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Bachelor of Science

Protecting valuable data and critical infrastructure assets has become a significant problem for companies and government agencies in South Carolina and throughout the U.S. A significant problem for these employers is the lack of personnel with cybersecurity training. Winthrop University's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree (CYBR) draws on the university's existing strength in Computer Science and its values of Service, Excellence, Diversity, Community, and Leadership. The CYBR degree addresses pressing cybersecurity needs by providing students with specialized knowledge in forensics, ethical hacking, enterprise security, and more. Students gain hands-on experience with these concepts and prepare to actively contribute to ensuring the successful security posture of computing systems.


Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

Winthrop and the computing faculty in particular are fanatical about student success and ensuring that students have the skills they need to succeed outside the classroom. The cybersecurity program is exciting because it is becoming every more evident why it is important for us to pay attention to. The colonial pipeline ransomware attack in May 21 put it on everyones radar as the president declared a state of emergency, gas stations up and down the east coast ran out of gas, and even our own Charlotte Douglas International Airport had to adjust flight schedules due to hack.

    General Education           Semester Hours

    General Education                                        Class
    ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy             1

    Shared Skills and Proficiencies Writing and Critical Thinking

    WRIT 101



    HMXP 102

    Human Experience


    CRTW 201

    Critical Reading. Thinking & Writing


       Oral Communication

    Met in major with CSCI 327



    Met in major with CSCI 207 and 327


       Intensive Writing

    Met in major


       Constitution Requirement

    See approved list; may be met with other requirement     0-3     0-3

       Physical Activity

    See approved list


    Thinking Critically Across Disiplines
    Global Perspectives See approved list 3
    Historical Perspectives See approved list 3
    Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives
    Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators 6
    Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators 6
    Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses)
    Quantitative Skills Met in major with MATH 105 or 201 and QMTH 205 0
    Natural Science See approved list; must include a lab science 3-4
      Subtotal 32-36

    Requirements for the Major


    ACCT 280

    Introduction to Financial Accounting


    ACCT 281

    Introduction to Managerial Accounting


    ACCT 521

    Fraud and Forensics


    CSCI 101B

    Using Microsoft Excel


    CSCI 207 & 208

    Intro to Computer Science I & II


    CSCI 210

    Programming Tools


    CSCI 224

    Foundations and Principles of Cybersecurity


    CSCI 243

    Web Programming


    CSCI 271

    Algorithm Analysis and Data Strc


    CSCI 311

    Computer Architecture and Org


    CSCI 324

    Enterprise System Administration and Security


    CSCI 327

    Social Implications of Computing


    CSCI 355

    Database Processing


    CSCI 411 

    Operating Systems


    CSCI 421

    Cyber Forensics


    CSCI 424

    Ethical Hacking


    CSCI 453

    Special Topics in Cybersecurity


    CSCI 466

    Networking Processing


    CSCI 469

    Cloud Computing


    MATH 105 or 201

    Applied Calculus, Calculus I


    MATH 261

    Foundations of Discrete Math


    QMTH 205

    Quantitative Methods in Business



    14.5 - 19.5

      Total 120

Chemistry Pride Points


Beyond Graduation

Graduates from the BS in Cybersecurity degree will be qualified for many careers, including
• security administrator
• information security engineer
• incident responder
• security auditor
• penetration tester
• vulnerability analyst

There is a shortage of information security talent in both industry and government. In, 2017 IT-oLogy in cooperation with the SC Coordinating Council on Workforce Development, and the SC Department of Commerce issued a report on the state of South Carolina's IT workforce challenges and opportunities. In it they discuss the major concerns related to the supply of workers for the field. In the cybersecurity field alone they point to a Forbes statistic of over 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs nationwide and a Cisco statistic puts it at 1M globally. The output of this survey, which included 117 SC companies, identified several gaps, including the:
• a limited supply of candidates in IT,
• lack of enough students currently in training,
• lack of diversity, and
• the demand for cybersecurity accelerating at a rate three times the rate of other IT jobs.

These jobs are well paid. A 2019 workforce study by the SC Chamber of Commerce found an average salary of $97,760/year for Other Information Services within the Business & IT Services sector. It also showed a projected 10 year growth of 48.4%. 

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