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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity prepares the next generation of cyber defenders: white hat hackers, threat analysts, and cryptologists. The program develops analytical skills while putting theory into practice with hands-on training. Courses in Cybersecurity cover both offensive and defensive techniques, with a dual focus on both theory and research.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Major Related Requirements

The following required courses also meet core curriculum requirements:

Technology Requirements

The technology requirement will be met by successful completion of the following course with a C grade or better:


Cybersecurity majors will be expected to meet the following program outcomes.

Outcome 1.

Develop skills in secure programming, compliance, and evidence handling (CS 225 , CY 350 ).

Outcome 2.

Evaluate the performance of the security penetration tools to enhance system defenses in virtual environments (CS 225 , CY 305 ).

Outcome 3.

Understand intrusion network detection methodologies, tools, and approaches to incident responses, including computer forensic principles, registry structures, and file system concepts (CY 360 , CY 370 ).

Outcome 4.

Acquire the knowledge and training to prepare and pass the industry standard cybersecurity certification, including CompTIA Security+, CEH, CISSP, etc. (CS 225 , CY 305 , CY 320 , CY 330 , CY 350 , CY 370 ).


The outcomes for the Cybersecurity major are assessed through a combination of written and performance examinations, written and performance assignments, practicum and internship supervisor evaluations, and a completed capstone project. CS 499 requires a senior capstone project to be designed, completed, and then presented to Computer Science faculty.

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