology.

Criminal Justice Minor (9 + 3 Credit Hours)

Students desiring a minor in criminal justice should take the CJ track outlined above AND the following courses as major and free electives. Note the 4th course will count as a free elective.

Crisis Preparedness Minor (9 +3 Credit Hours)

Students desiring a minor in crisis preparedness should take the following courses as major and free electives. Note the 4th course will count as a free elective.

Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Note: BS-CYBR students take ISA 3300 and ISA 4330 in lieu of ISA 3330.

Free Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum. 

Program Total (123 Credit Hours)

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