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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Transfer up to
117 Credits
A median of 30 credits accepted
Credit for prior coursework or on-the-job expertise

Prepare for Cybersecurity Jobs and Industry Certification with a Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity

Aligned with the academic requirements for cybersecurity set by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this fully online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program provides you with the ability to enhance your technical knowledge and skills in cybersecurity. The program is designed to prepare you for cybersecurity-related jobs in the U.S. Cyber Command, the NSA’s signal intelligence operations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement agencies, and corporate environments.

As Excelsior is a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE IA-CD), the program supports the belief of the NSA that cybersecurity should be integrated in all aspects of a person’s career. The degree will prepare the student to take several industry certification exams such as CISP, CEH, Security+, Network+, CHFI, SSCP, and ESCP.

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Concentrations

General, Cyber Operations

Fast Facts:

Cybersecurity jobs can command a $6,500 premium over other IT jobs (Source: digg.com)


Employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 26% by 2026 (Source: BLS)


91% of the net increase in jobs held by those at least 25 years old are filled by those with at least a bachelor’s degree (Source: marketwatch.com)


120

credit hours

Online BS in Cybersecurity Program Details

Transfer up to 117 credits and receive credit for certain military and professional training. If you completed your AAS in Technical Studies at Excelsior College, you can transfer all 60 credits to this bachelor’s program.

Of the 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, 60 credits minimum are required in the arts and sciences component; 52 credits minimum are required in the cybersecurity component, with at least 15 credits at the upper level; and 8 credits maximum are permitted in the free elective component and must include information literacy.

  • Humanities: 15 credits minimum
    • Ethics (3 credits minimum)
    • Communications (9 credits minimum)
      • Written English Requirement (6 credits)
      • Credits to reach a minimum of 9 credits
    • Humanities Electives (3 credits minimum)
  • Social Sciences/History: 9 credits minimum
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 15 credits minimum
    • Natural science (3 credits)
    • Math (12 credits)
      • Discrete Math
      • Calculus I
      • Calculus II
      • Statistics
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 21 credits minimum

Core Cybersecurity Courses: 36 Credits

  • Introduction to Microprocessors or Computer Systems Architecture
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Governance, Legal and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Defense in Depth
  • Cyber Attacks and Defense
  • Security-Focused Risk Management
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Operating Systems
  • Overview of Computer Security
  • Network and Application Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • System Administration

Cybersecurity Capstone (3 credits)

This capstone course examines computer security technologies and principles, including access control, authentication, external attacks, software security, security assessment and testing, and legal issues in cybersecurity. Students complete a research project that will expose students to real-life scenarios in cybersecurity.

Concentrations (Choose One): 15 Credits

General Cybersecurity

This customizable concentration provides you with the flexibility to design an area of specialization to meet ever-changing job demands and build upon your current achievements. Choose from approved technical electives to meet the degree requirements.

Cyber Operations

The Cyber Operations concentration gives you the opportunity to specialize your skills on the front line of cybersecurity. The courses prepare you to handle cyber incidents and respond to incidents as part of a cyber team. Learn to identify fundamental security design principles that lead to system vulnerabilities, conduct exploits as part of an offensive cyber operation, and apply fundamental security design principles during system design, development, and implementation to minimize vulnerabilities.

  • Programming
  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Secure Software Development
  • Large-scale Cybercrime and Terrorism
  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Electives to reach 8 credits

Describe defensive network architecture that use multiple layers of protection.


Analyze technologies and processes that monitor, maintain, and protect the data of an institution.


Evaluate and apply industry tools to respond to cyber incidents.


Create and disseminate cybersecurity reports to stakeholders.


Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of existing and proposed security systems.


Develop and implement organizational cybersecurity policies and procedures.


Demonstrate the ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibility, including the effect of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.


Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information in formal reports, documentation, and oral presentations to users and information technology professionals.


Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and to continue to engage in lifelong learning.


View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online BS in Cybersecurity

Cyber Compliance Analyst

Cyber Network Operations Planner

Cyber Systems Analyst

Cyber Systems and Operations Engineer

Cyber Threat Management Systems Administrator

Incident Response Analyst

Excelsior’s degree programs in cybersecurity provide a rigorous education in which students learn to integrate theories and concepts with hands-on experience in order to prevent, detect, counter, and recover from cyber threat at every level.
Ken Desforges
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Instructional Faculty, Excelsior College

Accreditations

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National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security designated Excelsior as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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