May 28, 2022
About the Program
The Cybersecurity major is part of the Computer and Information Technology program. The Computer and Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
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.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (66 credits)
Computer and Information Technology Required Major Courses (60 credits)
Cybersecurity Selectives (6 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 credits)
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.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 1-18 Students must select courses from Computer Engineering Technology Supplemental Information .
- Students must earn a C- or better in all CNIT courses that are a prerequisite to another CNIT course
- 120 semester credits listed above are required for the Bachelor of Science degree
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
- 2.0 Graduation GPA in all CNIT courses required for Bachelor of Science degree
- ANY COURSE TAKEN AT PURDUE CAN BE ATTEMPTED NO MORE THAN THREE TIMES (INCLUSIVE OF W, WF, WN, I, and IF)
- Co-Curricular Requirements include the following:
- Professional IT Experience
- Globalization requirement
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