Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security

CTU's Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) degree with a concentration in Computer Systems Security is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to examine and take measures against hacking, spam, worms, malware and computer viruses through cyber sleuthing and evidence gathering.

Information systems play an important role in supporting commerce, banking, telecommunications, healthcare and national security. Coursework in this curriculum focuses on helping students prepare to work with both technical experts and management to secure the information which is considered essential to the business objectives of an enterprise.

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Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021.**

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PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 4.5
    ECON210 Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5
    ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5
    HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5
    IT254 Spreadsheet Applications 4
    MATH109 Introduction to Algebra 4.5
    MATH112 Analytic College Algebra 4.5
    MATH203 Applications of Discrete Mathematics 4.5
    MATH301 Data Driven Statistics 4.5
    PHIL101 Introduction to Ethics 4.5
    POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 4.5
    SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5
    SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5
    SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5
    SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5
     
    UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5
    or
    HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5
    Total Credit Hours: 70
    Courses: Core
    CSS150 Introduction to Computer Security 4
    CSS200 Principles of Network Security 4
    CSS250 Security Risk Management 4
    CSS260 Scripting with Perl 4
    CSS300 Vulnerability Assessment and Management 4
    CSS321 Software Assurance 4
    CSS332 Database and Web Vulnerabilities and Security 4
    CSS350 Computer Forensics I 4
    CSS351 Computer Forensics II 4
    CSS380 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning 4
    CSS410 Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security 4
    CSS441 Security Compliance 4
    CSS450 Security Capstone 4
    Total Credit Hours: 52
    Courses: Concentration
    CJUS254 Introduction to Homeland Security 4
    CE242 Computer Architecture 4
     
    CS104 Problem Solving Concepts With C++ 4
    or
    CS107 Problem Solving Concepts with Python 4
     
    CS115 Programming With C++ 4
    or
    CS117 Programming in Python 4
     
    CS126 Unix Fundamentals 4
    or
    CS146 Introduction to UNIX 4
     
    CS215 Intermediate C++ Programming 4
    or
    CS217 Intermediate Python Programming 4
     
    CS230 Data Structures 4
    or
    CS235 Data Structures with C++ 4
     
    CS265 Algorithms 4
    CS310 Programming Mobile Apps 4
    CS340 Operating Systems 4
    CS366 Software Engineering Methods 4
    EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4
    IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4
    IT305 Advanced Networking 4
    Tech Electives Select two CSS or CS or IT courses 8
    Total Credit Hours: 64

    Total Credit Hours: 186

    National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

    This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

  • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

  • Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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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

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Explain the computer architecture of a modern desktop or server to include the CPU, memory, and storage systems
    • Describe the homeland security program and organization for the United States
    • Construct programs in C++ to include fundamental algorithms and data structures
    • Construct apps for mobile devices
    • Analyze computer network architectures
    • Construct static and dynamic web sites
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The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period:20%

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The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
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**CTU 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