Cybersecurity (BS) Program Overview

Chart your own path as a cybersecurity professional with a Bluefield University B.S. in Cybersecurity degree. You can seize your dream of helping to protect private information for individuals and companies. From learning the basics of information security to advanced skills like tracking down hackers, you will gain the skills necessary to enter the wide-open field of cybersecurity. In Bluefield’s cybersecurity program, students learn how to integrate a Christian perspective into their work in protecting personal data.

Help Protect the Future With a Degree In Cybersecurity

Your coursework builds skills in programming logic, network switching and routing, server administration, and network forensics. Along with fundamental technical skills, you will learn how to think critically about data and how to protect information from hackers who are trying to take advantage of individuals and businesses. Throughout your coursework, there is a focus on ethical decision-making, and the program culminates in an internship where you practice the cybersecurity skills you have learned in your courses.

With your degree, you will be able to provide leadership in the information technology field. Serving as a cybersecurity technician or manager, you can help protect vulnerable data from exploitation by creating robust security systems. The hands-on projects you complete in the program help you choose among a wide range of jobs available locally and nationally. Thousands of jobs are available in the cybersecurity field and the Bluefield University B.S. in Cybersecurity degree prepares you to work in small to large organizations.

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Tuition: $395 Per Credit Hour
On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: May 10, 2023 (Online)
Next Start: August 16, 2023 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 2-4 years*

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* Time to complete can be reduced with prior learning and transfer credits

Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (39-41 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Bluefield Core (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (6 Credits)
  • Composition (3 Credits)
  • Health & Physical Activity (3 Credits)
  • Humanities – Fine Arts, History, Literature (6 Credits)
  • Math/Natural Science (3-4 Credits)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
  • Degree-Specific Requirements (6-7 Credits)
    • B.A. Foreign Language or Cultural Understanding (6 Credits)
    • B.S. Math/Science Courses (6-7 Credits)
Major Requirements (36 Credits)

  • Information Systems Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Linux Fundamentals
  • Information Security Fundamentals
  • Network Switching & Routing
  • Windows Server Installation & Configuration
  • Digital Forensic Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Security Programming Logic
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems
  • Ethical Hacking & System Defense
  • Cybersecurity & IT Certification Preparation
Second Major/Minor/Electives (43-45 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Forensic Computer Analyst
Security Systems Administrator
Information Security Analyst
Data Security Analyst
Security Architect

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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