B.S. in Cybersecurity


The Cybersecurity program at Tarleton State University evolved from the Computer Science (CS) degree, with which it shares several courses, like Intro to CS, C and C++ Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Architecture, and Computer Networks. It has, however, many cyber-specific courses, such as:

  • Principles of Cybersecurity
  • Applied Cryptography, Number Theory
  • Python for Data Science, Machine Learning
  • Software Security, Network and Systems Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Cybersecurity Capstone

Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills they need in order to design innovative solutions that can impact the future of technology.  

Designed With You in Mind

Preparing you for your future is our number one priority. You will engage in hands-on application of a wide range of cybersecurity, math, and computer science concepts to create innovative, real-world solutions. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to build dependable and secure information systems and networks and to ensure the integrity and quality of information being stored, processed and transmitted. We provide a rigorous curriculum aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) standards. Our facilities and equipment are comparable to that of large institutions, providing you with access to standard industry tools and undergraduate research opportunities. Our institution is dedicated to student success, and as such, provide a variety of academic service including both faculty and peer-mentoring, supplemental instruction, math/science clinics, and tutoring.

Impact the World of Tomorrow

In today’s world of rapid change, innovations and advancements are continuously needed to strengthen the quality of life by making it safer, more enjoyable, and more productive. A Cybersecurity degree will open doors to exciting careers as a cybersecurity professional in a wide variety of industries. According to a recent report by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, a.k.a. (ISC)2, the industries that employ the most cybersecurity professionals are:

  • IT services (21%)
  • Financial services (10%)
  • Government (9%)
  • Healthcare (9%)
  • Education, Consulting and Retail/Wholesale (5% each).

This degree can also lead to graduate programs in both Computer Science and Computer Engineering, as well as related fields including Information Technology, Mathematics, and Criminal Justice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and virtually all job market reports are in agreement about cybersecurity jobs having one of the highest growth rates in the next decade.
According to the same (ISC)2 report, cybersecurity professionals make about U.S. $83,000 per year, on average, worldwide, with the average salary being highest in North America ($112,000). The pay gradient for seniority and experience is also substantial, with Millennial professionals early in their careers having an average salary of $67,000, Gen X respondents reporting $95,000, and those in the Baby Boomer generation reporting $112,000.


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

B.S. Computer Science  – with concentration in Cybersecurity

BS in Computer Information Systems

BS in Criminal Justice

Coursework Highlights

COSC2321C++ Programming
COSC3341Applied Cryptography
COSC/ELEN3443Computer Architecture
BCIS4342Ethical Hacking & Network Defense
CRIJ4353Global Cyber-Security
COSC4365Software Security
COSC4360Machine Learning
COSC4380Cybersecurity Capstone

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.