Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Cybersecurity, BS

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About the Program

Keeping data secure is an important goal of any good IT system. Once a system has been breached, personal, financial or classified data becomes vulnerable to exploitation. When you major in cybersecurity at Purdue University, you will learn the skills to create and maintain secure networks as well as ways to track down hackers who aim to breach that security.

The demand for professionals with cybersecurity skills is high, and it will continue to grow as more companies and industries work to safeguard their records and their reputations. The cybersecurity plan of study at Purdue will be able to help meet this need by providing a comprehensive IT education that also emphasizes key security concepts. The major’s holistic approach combines skills such as secure coding, cryptography, digital forensics and UNIX fundamentals with analytical thinking and criminology.

You will have plenty of opportunity for hands-on projects. Whether you are testing vulnerabilities or creating a new security protocol, you will put theories into practice daily. Because of industry partnerships, you will have access to internships that will put your cybersecurity knowledge to use quickly.

Cybersecurity Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (66 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 credits)

CIT Supplemental Information

CIT Supplemental Information for Cybersecurity  

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

14 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

15 Credits


*Fulfills University Core

Students must earn a C- or better in all CNIT courses that are a prerequisite to another CNIT course

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree

2.0 Graduation GPA in all CNIT courses required for Bachelor of Science degree


Courses with the ♦ are essential for the CIT degree critical path to graduation

Co-Curricular Requirements include the following:

  • Professional IT Experience
  • Globalization requirement

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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