What Is a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity?
Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) 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 needed by government agencies, small businesses, financial services and institutions and companies in a wide range of industries that handle private data.1
This on-campus or online program cybersecurity degree program responds to this strong industry need by:
- Exposing students to training and curriculum designed to prepare them for practical situations
- Instructing students to prevent data breaches, protect against various types of cybercrime and address vulnerabilities
- 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 be taught to defend digital spaces, computer environments, networks and sensitive information from malicious software developers and hackers. This cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program teaches and assesses competency in all aspects of defensive cybersecurity, cyber law and cyber ethics.
Areas of study include:
- Information assurance foundations
- Digital forensic investigations
- Malware reverse engineering
- Wireless security
- Security architecture design
- Security frameworks
- Secure system administration
If you are looking to position yourself for possible career advancement 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, field-based application and practical project management experience. Students further study 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 in the program, so students can learn professional and ethical practices associated with cybersecurity.
The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is a technical degree that incorporates practical, hands-on application of theoretical concepts. Students have opportunities to participate in cybersecurity competitions to get the necessary training to pursue a cybersecurity job.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree?
The BS in Cybersecurity degree requires a total of 120 credits for completion. Most of the classes are 15 weeks in length. If you are participating in the online cybersecurity degree program, the courses are generally seven weeks long. Fill out the form on this page to speak to a university counselor to better understand how long it takes to earn your degree.
On-Campus or Online Cybersecurity Degree Requirements
It is recommended that all students wanting to pursue an on-campus or online 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.
BS in Cybersecurity degree students will be required to have computer operating systems of Windows 10 of better, or the latest Apple OS X operating system, either with at least 16GB of RAM. There are other software costs and required user licenses for certain courses. Please see the University Policy Handbook for a list of the course requirements.
To begin earning your 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. Program applicants will follow the standard application process. Undergraduate Campus and Online Admission Requirements provides more information on degree program requirements and qualifications.
What You Will Be Taught in GCU’s Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Program
- 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 field-based applied research and design project as part of their IT Project course.
Careers With a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Degree
Working in cyber intelligence can be a highly valued, lucrative career with room for potential advancement. A few potential occupations in the field include:
- Computer and information systems manager
- Information security analyst
- Computer network support specialist and architect
- Network and computer systems administrator
- Computer systems analysts
- Computer and information research scientist
To elevate credentials and deepen the experience, BS in Cybersecurity 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, as well as stay updated on current attack vectors, incoming trends and new technologies and techniques.
BS in Cybersecurity Degree FAQs
1 Filipkowski, Ben (2023, March 24). What is the future of cybersecurity? Field Effect. Retrieved on July 20, 2023.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, retrieved on Jan. 23, 2023.
3 Retrieved from McKinsey & Company, Cybersecurity trends: Looking over the horizon, in July 2022.
4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Information Security Analysts as of May 2021, retrieved on Oct. 11, 2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Information Security Analysts. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
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
Required General Education Courses
* 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.