Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Certificates:Cyber Technologies
Department:Cybersecurity and Information Technology
Building 4, Room 223
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:11.1003
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120


The B.S. in Cybersecurity prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets and analysis of potential threats to system and networks. The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information and information systems, in local as well as more broadly based domains. The major helps prepare students for careers as information systems security professionals, senior system managers, and system administrators responsible for information systems and the security of those systems.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Cybersecurity must meet the requirements listed below.

A minimum grade of "C-" is required for all major and major-related courses with a cumulative major GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should consult with their academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the College-Level Communication and Computation, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the University Requirements section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

The following courses are recommended to complete General Education requirements:

Humanities/Contemporary Values
PHI 2603Ethics in Contemporary Society3
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
Natural Science
PHY 2048+LCalculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)4
CIS 2530Introduction to Cybersecurity3
Social Science: Socio-Political
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro3

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041 )
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041)

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website, SUS regulation BOG 8.006 and Florida Statute s.1007.25(4,a-b).

Mathematics Pathway

Students are advised to complete the following courses to fulfill the mathematics pathway that aligns with the mathematics skills needed for success in their program and their career goals. Students should refer to their academic advisor for questions about the math pathway for their program. For information about this requirement, refer to the catalog page for Mathematics PathwaysThese courses may also fulfill requirements for General Education and Common Prerequisites. 

Algebra through Calculus
Students will be placed on a starting point based on their mathematics placement.
MAC 1105College Algebra3
or MAC 1105C College Algebra with Lab
or MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra
or MAC 1114 Trigonometry
or MAC 1147 Precalculus with Trigonometry
or MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MAC 1140Precalculus Algebra3
or MAC 1114 Trigonometry
or MAC 1147 Precalculus with Trigonometry
or MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

COP XXXX Introductory programming in C, C++, Java, or equivalent language 3
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I *†4
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II *†4
PHY 2048+LCalculus-Based Physics I (+Lab) *†4
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *†3
One science course for science majors 3
Total Hours21

Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Minimum grade of "C-" is required for COP XXXX, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, PHY 2048/Lab, STA 2023, and the science course for science majors.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 semester hours (sh) in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.0-12
If not taken as a general education course, the following courses are recommended as lower-division electives:
ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro3
SPC 2608Public Speaking3


CAP 4136Malware Analysis +3
CDA 3101Introduction to Computer Organization +3
CEN 3031Software Engineering I +3
CEN 4078Secure Software Development +3
CIS 4368Introduction to Database Security +3
CIS 4221Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing +3
CIS 4595Capstone Project +3
CNT 4007Theory and Fundamentals of Networks +3
CNT 4403Computer and Network Security +3
CNT 4416Cyber War Gaming +3
COP 3014Algorithm and Program Design +3
COP 3022Intermediate Computer Programming +3
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms I +3
COP 4610Theory and Fundamentals of Operating Systems +3
COP 4710Database Systems +3
COT 3100Discrete Structures +3
CTS 4348Linux System Administration +3
Required Course Not Completed in Common Prerequisites
Introduction to Cybersecurity +
Total Hours51

Courses included in the major GPA.


Three 3000/4000 level advisor-approved electives including courses in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, management information systems, and criminal justice. A list of approved major-related courses is available in the department.9
Total Hours9

Cyber Technologies Certificate

This certificate program is focused on Cybersecurity and Information Technology professional knowledge. The Cyber Technologies Certificate prepares students for relevant and valued industry certifications. The certificate will help students learn the fundamentals that lead to specific industry skills. All prerequisites must be met to enroll in these courses.

Prospective students for this certificate must contact the departmental advisor for completing the certificate declaration before the drop/add period of the semester of completion. All courses must have been completed within 5 years of receipt of application with a grade of "C-" or higher. Cybersecurity majors may not earn this certificate.

Core Courses:

CTS 4121Information Technology Applications in CompTIA Security+3
CIS 4383Introduction to Cyber Investigations3
Advisor Approved Elective3
Total Hours9

Cybersecurity Certificate

This certificate program is focused on networking and security and prepares professionals to become Cybersecurity Specialists. In this certificate, students develop technical and problem-solving skills to help organizations defend their network systems. Students must complete prerequisites in computing and mathematics to prepare for the core technical courses in the program.

Prospective students for this certificate must contact the departmental advisor to complete the certificate declaration before the drop/add period of the semester of completion. All courses must have been completed within 5 years of receipt of application with a grade of "C-" or higher. Cybersecurity majors may not earn this certificate.


CDA 3101Introduction to Computer Organization3
COT 3100Discrete Structures3
CEN 3031Software Engineering I3
COP 2334Programming Using C++3
COP 3014Algorithm and Program Design3
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms I3
Total Hours18

Core Courses

COP 4610Theory and Fundamentals of Operating Systems3
or COP 4634 Systems & Networks I
CNT 4007Theory and Fundamentals of Networks3
or COP 4635 Systems & Networks II
COP 3022Intermediate Computer Programming3
CEN 4078Secure Software Development3
Choose one:3
Malware Analysis
Computer and Network Security
Introduction to Database Security
Total Hours15