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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Requirements for a Major in Cybersecurity

University Degree Requirements

As identified in the General Academic Regulations section of the catalog.

Admission to the Cybersecurity Major

Admission to major standing in cybersecurity is competitive and requires an application for admittance into the major. 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 cybersecurity foundation with a grade of C or above (C- is not sufficient).
  • GPA of 2.5 or above in the cybersecurity foundation.

The cybersecurity foundation includes CIS 162, CIS 258, MTH 225, STA 215 (or STA 312), and COM 201. Completing the cybersecurity foundation courses requires programming, analytical reasoning, and communication skills. These skills are important to excel in the computing field.

The cybersecurity foundation GPA is calculated on no more than one repeat per course. Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the major. Transfer students must complete at least six hours of CIS coursework before applying, but should consult with a CIS advisor before scheduling their first semester.

Note: While admission to major standing in cybersecurity may be achieved with completion of the computer science, information systems, or information technology foundation instead of the cybersecurity foundation, it is still necessary to complete all the required courses of the cybersecurity major.

Cybersecurity Major

Required Courses

Cybersecurity majors must complete the following CIS courses with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Elective Courses

Cybersecurity majors must select six or more credits of elective courses from the following:

Cognate Courses

Cybersecurity majors must complete the following cognate courses:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Cybersecurity

This suggested order of coursework assumes that students will complete the cybersecurity foundation and general education courses with the help of their advisor and apply for admission at the end of the winter semester of their first year.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year



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