Undergraduate degree: BS
About the Major
As our lives increasingly rely on cyberspace, the demand for securing cyberspace continues to grow. There is a substantial shortage of cybersecurity professionals in Oregon and nationwide. As a cybersecurity major, you will have the foundational knowledge and hands-on skills to become leaders in this crucial field. The curriculum for the major closely follows the guidelines and standards set by the National Security Agency (NSA) for cybersecurity education. This ensures that graduates possess a robust skill set and knowledge base that aligns with the latest developments in the field. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to tackle the evolving challenges of modern cybersecurity threats.
We invite students who are passionate about cybersecurity, eager to immerse themselves in experiential learning, and ready to contribute to the safety of cyberspace to explore this exciting new program. Together, we will shape the future of cybersecurity and cultivate a generation of professionals who are at the forefront of defending against ever-evolving cyber threats.
- Comprehensive and balanced coverage of cybersecurity: It is deeply rooted in computer science and offers core and depth courses in cybersecurity. Students in this program will learn essential knowledge and up-to-date techniques in cybersecurity, including those in the main areas of fundamental security concepts and principles, applied cryptography, program security, and system and network security.
- Experiential learning: We place a significant emphasis on experiential learning, offering students opportunities to engage in real-world scenarios, simulations, and practical exercises to navigate complex challenges.
- NSA definitions and outcomes: Our curriculum follows NSA definitions and learning outcomes of knowledge units in cybersecurity, a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education and training.
- Flexible pathways: Recognizing the diverse backgrounds and aspirations of our students, we offer flexible pathways within the program. Students can tailor their learning experience by selecting cybersecurity courses with different focuses such as network security and applied cryptography.
- Competency in network and systems security: Leveraging the existing competency of our Computer Science Department in network and systems security, students will gain comprehensive insights into securing complex network infrastructures and protecting vital systems from emerging cyber threats.
Individuals who study cybersecurity can pursue a wide range of rewarding and impactful careers across various industries working for companies like McAfee, CrowdStrike, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, FireEye, Rapid7, Ping Idenity, Duo Security, and Microsoft.