Applied Computing (Cybersecurity), BS

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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.

The cybersecurity concentration is designed to prepare 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.

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Applied Computing (Cybersecurity), BS

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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Career outlook

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

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Network and Computer Systems Administrators6.1%$81,100
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary8.1%$78,630
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.2%$114,520
Computer Systems Analysts9.1%$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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