Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

CTU's Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) degree program is guided by industry trends and driven by technology. The focus of the program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate computer crimes, properly seize and recover computer evidence and aid in the prosecution of cyber criminals. Emphasis is placed on integrating Cyber Security techniques with management methodologies necessary in today's complex workplace environments.

The curriculum has been certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for education standards in computer systems security.  The program also has affiliations with the National Security Agency (NSA).

CTU offers two concentrations for the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security, allowing students to focus their degrees in a specific area of interest.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
Colorado Technical University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  186

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online1: Colorado Springs, Denver & Online

Program Details

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  • Concentrations

    CTU offers focused concentrations for the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree to better prepare you to excel in this competitive field. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Curriculum

    The core courses for the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program are focused on providing a holistic overview of industry-relevant skills to those who aspire to work in cyber security. Core courses include:

    • Introduction to Computer Security
    • Principles of Network Security
    • Security Risk Management
    • Scripting with Perl
    • Vulnerability Assessment and Management
    • Software Assurance
    • Database and Web Vulnerabilities and Security
    • Computer Forensics I
    • Computer Forensics II
    • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
    • Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security
    • Security Compliance
    • Security Capstone
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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right bachelor’s degree program. Potential career paths for those who earn a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree include:2

    • Information Security Analyst
    • Information Security Engineer
    • Network Administrator
    • Systems Administrator
    • Database Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Network Specialist
    • Database Engineer
    • Database Analyst
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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.3

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    86%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    84%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    92%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    77%
    My education has helped me advance my career
    63%
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    79%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    83%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    80%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    81%
    Communicate effectively with my manager
    82%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.4, 5

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    83%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    100%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
    100%
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    87%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    88%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization6
    87%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    85%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    90%
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    89%
    Take direction well
    88%
    Work effectively in a team environment
    87%
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    84%
    Manage conflicts effectively
    83%
    Provide input on planning for business
    86%
    Take initiative to lead projects6
    84%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business6
    83%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

2http://www.burning-glass.com/realtime; 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.

3Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

5Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

6Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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