Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Information Assurance

As our reliance on computers increases and technology grows more sophisticated, the need for cybersecurity professionals becomes more important to protect users and keep personal information out of the hands of hackers and safe from cyber threats. CTU's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity with a concentration in Information Assurance is designed to help students prepare and work to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the methods, techniques and tools necessary for securing the public and private sectors' critical assets and information.

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.*

The BS in Cyber Security with an Information Assurance 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.

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

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TOTAL CREDITS

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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
    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
     
    CS362 Structured Query Language for Data Management 4
     
    CS250 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
    or
    CS251 Fundamentals of Database Systems 4
     
    CSS370 Security Architecture 4
    CSS430 Advanced Research in IAS and IT Management 4
    EM200 Introduction to Website Development 4
    IT145 Client/Server Operating Systems 4
    IT204 Fundamentals of Networking 4
    IT305 Advanced Networking 4
    IT340 Client/Server System and Network Administration 4
    IT375 IT Management Strategy 4
    Select two CSS or CS or IT courses 8
     
    Total Credit Hours: 64

    Total Credit Hours: 186


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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.

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