Online Computer Security Degree

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security

Our reliance on computers and networks means the need for cybersecurity professionals who can protect those systems is more critical than ever. Study the skills and technical knowledge needed by those tasked with protecting computers and networks with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity with a Computer Systems Security concentration from CTU. In this program, you can examine methods, techniques, and tools for securing systems, protecting users, and keeping personal information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-threats.

This CTU degree program offers a curriculum designed in accordance with standards set by CompTIA, an industry recognized independent provider of IT certifications. These third-party credentials provide industry-recognized credentials that demonstrates competency in IT security and networking issues. Upon completing CTU’s cybersecurity program, students may opt to sit for the exams.**

Computer systems professions are expected to see faster-than-average growth from 2016 – 2026 — mostly attributed to the increasing use of digital platforms.1 Earning your BSCS-CSS degree could help you prepare to become an asset in the industry.

The BS in Cyber Security with a Computer Systems Security Concentration is:

  • Is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth year in a row*
  • Designed in accordance with standards set by CompTIA and may help students prepare to take the exams required to earn the CompTIA Security+ and Network+ badges.**
  • Certified to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. 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). This recognition and certification is valid through 2021. This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.

US News Best Online Programs 2018 - Bachelor's CompTIA Network + Certification CompTIA Security+ Certification National Security Agency seal Department of Homeland Security seal

* CTU’s Online Bachelor’s programs are ranked among the Best by U.S. News and World Report.
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.**

CLASSES START

  • November 12, 2019
  • January 07, 2020
  • February 18, 2020

TOTAL CREDITS

186

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    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
    MATH225 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics 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
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    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
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    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
    Select two CSS or CS or IT courses 8
    Total Credit Hours: 64

    Total Credit Hours: 186

  • Accreditations and Alignments

    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 cybersecurity 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.

    Outcomes for this program align with the educational standards of ABET.

     

  • Related Areas of Study

  • Estimate Tuition and Grad Date

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

    Calculator icon Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date
  • Ways to Save

  • Next Steps

Program details are provided after the form.

Classes start November 12, 2019!

Request Information

Fill out this brief form and an admissions advisor will contact you within the next day.

By clicking the button below you agree to be contacted by CTU about education services (including through automated and/or pre-recorded means, e.g. dialing and text messaging) via telephone, mobile device (including SMS and MMS), and/or email, even if your telephone number or email address is on a corporate, state or the National Do Not Call Registry, and you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You understand that your consent is not required as a condition to purchase a good or service.

1. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-1, visited April 13, 2018.

**CTU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by CTU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to CTU. Therefore, CTU cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.