Defend against cybersecurity attacks
Bachelor of Science - Cyber Defense (120 credits minimum)
Prepare for high-demand jobs protecting organizations against cyber threats with the bachelor of science in cyber defense at Davenport University. What makes Davenport one of the best colleges for cybersecurity? We’re one of only 13 Michigan schools designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
You can earn a fully online cybersecurity degree through Davenport’s innovative Global Campus or take classes for your bachelor in cybersecurity in person at Davenport’s W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids. You can also take a blend of both on-campus and online cybersecurity courses.
Prepare for cybersecurity jobs through this degree in IT that is taught by industry experienced faculty with deep connections to the cyber community. Be considered for full-tuition scholarships, including the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) through the Department of Defense (DoD). The BS in cyber defense also qualifies for our Employment Guarantee.
What is a cybersecurity degree?
A bachelor in cybersecurity prepares you to prevent data breaches and cyberattacks, both internal and external, in a variety of settings and industries. Davenport’s cybersecurity training includes a robust business component too, so you’re able to fully understand how your technical actions impact the larger organization.
Explore classes for Davenport’s bachelor in cybersecurity
Gain a unique perspective in cybersecurity and apply digital forensic techniques to solve security issues through leading-edge computer security courses. You’ll build a strong business foundation with courses in management, professional ethics and more. You’ll take network security courses, such as database design and security foundations, as well as the latest computer security courses like Perl/Python scripting and Windows digital forensics. You’ll strengthen your degree in IT with one of two specialties: health care information and assurance or information security.
Foundations of Excellence
|ACES100 or OPEN||Achieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective||3|
|MATH120 or MATH125||College Mathematics or Intermediate Algebra||3|
|MATH135/150/215||College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus I||3-4|
|SOSC201||Diversity in Society||3|
|SOSC301||Global & World Diversity||3|
|STAT220||Introduction to Statistics||3|
Foundations of Business
|ACCT200 or ACCT201||Accounting Basics for Managers (recommended) or Accounting Foundations I||3-4|
Foundations of Cyber Defense
|BITS211||Microcomp Appl Spreadsheet||3|
|GPMT287||Principles of Project Mgmt||3|
|NETW101||PC Operating Systems||3|
|IAAS256||Windows Digital Forensics||3|
|IAAS481||Info Security and Assurance||3|
|IAAS490* or TECH489*||Information Assurance/Security Internship or Field Experience in Technology||3|
|IAAS492||Legal/Ethic Issue Info Assurnc||3|
|NETW141||MS Client and Server OS||3|
|NETW151 or NETW220||Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks||3|
|NETW217||UNIX Operating Systems||3|
|NETW235||UNIX/Linux Server Admin||3|
|NETW241||MS Implement Network Infrastr||3|
|TECH497||College of Technology Capstone||3|
Open Electives - Apply MATH125 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr) here if required. Recommended Electives:
Choose one of the following specialty areas:
Information Assurance Specialty [IASP]
|IAAS332||Authentication and Audits||3|
|NETW325||Wireless Networking & Security||3|
Health Care Information Assurance Specialty [HIAS]
|HINT350||Clinical Information Systems||3|
|HINT400||Management Information Systems||3|
|HLTH210||Health Care Orgnztns & Systems||3|
**Mathematics Minor (Optional)
|MATH205||Applied Linear Algebra||4|
Which class should I take? When should I take it?
See our Recommended Program Sequences:
Why Davenport University for your cybersecurity training?
With the bachelor in cybersecurity program at Davenport, you’ll test theories and enhance your learning with real-world, hands-on experiences that go far beyond the classroom. Intern with Davenport partners who are industry leaders in technology, including places like Spectrum Health and various local public school systems. You’ll learn the latest cybersecurity training techniques and tools through computer labs and simulated environments.
Experience the Davenport difference:
Preparation for industry exam
Take computer security courses aligned with industry exams, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Designated CAE-CDE program
Benefit from a cybersecurity school that’s met the stringent criteria needed to be designated a CAE-CDE program by the NSA and DHS.
Scholarships and guaranteed employment
Qualify for full-tuition NSF and DoD scholarships. This bachelor in cybersecurity also qualifies for our Employment Guarantee.
Online and on campus
Prepare for cybersecurity jobs through a bachelor in cybersecurity that is a fully online, on-campus, or hybrid program.
Experience a degree in IT with a 100% graduate satisfaction rate and a nearly 90% employment rate within 6 months of graduation.
Land cybersecurity jobs
Prepare for a range of cybersecurity jobs, such as a cybersecurity analyst, information security manager or cryptographer.
Get started on your bachelor in cybersecurity
Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree in cyber defense.