Cybersecurity is focused on protecting the confidentiality,
integrity, and availability of data, information, and computer
systems. It includes learning how to recognize risks, implement and
test security measures, investigate attacks, and defend against
adversaries. 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.
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.
Why Study Cybersecurity at Grand Valley?
- Students can tailor their degree to fit their individual interests and career goals by choosing electives and minors in related subject areas.
- Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market, along with 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.
- Most faculty members hold doctoral degrees and have a breadth of experience in the industry.
- Dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs offer relevant, hands-on learning.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
The cybersecurity major covers a wide breadth of topics:
- Network security
- Secure software
- Reverse engineering
- Security policy
- Legal and ethical issues
- Systems security
- Risk management
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.
Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered. However, achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the major.
- overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all GVSU coursework
- GPA of 2.5 or above in technical core (only one repeat per course allowed)
- completion of each course in the technical core with a grade of “C” or above
See School of Computing for details.