The concentration in cybersecurity adds additional real-world skills to ASU's BS in applied computing. Students in the cybersecurity concentration become grounded in computer science and add risk assessment, analytics and information security to their skill sets.
Become grounded in computer science and skilled in risk assessment, analytics and information security, then hone your critical thinking and problem-solving skills when you apply your cyber knowledge in industry and research settings.
The cybersecurity concentration prepares students for a continuing and progressive career in cybersecurity.
The innovative cybersecurity concentration builds upon the BS program in applied computing. Students acquire the technical knowledge to secure networks and applications, an understanding of cybersecurity governance models and risk management fundamentals, methods of communicating complex risk issues, and solutions for the challenges of implementing cybersecurity controls within various organizational models. Leadership, critical thinking and effective communication also are emphasized. Students gain experience with real-world cybersecurity organizations, protecting digital assets against compromise or theft.
Graduates of the applied computing program with a concentration in cybersecurity are well prepared for graduate study as well as entry-level employment with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions.
At A Glance
Applied Computing (Cybersecurity), BS
- Offered by: New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
- Location: West
- First Required Math Course: MAT 210 - Brief Calculus
- Math Intensity: Moderate
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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
This is an ideal degree for students interested in careers in cybersecurity. Opportunities are available both in the private sector and within governmental agencies (e.g., the FBI, Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense). Cybersecurity-focused positions include:
- chief information security officer
- cyber risk analyst
- information security engineer
- network security engineer
- security operations center analyst
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||6.1%||$81,100|
|Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary||8.1%||$78,630|
|Computer and Information Research Scientists||19.2%||$114,520|
|Computer Systems Analysts||9.1%||$88,270|
|Information Security Analysts||28.5%||$95,510|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||12%||$139,220|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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