Balkis N. — Class of 2019

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Balkis N.
Class of 2019
Rico M.

Be a Leader in the Field of Cybersecurity

Gain in-demand skills and prepare for exciting career paths in the field of cybersecurity with the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. The need for cybersecurity expertise continues to grow, and this program will prepare you to seek entry into the field with confidence.

The BS in Cybersecurity program is taught by expert faculty with real-world experience so you can gain the competencies needed in the field. Four-week classes are designed to help you to fit school into your busy schedule, so you can complete your assignments around your work and personal responsibilities. Plus, you’ll gain the skills you need to be successful in the field as you complete one class at a time, one month at a time.

Once you complete the core cybersecurity classes, you’ll have the opportunity to take a four-class concentration in either Computer Network Defense or Digital Forensics. In the Computer Network Defense concentration, you’ll focus in on actions taken to defend against unauthorized activity within computer networks. In the Digital Forensics concentration, you’ll study the recovery and investigation of materials found in digital devices. A concentration can expand your knowledge in a given area and help make you more competitive in the job market.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of National University’s Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze a problem and design the cybersecurity measures appropriate to its solution
  • Apply concepts of best practices in cybersecurity management to enterprise processes
  • Describe the ethical challenges that confront a cybersecurity professional
  • Apply security control principles in the construction of cybersecurity solutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to securely administer a Windows and Linux system using security automation tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of operating systems, networks, and cloud computing

Our four-week classes and leading professors work with your schedule to get the most out of our BS in Cybersecurity program. You could be starting as soon as next month by reaching out today.

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With a bachelor’s degree from National University, you will be prepared to seek roles in the cybersecurity field such as:

  • Security analyst
  • Security engineer
  • Security architect
  • Security administrator
  • Forensic engineer
  • Penetration tester
  • Information systems security manager
  • Application security engineer
  • Vulnerability assessor

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in cybersecurity, read our post: Is a Cybersecurity Degree Worth It?

National University has developed academic pathways that build upon the coursework at various community colleges to help you reach your academic goals, so you can pick up on your bachelor’s degree studies right where you left off in your relevant associate degree program.

Learn more about National’s Cybersecurity Pathways and see what classes you may qualify to receive credit for, or reach out to speak to an admissions counselor about your specific community college’s cybersecurity program today.

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, students must complete at least 180 quarter units, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 81 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.


1 course; 4.5 quarter units
CYB 200 Introduction to Cybersecurity

Foundation Technologies

6 course; 27 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 202 Introduction to Networking
CYB 204 Operating System Fundamentals
CYB 206 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CYB 213 Data Fundamentals for Cybersec CYB 206
CYB 215 Fund of Virt and Cloud Comp CYB 202, CYB 204
CYB 216 Programming for Cybersecurity CYB 215

First Core Sequence

5 courses; 22.5 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 320 Tech Writing/Proj. Mgnt. for CYB
CYB 331 Secure Linux System Admin CYB 216
CYB 332 Secure Windows Administration
CYB 333 Security Automation CYB 331, CYB 332
CYB 340 Sys Sec Arch for Cybersec CYB 333

Second Core Sequence

6 courses; 27 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 420 Sec Audit and Assessments Recommended: prior completion of CYB 340. At least 13.5 units of the first core sequence must be completed before this course.
CYB 450 Cyber Threat Intelligence CYB 340
CYB 451 Incident Handling/Response CYB 340
CYB 452 Intro to Ethical Hacking CYB 340
CYB 453 Network Defense
CYB 454 Cybersec Planning and Policy CYB 340

Concentration in Computer Network Defense

4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 460 Operating System Security CYB 420 and completion of all core CYB classes before starting the concentration, CYB 450, CYB 451, CYB 452, CYB 453, CYB 454
CYB 461 Wireless and Mobile Security CYB 460
CYB 462 Cloud and Virtualization Sec CYB 460
CYB 463 Advanced Network Defense CYB 460

Concentration in Digital Forensics

4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 470 Intro to Digital Forensics CYB 420 and completion of all core CYB classes before starting the concentration, CYB 450, CYB 451, CYB 452, CYB 453, CYB 454
CYB 471 Operating Systems Forensics CYB 470
CYB 472 Network Forensics CYB 470
CYB 473 Mobile Device Forensics CYB 470


3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite(s)
CYB 499A Cybersecurity Project I Completion of Computer Network Defense Concentration
or completion of Digital Forensics Concentration
CYB 499B Cybersecurity Project II CYB 499A
CYB 499C Cybersecurity Project III CYB 499B

Prof. William Reid

Prof. William Reid

Academic Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

“This program provides in-depth coverage of the major focus areas within the cybersecurity discipline, along with hands-on practical labs where the student can apply the principles and skills learned through lecture and readings. The program is aimed to provide all students the ability to work on teams focused on protecting information assets of any size enterprise.”

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