Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity provides you with both theory and know-how required to strategically assess, plan, design, and implement effective cybersecurity defenses in the public and private sectors. With near-daily reports of large-scale information security breaches and hacking events, this career field is wide open for highly educated and competent forensic investigators and cybersecurity analysts and consultants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasted a 22 percent growth rate in the cyber security industry through 2020, making now the perfect time to acquire the education you need to meet the demand. Through this online IT bachelor’s program, you’ll learn research, writing, math, and analytical skills, along with an in-depth understanding of cybercrime.

Coursework in this bachelor’s degree aligns to the general objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification and meets the topical requirements for the Department of Defense Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM) Technical I, Technical II, Technical III, Management I, Management II, and Management III categories.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Cybercrime, cybersecurity, and cyberwarfare
  • Biometrics, cryptography, and physical defense
  • Operating system hardening and security
  • Digital forensics and network intrusion investigation
  • Criminology, intelligence, and homeland security
  • Wireless and mobile communication
  • Information assurance and IT security
  • Database and IT security planning and policy
  • Cyberlaw, ethics, and privacy in a digital age

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast the various aspects of cybersecurity including the relationship between cyber defense, cyber operations, cyber exploitations, cyber intelligence, cybercrime, and cyber law within federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and goals of cyber forensics investigations including the importance of search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation of computer-related crimes.
  • Develop strategies and plans for security architecture consisting of tools, techniques, and technologies to detect and prevent network penetration, and to design effective cybersecurity countermeasures.
  • Analyze network designs, topologies, architectures, protocols, communications, administration, operations, and resource management for wired, wireless, and satellite networks that affect the security of the cyberspace.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

This general concentration allows you to choose from a variety of elective courses from homeland security, intelligence, information systems securitiy, and IT project management.

Sample Courses

  • ITMG381 - Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
  • INTL440 - Cyber Warfare
  • CMRJ303 - Criminology
  • HLSS320 - Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • ISSC457 - Digital Forensics: Investigating Network Intrusions and Cybercrime Security
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Wireless and Mobile Security

Provides specialization in the methodologies used in mobile and wireless network infrastructure security. Also covers the regulations, policies, procedures, and ethical responsibilities for privacy and security of mobile devices.

Sample Courses

  • ITMG381 - Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
  • ISSC412 - Mobile Application Security
  • ISSC415 - Mobile Device Security
  • ISSC442 - Wireless and Mobile Network Security
  • ISSC456 - Digital Forensics: Investigating Wireless Networks and Devices

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

Software and/or lab equipment required for some courses in this program must be purchased at the student’s expense, and are not included in the undergraduate book grant.

Estimated course materials for this program are $229. You can view the materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.