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:
- Rated Among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth 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.
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.**
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
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
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
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
National Security Agency and Department of Homeland SecurityThe 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
Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
View our tuition resources page for links to information on our civilian and military student tuition, books and fees.Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date
Ways to Save
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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.
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Classes start August 14, 2018!
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* Learn more about the U.S. News rankings for Colorado Technical University’s online degree programs.
**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.