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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 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.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.
Available as a minor.

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.

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.

  • 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
  • Cyber-forensics
  • Cryptography
  • Risk management

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

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.

For More Information

School of Computing
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Admissions and Recruitment Office