Program Requirements

General Education Requirements:

Students may complete their General Education at Kennesaw State University through traditional on-campus, KSU-Online, or eCore courses. Students may also complete their General Education requirements through any of the other University System of Georgia’s eCore affiliated universities. Kennesaw State University also welcomes transfer students from the USG’s 2-yr colleges, state colleges and universities, and other nationally accredited institutions.

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    • See the KSU catalog for complete listing of requirements.
    • Area A1: Communication - 6 credit hours
    • Area A2: Quantitative - 3-4 credit hours
        • Required Course(s):
            • MATH 1111 - College Algebra AND MATH 1112 - College Trigonometry
            • OR MATH 1113 - Precalculus
    • Area B1: Contemporary Economic Issues - 2 credit hours
    • Area B2: Cultural Perspectives - 3 credit hours
        • Required Course:
            • COM 1100 - Human Communication
    • 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 1160 - Elementary Applied Calculus
            • OR 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
        • Required Course:
            • CRJU 1101 - Foundations of Criminal Justice
            • OR ECON 2100 - Principles of Microeconomics
    • Additional Required Course:
        • WELL 1000 - Foundations for Healthy Living
    • ACCT 2100 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • MATH 2332 - Probability and Data Analysis
        • OR STAT 1107 - Introduction to Statistics
        • OR ECON 2300 - Business Statistics
    • CSE 1321 - Programming Problem Solving I
      • AND CSE 1321L – Programming Problem Solving I Lab
    • IT 1323 - Advanced Programming Principles
      • AND IT 1323L - Advanced Programming Principles Lab
    • CSE 2300 - Discrete Structures for Computing
        • OR MATH 2345 - Discrete Mathematics
    • One Hour from Area D

Upper Division Major Requirements:

The B.S. Cybersecurity is an eMajor degree and begins after the General Education requirements for areas A-F are satisfied. The eMajor program begins at Upper Division Major Requirements, listed below.

Note: Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all 3xxx and 4xxx designated courses

  • Upper Division Technical Core (12 Credit Hours)

    • CYBR 3123 - Hardware and Software Concepts
    • CYBR 3423 - Operating Systems Concepts & Administration
    • CYBR 4323 - Data Communications & Networking
    • CYBR 4423 - Linux/Unix Administration

    Upper Division Security Core (21 Credit Hours)

    • CYBR 3100 - Principles of Information Security
    • CYBR 3200 - Network Security
    • CYBR 3210 - Client Systems Security
    • CYBR 3300 - Management of Information Security in a Global Environment
    • CYBR 4200 - Perimeter Defense
    • CYBR 4220 - Server Systems Security
    • CYBR 4330 - Incident Response and Contingency Planning

    Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

    • CYBR 4810 - Cyber Defense
  • 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
    • CYBR 3305 - Technology and Criminal Justice
    • CYBR 4305 - Technology and Cyber Crime
    • CYBR 4350 - Management of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
        • OR CYBR 4853 - Computer Forensics
  • MAJOR ELECTIVES (9 Credit Hours)

    Students should choose 9 credit hours from the following:

    • CYBR 3220 - Global IS Project Management
        • OR IT 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 IS/ISA/IT/CS/CRJU/CYBR course the student can meet the prerequisites for except restricted ISA or IT Security course (see advisor for complete listing)

    FREE ELECTIVES (6 - 7 Credit Hours)

    • Any course(s) in the university curriculum.
  • Information Technology Minor (Embedded)

    Students earning a major in Cybersecurity will also earn a minor in Information Technology.

    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 ISA 3300 and ISA 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
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