Bachelor of Professional Studies with a Major in Cybersecurity

The Bachelor of Professional Studies with a major in cybersecurity program is intended for students with associate’s or non-technical bachelor’s degrees who are looking for entry-level positions and advancement in the field of cybersecurity. The program consists of a core curriculum and two concentrations that focus on protection and defense of computer networks and cyber attacks and cyber threats analysis. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to understand and implement cybersecurity requirements, protect and effectively defend computer networks against malicious activities, and correct computer network vulnerabilities through penetration testing and hacking techniques.

The core curriculum of this bachelor’s degree program includes courses related primarily to specialty areas identified by NICE. The course work in program subject areas culminates in a practicum that  focuses on preparing students to obtain professional certification combined with practical exercises in the computer lab.

Students completing this program will have satisfied GW's university-wide general education requirement, which includes 22 credits in the following areas:

  1. Mathematics or statistics  ( 3 credits)
  2. Natural or physical science with lab ( 4 credits)
  3. Humanities ( 3 credits)
  4. Social and behavioral sciences ( 6 credits)
  5. Written communication or composition ( 6 credits)

In addition, students take a minimum of 60 credits at GW, including 24 credits in foundational courses and 36 credits in subject area courses.

Foundational
PSCS 2101Writing and Communication in a Technical Field
PSCS 2102Fundamentals of Information Technology and Computing
PSCS 2103Ethics in the Age of Technology
PSCS 4110Data Communication and Networking Technologies
PSCS 4120Introduction to Cybersecurity
PSCS 4190Capstone Project
Protection and Defense of Computer Networks
PSCS 4101Introduction to Protection Technologies
PSCS 4102Intrusion Detection and Vulnerability Management
PSCS 4103Securing Operating Systems
PSCS 4104Securing Network Devices
PSCS 4105Cyber Defense Techniques Practicum
Cyber Attacks and Cyber Threats Analysis
PSCS 4201
PSCS 4202Cyber Attack Tools and Techniques
PSCS 4203Analysis of the Intelligence Cycle
PSCS 4204Computer Network Attack and Exploitation
PSCS 4205Practicum: Cyber Attack Techniques