2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Cybersecurity, BS

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About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Program is based on curriculum standards of the ACM/IEEE/AIS SIGSEC/IFIP Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines and meets the requirements of Purdue University Northwest’s instructional guidelines. The curriculum core is made up of general education courses and specific cybersecurity requirements of the Guidelines including data security, software security, system security, network and platform security, human and organization security, computer and mobile forensics. The core courses also include knowledge areas in computational thinking and problem solving, operating systems and platform technologies, network technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The course curriculum is built upon hands-on based learning. Our graduates are prepared with knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue careers as cybersecurity specialist, cybersecurity analyst, cybersecurity penetration and vulnerability tester, cybercrime analyst and investigator, IT auditor, network and system administrators.

Degree Requirements

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

Other Required Courses (15 Credits)

Choose five (5) courses from:

Courses approved by CIT faculty. Any approved minor may be substituted for selective

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):   Minimum grade of C required for all major courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required, select from the Experiential Learning course list  

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

The program requirements are determined by the date a student officially becomes a Cybersecurity major. A student who is not qualified to take at least ENGL 10400  and MA 14700  is considered deficient and cannot take any cybersecurity courses until the deficiency is removed. A grade of a “C” or better is required in each cybersecurity major course. Cybersecurity courses in which lower grades have been received must be retaken before progressing to the subsequent course in the sequence. An incomplete is not considered a passing grade. Only two cybersecurity courses may be repeated because of an unsatisfactory (D or F) grade. These courses may be repeated one time. No student shall choose the pass/not pass option for a cybersecurity course unless permitted with institutional policy. Advisor agreement is required for any other course. Students must meet the University requirements for freshman experience, general education, and experiential learning prior to graduation. It is expected that students taking 20000, 30000, and 40000 level courses have taken all of the previous level courses regardless of prerequisites.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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