The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Science

Cyber Security is the study of science, technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect computers, networks, smart devices, software programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. Our Cyber Security degree is a collaborative inter-disciplinary degree which follows a holistic approach that integrates technical, legal, business, and policy skills by using existing computer science courses with support courses from Business, Information Systems and Criminal Justice. The degree leverages the social, risk analysis, and business aspects of other disciplines. Admitted students to the University are expected to complete Mathematics courses up to Precalculus to start taking cyber security related courses.

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

010 Communication - 6 hours

ENGL 1301Rhetoric and Composition I

3

ENGL 1302Rhetoric And Composition II

3

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

MATH 2412 is given three credit hours for the lecture componen.

030 Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours

Choose any two courses:
ASTR 1401Introduction to Astronomy I

4

ASTR 1402Introduction to Astronomy II

4

BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

BIOL 1407General Biology II

4

CHEM 1309Chemistry for Engineers

3

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

ENVR 1401Introduction to Environmental Science I

4

ENVR 1402Introduction to Environmental Science II

4

GEOL 1403Physical Geology

4

GEOL 1404Historical Geology

4

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

PSCI 1421Physical Science I

4

PSCI 1422Physical Science II

4

Lab hours beyond the 6 lecture hours taken may be counted towards 090 Integrative and Experiential Learning.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture - 3 hours

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

 Any listed course under this category except PHIL

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

COMM 1315Public Speaking

3

Choose an additional 1-hour course from this category except PHIL 2326 to complete 6 hours
 

Major Requirements - 71 hours

Required Courses - 43 hours

Cybersecurity Core:

CSCI 1101Introduction to Computer Science

1

CSCI 1170Computer Science I Laboratory for Majors

1

CSCI 1370Computer Science I for Majors

3

CSCI 2322Foundations of Systems

3

CSCI 2344Programming in Unix/ Linux Environment

3

CSCI 2380Computer Science II

3

CSCI 3340Software Engineering I

3

CSCI 3343Intrusion Detection, Incident Response and Information Assurance

3

CSCI 3346Distributed and Cloud Computing Security

3

CSCI 3345Operating Systems and Security

3

CSCI 4347Wireless and Mobile Security

3

CSCI 4318Cyber Security

3

CSCI 4319Digital Forensics

3

CSCI 4345Computer Networks

3

CSCI 4365Computer and Network Security

3

Complete 2 hours from the CSCI 3101 repeatable course

CSCI 3101Cybersecurity Certification

1

Prescribed Electives - 9 hours

Choose from:
CSCI 3341Software Engineering II

3

CSCI 3342Internet Programming

3

CSCI 4333Database Design and Implementation

3

CSCI 4341Topics in Computer Science

3

INFS 3380Global Information Technology

3

INFS 4391Information Security

3

INFS 4397Health Computer Information Systems

3

CSCI 4341 requires departmental approval for enrollment. Students will not be allowed to enroll in CSCI 4341 when it is a language course such as Python. Some advanced level prescribed electives may require consent of instructor to enroll. Students should seek assistance from the Department of Computer of Science for assistance as needed.

Support Courses - 19 hours

BLAW 3337Business Law I

3

COMM 3313Business and Technical Communication

3

CRIJ 1301Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

3

CRIJ 3316Criminal Evidence and Proof

3

INFS 3308Business Information Infrastructure

3

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

STAT 2334Applied Statistics for Health

3

Some advanced level support courses may require consent of instructor to enroll. Students should seek assistance from the Department of Computer of Science for assistance as needed. 

MATH 2412 is given one credit hour to the Support Courses section for the lecture component. 

Free Electives - 7 hours

 Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120