The Cybersecurity Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of computer security, including theory, tools, and best practices. It seeks to prepare the student for careers in many areas of cybersecurity work including cyber analytics, penetration testing, network security, digital forensics, and cybersecurity operations and management careers.
The Computer Science Department of Dallas Baptist University is committed to providing a high-quality education that stresses excellence in work performance, scholarship, ethical application of knowledge, and logical and practical skills for dealing with a society that is dependent upon constantly changing computer-related technology. This will be accomplished within a Christian environment that provides a spiritual foundation.
Goals of the Cybersecurity Major
The Cybersecurity program seeks to:
Identify and apply theories and processes related to information security, assurance, and cybersecurity.
Apply security and cyber defense principles to the planning, implementing, and monitoring of cybersecurity mechanisms to help ensure the protection of information technology assets.
The ability of ethical decision-making and professional integrity.
Identify and analyze organizational problems relating to information assurance, security, and its implications on value creation and defense.
A major in Cybersecurity requires a minimum of 32 credit hours in computer science plus 24 credit hours in Cybersecurity. More than the minimum requirements in computer science will be necessary for students wishing to pursue graduate work in a related field. All Cybersecurity majors are required to take MATH 1405, 2301, 3302, and PHYS 1401, 1402.
Expected Educational Results:
Employment for graduates in computer-related careers.
Graduates pursuing advanced degrees.
credit hours (bS)
Developing A Christian Mind
ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 2301 - World Literature I
ENGL 2302 - World Literature II
Foundations for Excellence
FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence
is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2301 - World Civilization I
HIST 2302 - World Civilization II
KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living
and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
MATH 1303 - College Algebra
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
PHYS 1401 - General Physics I
PHYS 1402 - General Physics II
plus 7 hours from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, or Physical Science
RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey
three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government
and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS
COSC 1302 - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
COSC 1405 - Foundations of Computer Science I
COSC 1408 - Foundations of Computer Science II
COSC 2306 - Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms
COSC 2403 - Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
COSC 3301 - Database Management Systems
COSC 3305 - Computer Organization and Architecture
COSC 3306 - Networks and Telecommunication
COSC 3312 - Information Assurance
COSC 3418 - Software Security
COSC 4316 - Ethical Hacking and System Defense
COSC 4317 - Digital Forensics
COSC 4308 - Senior Project in Computer Science (S-L)
COSC 4401 - Operating Systems
COSC 4402 - Software Engineering (S-L)
COSC 4415 - Network Security and Cryptography
Along with the following course:
MATH 3302 - Discrete Mathematics
Lower or Upper-Level
Total Credit Hours Required
A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.
At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.
Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.
(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component
Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.
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