What Is a Cybersecurity Degree?
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program was developed with industry guidance to produce highly-skilled, well-equipped cybersecurity professionals. As an increasing number of cyberattacks and information security threats hit our nation, expert cybersecurity professionals are in significant demand by government agencies, defense firms, financial services and companies in a wide range of industries that handle private data.
This on-campus or online cybersecurity degree program responds to this strong industry demand by:
- Exposing students to training and curriculum designed to prepare them for real-world situations
- Instructing students in addressing vulnerabilities, preventing data breaches, and protecting against various types of cybercrime
- Revealing the importance of adapting quickly to changing technology and industry standards
- Instilling an attitude of continual learning in a fast-evolving digital field
Students will gain knowledge in defending digital spaces, computer environments, networks and sensitive information from malicious software and hackers. This program teaches and assesses competency in all aspects of offensive cybersecurity, cyber laws as applies to cybersecurity practitioners, and cyber ethics. Areas of study include: information assurance foundations, digital forensic investigations, malware reverse engineering, wireless security, security architecture design, security frameworks and secure system administration.
If you are looking to advance your career in the IT industry or considering a career change in this field, this degree may be right for you. The cybersecurity bachelor’s degree emphasizes critical thinking, real-world application, and practical project management experience. Students further develop valuable workplace skills, such as effective communication, teamwork, initiative, strong work ethic, analytical skills, adaptability, and self-confidence. GCU’s Christian worldview is also integrated into the program, so students can learn professional and ethical practices associated with cybersecurity.
This is a technical degree that incorporates real-world, hands-on application of theoretical concepts. Students have opportunities to participate in cybersecurity competitions to get the necessary training to immediately pursue a high-stakes cybersecurity job.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree?
Students typically complete the program in four years; however, students may speak with their counselor about fast-track options to graduate earlier by taking summer classes on campus or online. GCU strives to support students in accelerating their time to completion, so they can enter their career or graduate school sooner.
Cybersecurity Degree Requirements
It is recommended that all students wanting to pursue a cybersecurity degree take ENG-107: Introduction to Writing for the Sciences as a general education course. Some courses in this degree require technical writing and this course supports students with the ability to transfer knowledge of writing across multiple scientific disciplines.
To begin earning a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, apply to the College of Science, Engineering and Technology by selecting "Request Info" or "Apply Now" at the top of the page. Undergraduate Campus and Online Admission Requirements provides more information on degree program requirements and qualifications.
This Program’s Cybersecurity Courses Include:
- Platform and Network Technologies
- Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
- Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking
- Cyber Forensic Investigations
- IT Business Case Planning for Global Enterprise
- Security Driven Systems Administration
- Analysis, Design and Management of Secure Corporate Networks
Students will have the opportunity to implement and present a real-world applied research and design project as part of their IT Project course.
Careers With a Cybersecurity Degree
Working in cyber intelligence is a highly valued, lucrative career with room for advancement. Potential occupations in the field include cybersecurity technicians, security operation center analysts, penetration testers, malware analysts and digital forensic technicians, as well as positions in defensive cybersecurity operations for public and private sectors.
To elevate credentials and deepen experience, graduates can earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from GCU, as well as explore vendor training and professional certifications. These additional credentials help professionals stay ahead of emerging threats and up-to-date on current attack vectors, incoming trends and new technologies and techniques.
Cybersecurity Degree FAQs
1 Nasdaq.com in October 2021 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on October 2021, which can be found here: Cybersecurity Has a Workforce Gap.
2 Statista, “Annual Number of Data Breaches and Exposed Records in the United States from 2005 to 2020” in March 2021
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.