Jan 20, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Cybersecurity (eMajor) B.S.

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-3592

Program Description

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major 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 Bachelor of Science with a major 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 specializations, and required electives. The major contains those courses considered fundamental to the cybersecurity field and the electives give the student some flexibility in choice.

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.

Admissions Requirements

This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required. For more information, please visit the Admissions  section of the catalog.

  • Admission to the University will require a 2.5 GPA in 17 units of required high school coursework as recalculated by Kennesaw State.
  • Freshmen and Transfer-Freshmen must score an SAT Total Score on a 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/.

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. 

Graduation Requirements

 Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.

Double Owl Pathway

This program offers a Double Owl Pathway. The Double Owl Pathway is an advising pathway for high-potential KSU undergraduate students who want to accelerate the attainment of a Master’s degree at KSU. For pathway options and to learn if you qualify, visit https://doubleowl.kennesaw.edu/

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.  

General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

Science Majors must take MATH 1113 or higher in Area A2 and MATH 1190 or higher in Area D1.

Science and Engineering Majors must take two four-hour laboratory sciences in Area D2. Students must choose from CHEM 1211/L, CHEM 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L*, PHYS 1112/L, PHYS 2211/L*, PHYS 2212/L, BIOL 1107/L, or BIOL 1108/L.                                                                                    

*Students cannot take both PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 2211/L nor PHYS 1112/L and PHYS 2212/L.

Major Requirements (37 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Major Specializations (9 Credit Hours)

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

Major Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students should choose 9 credit hours from the following:

Free Electives (5 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum. 

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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