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Cybersecurity, B.S.

Cybersecurity is focused on protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, information, and computer systems. It includes how to recognize risks, implement security measures, test them, investigate attacks, and defend against adversaries. Problems and solutions range from highly technical issues requiring a deep understanding of computer systems to nontechnical and human-centered.

Graduates possess the combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to defend an organization's information systems from a wide variety of internal and external threats.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity at Grand Valley provides broad coverage of cybersecurity concepts as well as hands-on techniques. A strong computing foundation ensures that students have the knowledge to understand the effects of security measures on computing systems as a whole, as well as how to apply security measures to a variety of computing systems.

Coverage of societal and organizational issues regarding cybersecurity prepares students with the necessary context to understand how to apply these skills to the diverse challenges facing a wide variety of organizations.

A minor in information security systems is also available.

The cybersecurity major covers a wide breadth of topics:

  • Network security
  • Secure software
  • Reverse engineering
  • Security policy
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Systems security
  • Cyberforensics
  • Cryptography
  • Risk management

Why Study Cybersecurity at Grand Valley?

  • Flexibility. By choosing electives and minors in related subject areas, students can further tailor degrees to fit their individual needs and career goals.
  • Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and valuable industry experience.
  • By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges in addition to today's threats.
  • Small class sizes of approximately 30 students.
  • Qualified faculty. Most faculty members hold doctoral degrees and have a wide breadth of experience in the industry.
  • The School of CIS has its own dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs for hands-on learning.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format:
  • Face To Face

Career Options

There is a strong demand for cybersecurity professionals. Numerous job opportunities are available, including:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Cyber-crime investigator
  • Penetration tester
  • Incident responder
  • Cybersecurity analyst

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Admission to major standing is competitive and requires a secondary application. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all Grand Valley State University coursework
  • Completion of each course in the technical core with a grade of C or above (C- is not sufficient)
  • GPA of 2.5 or above in the technical core

See CIS for details.

For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

cis.gvsu.edu/cybersecurity-major
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions