Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Cybersecurity (EYB)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 11.0103 (Track 1 of 4)

College of Engineering


Major Description

The Cybersecurity major focuses on technology, people, information, and processes to enable assured cyber operations in the context of adversaries. The major is built on a technical foundation of computing and information technology. Students in this major acquire a background in cybersecurity related to information, software, systems, users, and organizations including aspects of policy, human factors, risk management, ethics, and impact on society.

Mission Statement
In keeping with the mission of the College of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering strives for excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Specifically, the Department aspires to:

  1. Lead the advancement of computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and cybersecurity through internationally recognized research and education, as well as technology transfer.
  2. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Educate students in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research into the curriculum.
  4. Foster the development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the profession.
  5. Provide quality learning experiences through small classes, active learning styles of teaching, and opportunities for meaningful interactions between students and faculty.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has established the following program educational objectives for Cybersecurity graduates of the Department.

  1. Our Cybersecurity graduates will apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in their career and/or obtain an advanced degree.
  2. Our graduates will function ethically and responsibly, and will remain informed and involved as full participants in our profession and our society.
  3. Our graduates will successfully function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. Our graduates will apply principles and practices of cybersecurity to identify, implement, and maintain cost-effective technologies and apply fundamental computing knowledge to solve cybersecurity problems.

Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Cybersecurity Major
Students in good standing who have fully met the below admission requirements may declare a major in Cybersecurity. Prior to being admitted to the major, a student may be permitted to take no more than two Departmental courses.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Cybersecurity Major

  1. Completion of with a minimum acceptable grade for each of the courses is C (grades of C- are insufficient).
    • MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics
    • CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology
    • COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
    • COP 2513 Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology

      All students must complete the equivalent of USF Discrete Mathematics (MAD 2104), Introduction to Databases for Information Technology (CGS 1540), Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology (COP 2512), and Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology (COP 2513) with minimum grades of C in each course (grades of C- are insufficient). The minimum overall average GPA in these four courses required for admission to the Department is between 2.0 and 3.5 for any given year. The minimum acceptable average GPA will be posted on the Department's website one year prior to the Fall Semester that the revised GPA is applicable. The computed GPA is based on the best attempts in these courses.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  3. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

GPA and Grade Requirements
Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in state mandated prerequisite courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in specialization courses is a C-, expect as stated in the program
admissions and continuation requirements. Student must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Departmental Policies
In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the Department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising and/or mentoring of students.
  2. Exit interview and/or survey as a graduation requirement.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

The minimum acceptable grade in state mandated prerequisite courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient).

  • PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122
  • ECO X013 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  • CGS XXXX Any Database course
  • COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course
  • MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus course
  • PHY XXXX Any Physics course
  • XXX XXXX Any Discrete Math course
  • COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 0 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.


Total Major Hours: 99 Hours

Major Core Courses - 99 Hours

Math and Science (16 credit hours)

  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
  • MAC 1147 Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
  • PHY 2020 Conceptual Physics
  • MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics
  • General Education Natural Science Elective

Breadth (6 credit hours)

  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • ECO 2013 Economics Principles (Macroeconomics)

Basic Engineering (1 credit hours)

Specialization (49 credit hours)

  • CGS 1540 Introduction to Databases for Information Technology
  • CGS 3303 Information Technology Concepts
  • CIS 3213 Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • CIS 3615 Secure Software Development (USF Sarasota-Manatee course)
  • COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
  • COP 2513 Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 Advanced Program Design for Information Technology
  • CGS 3853 Web Systems for Information Technology
  • CNT 4104 Computer Information Networks for Information Technology
  • CNT 4104L Computer Information Networks Laboratory for Information Technology
  • CNT 4603 System Administration and Maintenance for Information Technology
  • COP 4538 Data Structures and Algorithms for Information Technology
  • COP 4703 Database Systems for Information Technology
  • CIS 3363 IT Systems Security
  • LIS 4414 Information Policy and Ethics (College of Arts & Sciences course)
  • CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology
  • ISM 4323 Information Security and IT Risk Management (Muma College of Business course)

Composition and Technical Writing (9 credit hours)


Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

College of Arts and Sciences – School of Information

  • CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security
  • CIS 3362 Cryptography and Information Security
  • LIS 4779 Health Information Security

College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Mathematics and Statistics

  • MAD 4471 Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory

Muma College of Business – Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences

College of Education – Department of Teaching and Learning

  • EDG 3801 Cybersecurity and the Everyday Citizen

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences – Department of Criminology

USFSM College of Business - Department of Information Technology

College of Engineering - Department of Electrical Engineering

  • Specific courses offered in by the Department of Electrical Engineering may be accepted as electives, with prior
    approval from the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

College of Engineering – Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • CIS 4361 Information Assurance and Security Management for IT
  • CIS 4365 Computer Security Policies and Disaster Preparedness
  • CNT 4403 Network Security and Firewalls

The Department website undergraduate section contains the most up-to-date list of Departmental Electives. These posted lists also describe the required pre-requisites for the electives. 

NOTE: Additional electives may be available with a Special Topics course number (e.g., COP 4931). Consult with the Department Undergraduate Advisor to learn more about available electives. Students may earn up to nine (9) hours of CIS 4947 Industry Internship for Information Technology credit, no more than 3 hours in any one given company.

Composition and Technical Writing (9 credit hours)

Research Opportunities

The Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students program in the USF College of Engineering offers undergraduate students an opportunity to directly participate in state-of-the-art research. Professors and graduate students serve as research partners and mentors as undergraduate research assistants participate in the scientific process and gain relevant experience.
There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Advising Information
Department Undergraduate Advisor: http://www.usf.edu/engineering/cse/undergraduate/contacts.aspx

Major Faculty

Chair: S. Sarkar; Distinguished Professors: L. Hall; Professors: K. Christensen, D. Goldgof, A. Iamnitchi,  R. Kasturi, M. Labrador, R. Perez, L. Piegl, S. Sarkar, A. Weitzenfeld; Associate Professors: S. Chellappan, A. Gaspar, A. Iamnitchi, S. Katkoori, J. Ligatti, X. Ou, Y. Sun, Y. Tu, H. Zheng; Assistant Professors: M. Andujar, S. Canavan, R. Karam, J. Licato, Y. Liu, M. Mozaffari Kermani, P. Rosen; Instructor II: S. Fang, P. Ventura, J. Wang; Intructor I: W. Hendrix, I. Hidalgo, H. Jeanty, V. Korzhova, S. Small, R. Tindell, Y. Zhang; Distinguished Professor Emeritus: A. Kandel, N. Ranganathan; Professors Emeritus: H. Glass, D. Rundus, M. Varanasi.

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