Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Before getting started as a cybersecurity major, students will need to complete their General Education at Kennesaw State University through either traditional on-campus settings, KSU-Online or with eCore courses.

    • See the KSU catalog for complete listing of requirements.
    • Area A1: Communication - 6 credit hours
    • Area A2: Quantitative - 3 credit hours
        • Required Course(s):
            • MATH 1113 - Precalculus 
            • Please contact the academic advisor to determine if you must begin with MATH 1111 - College Algebra before taking MATH 1113- Precalculus.
    • Area B1: Contemporary Economic Issues - 2 credit hours
    • Area B2: Cultural Perspectives - 3 credit hours
    • Area C1: Literature of the World - 3 credit hours
    • Area C2: Arts and Culture of the World - 3 credit hours
    • Area D1: Applied Math - 3-4 credit hours
        • Required Course:
            • MATH 1190 - Calculus I
    • Area D2: Science Process - 7-8 credit hours
    • Area E1: U.S. Government - 3 credit hours
    • Area E2: U.S. History - 3 credit hours
    • Area E3: World History - 3 credit hours
    • Area E4: Social Sciences - 3 credit hours

Lower Division Major Requirements

When students get started on the lower division courses for their cybersecurity degree, a grade of 'C' or better is required in all 3000 and 4000 level courses. In CSE 1321 and CSE 1321L, students must pass with a grade of 'B' or better.

    • ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I
    • MATH 2332 - Probability and Data Analysis OR ECON 2300 - Business Statistics
    • IT 1114 - Programming Principles AND IT 1114L - Programming Principles Lab
    • CSE 1321 - Programming Problem Solving I AND CSE 1321L – Programming Problem Solving I Lab
    • CYBR 2310 - Software Assurance
    • One Hour from Area D1


Upper Division Major Requirements

Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all 3xxx and 4xxx CYBR designated courses and major elective courses.

    • CYBR 3100 - Principles of Cybersecurity
    • CYBR 3200 - Network Security
    • CYBR 3210 - Client Systems Security
    • CYBR 3300 - Management of Cybersecurity in a Global Environment
    • CYBR 3423 - Operating Systems Concepts & Administration
    • CYBR 4200 - Perimeter Defense
    • CYBR 4220 - Server Systems Security
    • CYBR 4323 - Data Communications & Networking
    • CYBR 4330 - Incident Response and Contingency Planning
    • CYBR 4423 - Linux/Unix Administration
    • CYBR 4810 - Cyber Defense
    • CYBR 3123 - Hardware and Software Concepts
    • One hour from area D2
  • All BS-CYBER students are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours as an upper-level specialization. They must choose one of the following tracks and complete all of the courses listed. The options are:

    Systems Security Track

    • CYBR 3153 - Database Systems
    • CYBR 4843 - Ethical Hacking for Effective Defense
        • OR CYBR 4883 - Infrastructure Defense
    • CYBR 4350 - Management of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
        • OR CYBR 4853 - Computer Forensics

    Network Security Track

    • CYBR 4333 - Network Configuration & Administration
    • CYBR 4833 - Wireless Security
    • CYBR 4893 - Internet of Things: Applications and Security

    Cyber Crime Track

    Note: requires CRJU 1101 as Area E requirement, otherwise students take as a Free Elective
    • CRJU 1101 - Foundation of Criminal Justice
    • CYBR 3305 - Technology and Criminal Justice
    • CYBR 4305 - Technology and Cyber Crime
  • MAJOR ELECTIVES (9 Credit Hours)

    Students should choose 9 credit hours from the following:

    • CYBR 3220 - Global IS Project Management
    • CYBR 3223 - Software Acquisition and Project Management
    • CYBR 3396 - Cooperative Study (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator, Host Department and KSU Career Services)
    • CYBR 3398 - Internship (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator, Host Department and KSU Career Services
    • CYBR 4400 - Directed Study (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator and Host Department)
    • CYBR 4490 - Special Topics (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator and Host Department)
    • CYBR 4700 - Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity (Varies by offering)
    • Any 3xxx or 4xxx CYBR, IS, ISA, IT, CS, CSE, or CRJU courses for which you can meet the prerequisites and are not required in your chosen specialization

    FREE ELECTIVES (5 Credit Hours)

    • Any course(s) in the university curriculum.
  • Cybersecurity students are welcome to consider any minor in the university curriculum, but the following minors are suggested pairs to the Cybersecurity major:

    Criminal Justice Minor (9 + 3 Credit Hours)

    Students desiring a minor in criminal justice should take the CJ track outlined above AND the following courses as major and free electives. Note the 4th course will count as a free elective.

    • CRJU 3310 - Police in America
    • CRJU 3332 - Corrections
        • OR CRJU 3352 - Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections
    • CRJU 3300 - Criminal Courts
        • OR CRJU 3315 - Criminal Procedure
    • One CRJU course from approved minor elective list (see catalog for listing and availability)

    Crisis Preparedness Minor (9 + 3 Credit Hours)

    Students desiring a minor in crisis preparedness should take the following courses as major and free electives. Note the 4th course will count as a free elective.

    Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

    Note: BS-CYBR students take CYBR 3300 and CYBR 4330 in lieu of ISA 3330.

    • PR 4460 - Crisis Communication
    • POLS 4200 - Homeland Security Administration

    Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours as Free electives) selected from the following:

    • CRJU 3400 - Ideological/Group Violence and Law Enforcement
    • CRJU 4100 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • PR 4670 - Crisis Leadership Communication
    • POLS 4437 - Global Security

Personal Computer Hardware Recommendation

Windows-based machines are generally recommended, however Apple/iOS/Linux machines may be used successfully in many cases. Many courses will assume that the student operates from a current generation Windows-based desktop or laptop computer and will provide instruction for student work using tutorials and instructions written for Windows. Some courses may offer alternatives with similar software for iOS and Linux distribution systems.

As of mid-2021 the recommendation is for a Windows 10 Professional OS running with:

  • Intel i7 (preferred) or i5 processor
  • 16-32 GB (or more) of RAM
  • 1 TB (or more) storage (HDD or SSD)
  • stable and reliable Internet connectivity

Cybersecurity Degree Program Learning Outcomes

May 12, 2022

1.   Analyze a complex computing problem and design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of Cybersecurity.

2.   Communicate effectively in writing or oral presentations; work independently or in teams, and demonstrate a high degree of legal and ethical principles. 

3.   Plan, build, and operate a Cybersecurity infrastructure required to effectively protect information assets.

4.   Use defensive measures and collected information to identify, analyze, and defend against threats to information, information systems, and networks.

5.   Conduct assessments of the level of risk associated with threats to and vulnerabilities in information assets and their supporting systems and develop and recommends appropriate mitigation countermeasures.

6.   Plan and respond to non-normal events, including incidents, disasters, crises, and threats to business continuity.