Degree Requirements

Major: Cybersecurity

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

CSCI 105Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CSCI 159Computer Science Problem Solving3
CSCI 160Computer Science I4
CSCI 161Computer Science II4
CSCI 222Discrete Mathematics3
CSCI 277Introduction to UNIX3
CSCI 366Database Systems3
CSCI 371Web Scripting Languages3
CSCI 374Computer Organization and Architecture3
CSCI 403Defensive Network Security3
CSCI 404Ethical Hacking3
CSCI 405Principles of Cybersecurity3
CSCI 408Malware Detection, Analysis and Threat Mechanisms3
CSCI 409Cybersecurity Law and Policy3
CSCI 410Computer Crime and Forensics3
CSCI 411Secure Software Development 2
CSCI 429Network Applications and Environments3
CSCI 445Software Projects Capstone3
CSCI 474Operating Systems Concepts3
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions3
or ENGL 324 Writing in the Sciences
MATH 146Applied Calculus I4
or MATH 165 Calculus I
STAT 367Probability3
or STAT 330 Introductory Statistics
STAT 368Statistics3
or STAT 331 Regression Analysis
Select 6 credits of Cyber Electives from the following:6
Modern Software Development
Mobile Software Engineering
Mobile and Wireless Networks
Data-Driven Security (with department permission)
Dealing with Terrorism, Cybersecurity and Other Emerging Threats
Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Total Credits77

Certificate Requirements


Required Credits: 9

Required Courses

CSCI 403Defensive Network Security3
or CSCI 405 Principles of Cybersecurity
CSCI 404Ethical Hacking3
Select one course from the following:3
Introduction to UNIX
Defensive Network Security (if not used above)
Principles of Cybersecurity (if not used above)
Cybersecurity Law and Policy
Computer Crime and Forensics
Network Security
Foundations of the Digital Enterprise
Total Credits9