Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

From private corporations to government entities, cyber security specialists play a role in the development of network security systems and protocols that ensure the protection of our most vital data. Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program offers students the opportunity to gain the fundamental expertise which can be useful in a career in this field.

The core Cyber Security curriculum is built on a broad foundation of industry-relevant concepts related to computer forensics, vulnerability assessment, security compliance, and software assurance. CTU also offers two concentrations for students who wish to focus their study on the areas of computer systems security and information assurance. Additionally, students who complete any of these degree programs will have the opportunity to take either the CompTIA Security+ or Network+ certification exams.

CTU has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD).1

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    186
  • Program Availability

    Colorado Springs | Denver | Online

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  • Program Outline

    Expanding Cyber Security Knowledge and Skill Sets

    Students who enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program on campus or online at CTU start their learning with general education courses in subjects such as algebra, composition, and science so that they can round out their skills and increase their overall knowledge. From there, they move on to the core areas of their degree program, taking classes such as:

    • Computer Forensics I and II
    • Principles of Network Security
    • Security Compliance
    • Software Assurance
    • Scripting with Perl
    • Vulnerability Assessment and Management

    The degree program also includes coursework in the Cyber Security area of specialization so that students may sit for either the CompTIA Security+ or Network+ certification exams. This coursework comprises 64 quarter credits of the overall 186 needed for the degree, but the real question may be why this certification is so important. As the Burning Glass study points out, 35 percent of cyber security jobs require an industry certification compared with just 23 percent of IT jobs overall.3

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    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    The Growing Cyber Security Field

    Students who finish the cyber security degree at CTU should gain a holistic understanding of the cyber security field. In fact, they should be well-equipped to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in the field upon graduation. This includes the ability to:

    • Define the specific security needs of an organization
    • Assess risk management to help ensure a company is well-protected
    • Maintain and troubleshoot security systems for an enterprise
    • Update security systems to meet new standards or protocols or to protect against new threats

    Students who graduate from CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program may be able to pursue an occupation as one of the following:4

    • Database Analyst, Administrator or Engineer
    • Network Engineer or Specialist
    • Information Security Analyst or Engineer
    • Systems Administrator
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1CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs 

2Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

3 http://burning-glass.com/research/cybersecurity/ (Visited 4/27/16)

4http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.