Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity


Program Description

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.

Mission Statement

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.

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Course Requirements

  • Developing A Christian Mind
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • 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 towards these 15 credit hours)
  • History
  • Kinesiology 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
  • Mathematics [Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite]
  • Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)PHYS 1401 and 1402 plus 7 hours from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, or Physical Science
  • Religion and three additional credit hours depending on semester hours transferred at the time of initial enrollment
  • Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Total General Studies Hours: 52-58

Cybersecurity Major

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • Foundations of Computer Science I
  • Foundations of Computer Science II
  • Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Networks and Telecommunication
  • Information Assurance
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking and System Defense
  • Digital Forensics
  • Software Security
  • Senior Project in Computer Science (S-L)
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering (S-L)

Along with the following course:

  • Discrete Mathematics

Electives are sufficient to complete a 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Total credit hours required: 120

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

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.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Founded in 1898, DBU has one mission—to transform the lives of students who will transform the world, all for the glory of God.

Founded in 1898, DBU has one mission—to transform the lives of students who will transform the world, all for the glory of God. Read less