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Bachelor of Science in
Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations program teaches students to analyze security issues from the perspective of human and information systems. Courses in the major will explore how to anticipate and identify threats using technology, articulate potential impacts to stakeholders, and ensure the safety of online information.

To earn the B.S. in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, you are required to successfully complete a minimum of 123 credits.

Build Your Credentials along the Way

Because the IT profession is constantly changing, continued learning remains key to advancing your career. As you consider your education options, you might also be interested in the Associate in Science in IST, Undergraduate Certificate in IST, or the Undergraduate Certificate in SRA, as you work toward your bachelor’s degree. Many of the credits in these programs may be applied to the requirements for your bachelor’s degree, so that means you can benefit from Penn State's highly regarded name on your résumé even sooner. Your adviser can help you plan the best path for you to achieve your goals.

Prescribed Courses

  • 3
    credits

    This studio course teaches four basic hands-on cyber-defense skills: configuring a firewall, implementing a host-based intrusion detection software tool, using the Metasploit tool to do penetration testing, and implementing a network intrusion detection tool.

    • Prerequisite

      (CYBER 100 or CYBER 100S) and IST 140

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides the student with the background, experience and perspective that is required to document organizational preparation for cyber incidents, document cyber incident impact and resolution, document response strategies, as well as integrate business continuity planning into the organization.

    • Prerequisite

      CYBER 262, SRA 221 and SRA 231

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    This studio course teaches fundamental data-driven cybersecurity analytics skills using programming skills acquired in earlier courses.

    • Prerequisite

      STAT 200 and IST 261 and CYBER 262

    • Concurrent

      SRA 365

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Malware Analytics is an intermediate course required for students who are majoring in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations. It is a three-credit hands-on course that teaches principles and practice of malware detection, analysis, and defense.

    • Prerequisite

      IST 242 and IST 261 and CYBER 262

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Cybersecurity Capstone is an advanced, culminating course for students who are majoring in Cybersecurity. This course provides the student with a practical exercise, designed by the instructor.

    • Prerequisite

      CYBER 342W and (ENGL 202A or ENGL 202B or ENGL 202C or ENGL 202D) and 7th semester standing

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the concept of databases, including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data, and related issues.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to digital network topologies, transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to formal languages, mathematical logic, and discrete mathematics, with applications to information sciences and technology.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 110 or MATH 140

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

    • Prerequisite

      IST 301 or SRA 231

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security.

    • Prerequisite

      C or better in IST 220 and SRA 221

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cybercrime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cybercrime investigation.

    • Prerequisite

      C or better in IST 220 and SRA 221

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Contemporary security issues; security management processes, architecture, and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis, and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling, and response; and security standards and certification processes.

    • Prerequisite

      C or better in IST 220 and SRA 221

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 1
    credit

    Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

    • Prerequisite

      prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor

    • Note

      Internships provide valuable experience for students; however, we recognize that situations vary and some students, due to work or other commitments, are unable to adjust their schedules. You are encouraged to contact your adviser to make arrangements for suitable activities in lieu of an internship.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    This introductory course spans areas of security, risk, and analysis covering contexts in government agencies and business organizations.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides overview of nature, scope, and seriousness of threats to security as a result of terrorism and crime.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an understanding of the overview of information security including security architecture, access control, and internet secure applications.

    • Prerequisite

      SRA 111 and (CMPSC 101 or IST 140 or CMPSC 121)

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an overview of decision theoretical and analytical concepts and tools in the security risk analysis field.

    • Prerequisite

      SRA 111 and STAT 200

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Assessment and mitigation of security vulnerabilities for people, organizations, industry sectors, and the nation.

    • Prerequisite

      SRA 231

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    This course emphasizes how to summarize data using descriptive statistics, how to make data-driven decisions using inferential statistics, and how to critically evaluate data presented in the media, all within the context of security, risk, and analysis. This is both a theory and application course. Students will learn about statistical theories, such as regression, and chi-square analyses, and apply their knowledge of these theories by analyzing and interpreting data using a statistical software package.

    • Prerequisite

      STAT 200

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

Additional Courses

  • 3
    credits

    This is an introductory university-level course in computer systems literacy. The history, architecture and operation of computing systems and underlying computing theory are covered.

    • 3
      credits

      Writing for students in scientific and technical disciplines.

      • Prerequisite

        ENGL 15, ESL 15, ENGL 30, and 4th Semester standing OR ENGL 137H, ENGL 138T, and 4th Semester standing

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Writing reports and other common forms of business communication.

      • Prerequisite

        (ENGL 15 or ESL 15 or ENGL 30) and 4th-semester standing OR (ENGL 137H and ENGL 138T) and 4th-semester standing

    • 4
      credits

      Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications.

      • Prerequisite

        MATH 022 or MATH 40 or MATH 41 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • or:
      4
      credits

      Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications.

      • Prerequisite

        MATH 22 and MATH 26 or MATH 26 and satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination or MATH 40 or MATH 41 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination.

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 4
    credits

    Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

    • Prerequisite

      Placement into MATH 21 or higher.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    A first course in concepts and skills for application development.

    • Prerequisite

      C or better in MATH 21 or placement above the level of Math 21 in the mathematics placement test.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Intermediate application development including algorithms, data structures, and object-oriented concepts.

    • Prerequisite

      A grade of C or better in IST 140 or CMPSC 121 or IST 240

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • 3
      credits

      This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to create both basic and more dynamic web-based content pages and applications.

      • Prerequisite

         IST 250 or IST 242 or CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Introductory design and development studio course for IST and SRA students.

      • Prerequisite

        A grade of C or better in IST 242 or permission of program

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Second of two design and development studio courses for IST and SRA students.

      • Prerequisite

        Grade of C or better in IST 311

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (select 9 credits)

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations must take 9 credits within one of these application areas, with all of the courses being at the 400-level. Students will be encouraged to take introductory courses that fill enforced prerequisites in the specialization while also meeting General Education knowledge domain requirements. The student must take all nine credits in a single application focus area. Students may not mix and match. 

Application Focus Areas:

  • Application Development
  • Law & Policy
  • Economics
  • Geopolitics
  • Healthcare
  • Custom Application Focus

Please consult with your academic adviser on a list of courses offered. 

Electives (select 3 credits)

You can choose your electives from the World Campus Course Catalog.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

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