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Protect Critical Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is specifically designed for students seeking to enter the highly in-demand field of cybersecurity, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026. The program will prepare you to assess and investigate the misuse of data and information systems.

The BS in Cybersecurity program offers flexible learning options, including on-site and online courses that can be completed at your own pace. You can complete this bachelor’s degree in as little as two years and can apply to the program with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.

CityU was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity was developed with guidance from data security leaders and hiring managers in the public and private sectors. The degree combines the governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) skills employers are seeking with those that students will need to be successful now and in the future. Through the study of technology, investigative processes, and cyber-related offenses, you will be prepared to address corporate risks and enter the field as a specialist on data security and cybercrime.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the cybersecurity bachelor’s program, you’ll learn:

  • Networking protocol for OSI and IP networking
  • The tools, processes, and procedures to secure computer networks
  • How modern computer systems work with data across multiple systems
  • Internet technology, including physical devices and networks, protocols, and services
  • Information systems taxonomies and general applications
  • An overview of the field including the objectives of information security
  • The tools and techniques that security professionals use to implement, monitor, and evaluate security on computer systems
  • An introduction to programming using Python
  • An introduction to programming using the Standard C++ programming language

Required Credits (180 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020-2021 Course Catalog. 

Lower-Division Requirements

College Composition: 5 credits
College Mathematics: 5 credits
Humanities: 15 credits*
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits**

*Distribution of two disciplines required needed 5 credits Humanities besides writing. 

**Distribution of two disciplines required 5 credits Natural Sciences needed. 

Program Requirements

Preparatory Courses (20 Credits)

AC 215 Fundamentals of Accounting (5)

CS 225 Introduction to Web Design (5)


CJ 240 Research Methods and Practice (5)

HUM 210 Justice and Ethics (5)

SSC 204 Criminal Procedural Law (5)

SSC 220 Principles of Microeconomics (5)

Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Core (45 Credits)

CJ 360 Cybercrime, Technology, and Social Change (5)

CJ 361 Cyber and Surveillance Law and Governance (5)

CJ 362 Investigation of Cyber Crime (5)

CJ 365 Applied Criminology and Crime Prevention (5)

CJ 403 Enterprise Risk Management (5)

CJ 424 Homeland Security and Espionage (5)

IS 464 Policy and Audits (5)

IS 472 IT Compliance (5)


CJ 363 Investigation of Business Crimes (5)

CJ 410 Risk Assessment and Prevention (5)

Cybersecurity Technology Core (40 Credits)

CS 330 Network Communications Basics (5)

CS 481 Network Security (5)

IS 306 Data Management Communications and Networking (5)

IS 308 Internet Technologies (5)

IS 330 Information Systems (5)

IS 345 Information Security (5)

IS 468 Tools and Techniques (5)


CS 131 Computer Science I: C++ (5)

CS 151 Programming with Python (5)

Required Electives (10 Credits)


BSC 403 Legal Issues in the Workplace (5)

BSM 405 Operations Management (5)

CJ 318 Fundamentals of Criminology (5)

CJ 363 Investigation of Business Crimes* (5)

CJ 422 Organizational and White-Collar Crime (5)

COM 461 Communicating Crisis, Emergency, and Social Change (5)

IS 350 Systems Analysis and Design (5)

*CJ 363: May only be used in the Required Elevitves if not already used in the Investigation and Audit Core.

Capstone (5 Credits)

CJ 465 Bureaupathology (5)

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program will prepare you for a career in the growing field of cybersecurity, including:

  • Data security
  • Corporate investigations
  • Cybercrime
  • Risk analysis
  • Information assurance
  • Related fields

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.