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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Cybersecurity B.S.C.Y.S.

(CIP = 11.1003) (CYR) TRACK 3 OF 3

The Cybersecurity major focuses on technology, people, information, and processes to enable assured cyber operations in the context of adversaries. The program is built on a technical foundation of computing and information technology. Students in this program 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 effective classroom practices, active learning styles of teaching, and opportunities for meaningful interactions between students and faculty.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The Department has established the following program educational objectives for the Cybersecurity graduates.

Objective 1: Our graduates will apply their knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and/ or obtain an advanced degree.

Objective 2: Our graduates will function ethically and responsibly, and will remain informed and involved as full participants in our profession and society.

Objective 3: Our graduates will creatively solve problems, communicate effectively, and successfully function in multi-disciplinary teams.

Objective 4: Our graduates will develop and apply principles and practices of cybersecurity to protect computing equipment, data, process, and people from adversaries and exposure.

The following are the Student Outcomes. Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system.
  7. Analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Student Enrollment Data

Student enrollment data is posted on the Department website.

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).
  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 X012 Intro to Psychology - 3 credit hours
  • ECO X013 Macroeconomics - 3 credit hours
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122 - 3 credit hours
  • MAC X147 or (MAC X140 and MAC X114) - 3 credit hours
  • PHY 1000 - PHY 2999 Any Physics course - 3 credit hours
  • MAD X104 Discrete Math - 3 credit hours
  • CGS X540 or CGS X540C or CGS X545 or COP X710 Intro to Databases for Information Technology - 3-4 credit hours
  • COP X512 or COP X210 or COP X270 or COP X006 or COP X272C or COP X500 or COP X220 or COP X360 or COP X800 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology - 3-4 credit hours
  • COP X513 or COP X551C or COP X000 or COP X224 or COP X250 Object-Oriented Programming for Information Technology - 3 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 105

Major Core (87 Hours)

Math and Science (16 Credit Hours)

Basic Engineering (3 Credit Hours)

Composition and Technical Writing (9 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Note: 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. 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. A maximum of nine (9) hours combined of COP 4900  Independent Study and CIS 4947  Industry Internship for Information Technology are allowed as Department Elective credit, with no more than 3 hours in any one given company for CIS 4947  credit. 

College of Engineering – Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Courses are pending approval. Please see advisor for list of pending courses.

College of Arts and Sciences – School of Information

Muma College of Business – Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences

College of Education – Department of Teaching and Learning

USFSM College of Business

Industry Internship

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Engineering recommend that BSCYS students complete an industry internship. Students may earn up to nine credit hours, as elective, for CIS 4947  Industry Internship for IT, no more than three credit hours in any one given company. Internships for CIS 4947  must be in the area of Cybersecurity.

GPA Requirements

Students 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.

Grading Requirement

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all major required math, science, and engineering courses is a C or higher (C- in 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 admission and continuation requirements.

Residency Requirement

Transfer students must complete a minimum number of approved major core courses in the major at USF. The minimum number of USF major core credit hours required is established by the respective academic department. In no case will this be less than 18 hours. Basic engineering courses are not considered specialization courses. The University residency requirement must also be met.

A concurrent degree (dual degree) student must meet the requirements of each major and have a minimum of 18 approved specialization hours taken in the degree granting department beyond those specialization hours required for the first degree.

Other Requirements

Currently, a student pursuing the Cybersecurity major may not pursue a second major while simultaneously enrolled in the Cybersecurity undergraduate major.

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.

Advising Information

Department Undergraduate Advisor:

Cybersecurity Faculty

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

Plan of Study

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