Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity students embrace our culture of trial and error to help improve the projects we work on. You enjoy finding the flaws in any system.
Cutting Edge Cybersecurity & Forensics Lab
At Wentworth, you'll refine those skills and then learn how to design and develop solutions that ensure no one else can exploit the flaws. Then you'll apply those skills and experience with the entire security process: from incident response and forensics to offensive and defensive security, to policy and management. Cybersecurity students have access to a brand new lab with all new equipment.
A Wealth of Job Opportunities
Cybersecurity is a growing field, with 500K jobs open in the United States currently. As a graduate of this program, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the broad field of Cybersecurity and will be ready for high-paying jobs across the industry.
Students have the opportunity to continue their hands-on learning in the Master's in Cybersecurity Analytics program at Wentworth.
The Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program is currently seeking accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For program objectives, outcomes and enrollment and degree data, please visit the Cybersecurity Accreditation Information page.
This program will become a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program learn how systems, devices, and networks operate and how to identify potential security vulnerabilities in those environments. Students will experience the entire security process from incident response and forensics to offensive and defensive security, to policy and management. Electives allow students to dive deeper into areas of cybersecurity that they are most interested in. Students also apply these skills directly in the work environment through two required co-op work semesters beginning junior year.
View the Course Catalog below for information about program requirements.
For an overview of the year-by-year experience in the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program, see "What You'll Learn" below.
Total credits for degree: 125
This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year. The courses are as follows:
Plan of Study Grid Freshman Year Fall Semester Credits COMP1000 COMPUTER SCIENCE I 4 COMP1100or COMP2100 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKSor NETWORK PROGRAMMING 4 MATH2300 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS 4 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester COMP1050 COMPUTER SCIENCE II 4 COMP2500 SECURITY PRINCIPLES 4 MATH1776 ACTIVE CALCULUS 1A 2 MATH1777 ACTIVE CALCULUS 1B 2 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Sophomore Year Fall Semester COMP1200or ELEC2275 COMPUTER ORGANIZATIONor DIGITAL LOGIC 4 COMP2000 DATA STRUCTURES 4 MGMT2560 CYBERSECURITY LAW AND POLICY 3 MATH1876 ACTIVE CALCULUS 2A 2 MATH1877 ACTIVE CALCULUS 2B 2 Credits 15 Spring Semester COMP2150 NETWORK ADMINISTRATION 4 COMP2350 ALGORITHMS 4 MATH2860 LINEAR ALGEBRA & MATRIX THEORY 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Summer Semester COOP3000 PRE CO-OP WORK TERM (OPTIONAL) Credits 0 Junior Year Fall Semester COMP3100 SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION 4 COMP3400 OPERATING SYSTEMS 4 COMP3500 NETWORK SECURITY 4 MATH/SCI Math or Science Elective 2 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester COOP3500 COOP EDUCATION 1 0 Credits 0 Summer Semester COMP3550 COMPUTER SECURITY 4 MATH2100 PROBABILITY & STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS 4 COMP Cryptography Elective 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Senior Year Fall Semester COOP4500 COOP EDUCATION 2 0 Credits 0 Spring Semester COMP4500 OFFENSIVE SECURITY 4 COMP Cybersecurity Elective 6 3 or 4 COMP Computer Science Elective 3 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 15-16 Summer Semester COMP4550 INCIDENT RESPONSE & BUSINESS CONTINUITY 4 COMP5500 SENIOR PROJECT 4 COMP Cybersecurity Elective 6 3-4 MATH/SCI Math or Science Elective 2 4 Credits 15-16 Total Credits 125-127
Students must take two math or science electives total. Of these, at least one must be a 3-2-4 science elective with the exception of PHYS1000, and PHYS1500. Math electives include any Applied Math minor course.
Cybersecurity students take a total of four computer science electives: two cybersecurity electives, one cryptography elective and one computer science.
Students are required to complete:
- At least one course in Humanities: HSSI, HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL
- At least one course in the Social Sciences: HSSI, COMM, ECON, POLS, PSYC and SOCL
- The remaining course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category.
Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.
A minimum of 20 credits total, including English, humanities, and social science credit, is required to complete the humanities and social sciences graduation requirement.
Of the three listed humanities and social science electives BSCY students must include a Directed Elective:
- An Ethics elective
The Cryptography Electives: select one course from following list
Course List Course Title Credits COMP3590 APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY 4 MATH2425 CRYPTOLOGY 4
Cybersecurity Electives: select two courses from the following list
Course List Course Title Credits COMP3575 SCRIPTING FOR CYBERSECURITY AND FORENSICS 4 COMP3580 DIGITAL FORENSICS 4 COMP3590 APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY 4 COMP3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPUTER NETWORKING OR COMPUTER SCIENCE (require School approval to satisfy Cybersecurity Elective) 4 COMP4580 NETWORK FORENSICS 4 COMP4590 PUBLIC KEY CRYPTOGRAPHY 4 ELEC3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRONICS (require School approval to satisfy Cybersecurity Electives) ELEC4025 HARDWARE SECURITY 3 MATH2425 CRYPTOLOGY 4 MATH3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS (require School approval to satisfy Cybersecurity Electives)
Computer Science Electives: select one course from the following list
Course List Course Title Credits COMP1150 ROUTING AND SWITCHING 4 COMP2160 WIRELESS NETWORKS 4 COMP2650 DATABASES 4 COMP3125 DATA SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS 4 COMP3200 ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE 4 COMP3350 PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES 4 COMP3450 PARALLEL COMPUTING AND DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING 4 COMP3660 MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT 4 COMP3750 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS 4 COMP4050 MACHINE LEARNING 4 COMP3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPUTER NETWORKING OR COMPUTER SCIENCE (require School approval to satisfy Computing Elective) 4 COMP4150 ADVANCED SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION 4 COMP4450 SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING 4 COMP4950 PROJECT MANAGEMENT 4 COMP4960 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 4 COMP5050 MODERN COMPUTING 4 COMP5750 EMBEDDED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 4 COMP5775 ADVANCED PARALLEL COMPUTING 4
What You’ll Learn
You’ll establish a foundation for your Cybersecurity program by taking Computer Science I & II, Security Principles and Discrete Mathematics. These courses will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding to practical cybersecurity concepts that you’ll apply in the rest of your program.
Second-year cybersecurity students expand their knowledge with computer science courses in Data Structures and Algorithms, as well as tackling Cybersecurity Law & Policy. You’ll bolster this knowledge with additional math courses in Calculus and Linear Algebra.
An optional pre co-op work term is available to students during the summer semester.
In the fall and summer semesters of your third year, you’ll start to focus on Operating Systems and System Administration while diving further into both Networking Security and Computer Security. You’ll also have the opportunity supplement your core program courses with an elective in your desired area of study.
In the spring, you’ll begin the first of two required co-ops.
In the fall, you’ll go on your second required co-op to gain more hands-on industry experience.
The remainder of your program allows you to round out your cybersecurity knowledge through advanced courses like Offensive Security, which delves into proactive measures that cybersecurity experts can take to stop intruders, as well as several electives. You’ll work on your senior project in your final semester.