2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Cybersecurity, B.S.

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The field of Cybersecurity is concerned with protecting computers, networks, programs, data or personal information from unauthorized access, theft, or destruction. Professional careers in cybersecurity are evolving rapidly as new risks and threats to information and information networks emerge. The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is high and is projected to continue growing as more companies and industries work to safeguard their information assets and computer networks.


The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to protect critical information and cyber assets through cyber prevention, detection, recovery methods, and forensics techniques. The major's holistic approach combines fundamental skills in computer science with cybersecurity skills such as network defense, systems security, digital forensics, and penetration testing, with analytical thinking. This degree prepares its graduates for jobs in information and network security in all types of industries. Upon completion, graduates of our BS in Cybersecurity will be able to evaluate computer networks and information security needs of an organization, assess cybersecurity risk, develop management policies, measure the performance of security systems, and maintain an enterprise-level information security system. This degree program will equip our graduates with the latest skills and techniques needed to provide businesses with real-time security solutions and develop organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies.

Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120

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