Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. (University College)

Program Code: CAOUC_BS

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers as cybersecurity professionals. It educates students on the essential concepts of cyber-defense and the analytical fundamentals of cybersecurity, with a focus on the analytical and risk management underpinnings and associated cyber-defense techniques and strategies for ensuring the safety of online information stored in large and heterogeneous networks that are embedded within and across the complex socio-technical infrastructures that are pervasive in today's business, government and military organizations. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to critically assess and respond to modern information security threats, using approaches that are grounded in a holistic understanding of adversarial strategies and effective responses. More specifically, it will offer an in-depth and domain-independent approach to the development of skills in cyberdefense technologies, tools and processes; cybersecurity analytics and visualization; and cybersecurity risk analysis and management. The major draws from concepts and skills associated with a number of disciplines, including information science, management science, statistics and data science, human behavior, and law/policy. Graduates will be prepared to join the rapidly growing cybersecurity workforce deployed across organizations of diverse sizes and missions.

What is Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations?

Cybersecurity is a field that deals with the protection of computer systems, networks, programs, and data from attacks and unauthorized access. This includes the development of cyber defense tools to protect critical infrastructure as well as the analysis and mitigation of cyber threats.

Cybersecurity is a very broad field. This program focuses students beyond the information technology field and instead focuses on the analysis of cybersecurity data, identification of cyber incidents, understanding the actions of malware, communication of concerns to business  stakeholders and the general public. High performing cyber analysts have a strong mathematical and computational background. They often employ computer programming and scripting to solve problems and integrate existing tools. They analyze the data they are presented with from intrusion detection sensors, firewalls, and anti-malware tools.

Cybersecurity professionals apply their skills for organizations to prevent cyber criminals, hacktivists, and persistent nation-state actors. They protect organizations, companies, healthcare institutions, and government agencies from the loss of confidential data. They keep abreast of new developments technically, as well as those in the work domain of the organization and events that occur in the world at large.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CYBERSECURITY ANALYTICS AND OPERATIONS

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You enjoy working with and on computers as well as their operating systems and applications.
  • You have an interest in business and organizations and securing
  • You want to protect digital information, data stores, and computer networks from threats.
  • You want to learn the cyber defense strategies used to anticipate, recognize, and defend against computer attacks.
  • You're passionate about how we can keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers, cybercriminals, and terrorist organizations.
  • You enjoy working on a team to solve technical problems for organizations.
  • You are interested in computer programming and mathematics.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHY STUDENTS CHOOSE TO STUDY CYBERSECURITY ANALYTICS AND OPERATIONS

Entrance to Major

To be eligible for the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations major, students must:

  1. Have completed the following entrance-to-major requirements with a grade of C or better in each: CYBER 100 or CYBER 100S, IST 210, IST 220, IST 242 or CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132, and STAT 200 or SCM 200.
  2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 prior to and through the end of the semester during which the entrance to major is requested.

Degree Requirements

For the B.S. degree in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, a minimum of 123 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 3
Requirements for the Major 87

12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of GS courses, 3 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CYBER 262Cyber-Defense Studio3
CYBER 342WCyber Incident Handling and Response3
CYBER 362Cybersecurity Analytics Studio3
CYBER 366Malware Analytics3
CYBER 440Cybersecurity Capstone3
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
IST 230Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics3
IST 432Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology3
IST 451Network Security3
IST 454Computer and Cyber Forensics3
IST 456Information Security Management3
IST 495Internship1
SRA 111Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis Keystone/General Education Course3
SRA 211Threat of Terrorism and Crime3
SRA 221Overview of Information Security3
SRA 231Decision Theory and Analysis3
SRA 311Risk Analysis in a Security Context3
SRA 365Statistics for Security and Risk Analysis3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CYBER 100Computer Systems Literacy3
or CYBER 100S Computer Systems Literacy
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
or SCM 200 Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming and Computation I: Fundamentals
Introduction to Application Development
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Programming
Programming and Computation II: Data Structures
Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
Select one of the following:3
Programming for the Web
Application Development Design Studio I
Application Development Design Studio II
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits from one of the Application Focus course lists. At least 3 credits must be at the 400-level. Students may also complete a custom Application Focus sequence with approval from an academic adviser and a CYBER undergraduate program coordinator.9

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Beaver

Carey McDougall
Director of Academic Affairs
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3939
cem33@psu.edu

Brandywine

Andy Landmesser
Assistant Teaching Professor of IST
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1410
jal620@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Galen Grimes
Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
213E Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9143
gag5@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley

Kermit Burley
Coordinator of Information Sciences and Technology
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5071
kmb6846@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Brian Gardner
Program Coordinator
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6076
bkg113@psu.edu

Shenango

Matthew DeMaria
Lecturer
147 Shenango Ave.
315D Sharon Hall
Sharon, PA 16148
724-983-2810
msd5532@psu.edu

York

William Cantor
Assistant Teaching Professor in IST
226 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4143
wpc2@psu.edu

Abington

Joseph Oakes
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-633-3316
jxo19@psu.edu

Altoona

David Barnes
Associate Professor of Teaching
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5275
drb21@psu.edu

Berks

Tricia Clark
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Gaige 211
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6349
tkc3@psu.edu

Harrisburg

Andrew B. Morrow
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building, E355
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6160
abm140@psu.edu

University Park

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947
advising@ist.psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Beaver Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
CYBER 100S*#3IST 220*#3 
IST 140*#1,23IST 242*#13 
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3SRA 221*3 
MATH 110 (GQ)*2,34Application Focus Selection 1 (GS)4,53 
SRA 111*3Natural Sciences (GN)63 
 16 15 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 230*23IST 210*#3 
IST 261*3STAT 200 (GQ)*#4 
CYBER 262*3SRA 211*3 
Application Focus Selection 253General Education Selection (GA/GH)43 
CAS 100A (GWS)3Natural Sciences (GN)63 
 15 16 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
General Education Selection (GA/GH)43SRA 365*3IST 49571-3
SRA 231*3ENGL 202C or 202D (GWS)3 
CYBER 366*3IST 454*3 
IST 451*3CYBER 362*3 
Application Focus Selection 353SRA 311*3 
Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5  
 16.5 15 1-3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 456*3CYBER 440 (GWS)*3 
SRA 472*3IST 432*3 
CYBER 342W*3Elective or Application Focus Selection 5 to complete minors3 
General Education Selection (GA/GH)43General Education Selection (GA/GH)43 
Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5Natural Sciences (GN)3 
Application Focus Selection 453  
 16.5 15 
Total Credits 126-128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Students should consult with an adviser when scheduling courses.
  • See Adviser for Internship Preparation (CNED 280) – recommended elective; offered every semester.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Brandywine Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CYBER 100*#3IST 220*#3IST 49581
IST 111S (FYE)1IST 242*#13 
IST 140*#1,23SRA 221*3 
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3Application Focus Selection 1 (GS)4,53 
MATH 110 (GQ)*2,34Natural Sciences (GN)63 
SRA 111*3CNED 28071 
 17 16 1
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IST 230*23IST 210*#3IST 49581
IST 261*3STAT 200 (GQ)*#4 
CYBER 262*3SRA 211*3 
Application Focus Selection 253General Education Selection (GA/GH)43 
CAS 100A (GWS)3Natural Sciences (GN)63 
DS 120 (Recommended)1  
 16 16 1
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
General Education Selection (GA/GH)43SRA 365*3IST 49581
ENGL 202C or 202D (GWS)3IST 454*3 
SRA 231*3CYBER 362*3 
IST 451*3CYBER 366*3 
Application Focus Selection 353SRA 311*3 
Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5  
 16.5 15 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 432*3CYBER 440 (GWS)*3 
IST 456*3SRA 472 (or Elective)*3 
CYBER 342W*3Elective or Application Focus Selection 5 to complete minors3 
General Education Selection (GA/GH)43General Education Selection (GA/GH)43 
Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5Natural Sciences (GN)3 
Application Focus Selection 453  
 16.5 15 
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Students should consult with an adviser when scheduling courses.

Application Focus Lists

Students pick one of the four tracks below. Students should take one course that meets the GS requirements. Students must pick six (6) credits at the 400 level. All 12 credits must be in the same application focus area.

Business (Minor)
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
IST 432Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology (Required for CYAOP major)3
One (1) three credit 400-level business course from the following disciplines: 13
Accounting
Business Administration
Business Law
Energy Business and Finance
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Financial Services
Health Policy and Administration
International Business
Management Information Systems
Management
Risk Management
Supply Chain Management
Statistics
Computer Science (Minor)

Requires planning and decision during NSO to schedule CMPSC required courses.

MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course (Course Substitute for MATH 110) 14
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course (Course Substitute for IST 140) 23
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
CMPSC 221Object Oriented Programming with Web-Based Applications3
CMPSC 360Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science3
CMPSC 462Data Structures3
or CMPSC 465 Data Structures and Algorithms
Two (2) additional CMPSC courses for six more credits of 400-level work in computer science6
Peace and Conflict (Minor)
PLSC 14International Relations Keystone/General Education Course3
PLSC 291Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
PLSC 491Peace and Conflict Studies Seminar3
SRA 211Threat of Terrorism and Crime (Required for CYAOP Major)3
Two (2) additional 400-level courses from approved list (e.g., CAS 404; COMM 458)6
Health Policy and Administration (via DLC from consortium)
HPA 101Introduction to Health Services Organization3
HPA 332Health Systems Management3
HPA 470Health Care Information Management3
BBH 440Principles of Epidemiology3
Custom

Custom 4-course application focus provides coherent sequence in Cybersecurity context for student in terms of three credits of GS coursework and must contain six credits of 400-level coursework.

Examples are student taking courses to receive Homeland Security minor, Criminal Justice minor, Cybersecurity Computational Foundations minor (variant of Computer Science minor), or Crime, Law, and Psychology minor.

Requires completion and submission of Custom 4-Course Focus Approval Form.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Greater Allegheny Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 100S (FYS)*#3IST 220*#3
IST 140*#3IST 242*#3
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3SRA 221*3
MATH 110*‡4Application Focus Selection 1 (GS/GHW)3
SRA 111*†3General Education Selection3
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 230*3IST 210*#3
IST 261*3SRA 211*3
CYBER 262*3STAT 200*‡#4
CAS 100A (GWS)3ENGL 202C or 202D3
General Education Selection3General Education Selection3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Selection3CYBER 342W*3
CYBER 362*3CYBER 366*3
SRA 231*3SRA 311*3
SRA 365*3Application Focus Selection 33
Application Focus Selection 23General Education Selection3
General Education Selection1.5 
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 456*3CYBER 440*3
SRA 472*3IST 432*3
IST 451*3IST 454*3
General Education Selection3Application Focus Selection 43
General Education Selection1.5Elective2
Elective3IST 495*1
 16.5 15
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • CYBER, IST, and SRA courses have enforced prerequisites
  • 1 credit of IST 495 IST Internship is required

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Lehigh Valley Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 140*#3SRA 221*3
SRA 1113IST 220*#3
CYBER 100S*#3Application Focus Selection 13
MATH 110‡†4General Education Selection3
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)‡†3IST 242*#3
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 230*3IST 210*#3
IST 261*3SRA 211*3
CYBER 262*3STAT 200‡#†4
CAS 100A‡†3ENGL 202C or 202D‡†3
General Education Selection3General Education Selection3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 362*3CYBER 342W*3
SRA 231*3CYBER 366*3
SRA 365*3SRA 311*3
General Education Selection3Application Focus Selection 33
General Education Selection1.5General Education Selection3
Application Focus Selection 23 
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 456*3CYBER 440*3
SRA 472*3IST 432*3
IST 451*3IST 454*3
General Education Selection3Application Focus Selection 43
General Education Selection1.5Elective2
Elective3IST 4951
 16.5 15
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Schuylkill Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 100*#13IST 220*#3
IST 140*#3IST 242*#23
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 110 or 140*‡34
SRA 111 (GS)*†3SRA 221*3
PSU 8 (FYS)2General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 230*3IST 210*#3
IST 261*43SRA 211*3
CYBER 262*3STAT 200 (GQ)*‡#54
CAS 1003ENGL 202C or 202D3
Application Focus Selection 1 (GS/GHW)63General Education Course3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3CYBER 342W*3
CYBER 362*3CYBER 366*3
SRA 231*3SRA 311*3
SRA 365*3General Education Course3
Application Focus Selection 263General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 456*3CYBER 440*3
IST 451*3IST 432*3
Application Focus Selection 363IST 454*3
General Education Course3Application Focus Selection or Elective63
Elective3Elective3
 IST 495*71
 15 16
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at Shenango Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 100 or 100S*#3IST 210*#3
IST 140*#3IST 220#3
CAS 1003SRA 111*3
MATH 110*‡4ENGL 15 or 30H3
General Education Course3Application Focus Selection 1 (GS/GHW)3
PSU 81 
 17 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 262*3IST 261*3
IST 242*#3SRA 211*3
STAT 200*‡#4SRA 221*3
General Education Course3IST 230*3
Application Focus Selection 23General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 362*3CYBER 342W*3
IST 451*3IST 454*3
SRA 231*3SRA 311*3
SRA 365*3CYBER 366*3
Application Focus Selection 33ENGL 202C or 202D3
General Education Course3IST 495*11
 18 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 456*3CYBER 440*3
SRA 472*3Application Focus Selection 43
IST 432*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective or US Cultures (US) or International Cultures (IL)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes:

IST 495 (1-credit internship) can be taken in any semester during the third and fourth year, including Summer, but must be completed before or during the 8th semester. Students may enroll in IST 495 up to 3 times in 3 different semesters (3 different internships). See your adviser for more guidance.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, B.S. at York Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 100S (FYS)*#3IST 210*#3
IST 140*#3IST 220*#3
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3IST 242*#3
MATH 110 (GQ)*‡4Application Focus Selection 1 (GS/GHW)3
SRA 111 (GS)*†3General Education Selection3
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SRA 211*3IST 230*3
SRA 221*3IST 261*13
CYBER 262*3STAT 200 (GQ)*‡#4
CAS 100A (GWS)3ENGL 202C or 202D (GWS)3
General Education Selection3General Education Selection3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CYBER 362*3CYBER 342W*3
SRA 231*3CYBER 366*3
SRA 365*3SRA 311*3
Application Focus Selection 23Application Focus Selection 33
General Education Selection3General Education Selection3
General Education Selection1.5 
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IST 456*3CYBER 440*23
SRA 472*3IST 432*3
IST 451*3IST 454*3
General Education Selection3Application Focus Selection 43
General Education Selection1.5Elective2
Elective3IST 495*1
 16.5 15
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Cybersecurity blends the technical expertise needed to analyze security issues and create cyberdefense strategies with the interpersonal skills needed to communicate threats to a variety of audiences. The program prepares students to meet the growing need for professionals who can defend against threats to digital information and assets. IST's Office of Career Solutions helps students navigate their internship and career development in the field through coaching, workshops, interview preparation, resume reviews, career fairs, job postings, and networking opportunities.

Careers

Because our courses blend technical knowledge with skills in communication and business, a Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations degree allows students to pursue opportunities as cybersecurity analysts, cyberthreat advisers, penetration testers, and a number of other unique careers in fields such as defense, government, and business.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE CYBERSECURITY ANALYTICS AND OPERATIONS PROGRAM

Contact

Beaver

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3939
cem33@psu.edu

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1410
jal620@psu.edu

https://www.brandywine.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/cybersecurity-analytics-operations

Greater Allegheny

213E Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9143
gag5@psu.edu

https://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/academics/cybersecurity

Lehigh Valley

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5071
kmb6846@psu.edu

https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/academics

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6076
bkg113@psu.edu

https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics/degrees/bacc-degrees/cybersecurity-analytics-and-operations

Shenango

INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Sharon Hall 315D
147 Shenango Ave.
Sharon, PA 16148
724-983-2810
msd5532@psu.edu

https://shenango.psu.edu/academics/majors-shenango/cybersecurity-analytics-operations

York

226 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4143
wpc2@psu.edu

Abington

DIVISION OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-633-3316
jxo19@psu.edu

Altoona

DIVISION OF BUSINESS, ENGINEERING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5275
drb21@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/cybersecurity-analytics-operations

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6349
tkc3@psu.edu

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Olmsted Building, E355
717-948-6141
ljc43@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/business-administration/bachelor-science-cybersecurity-analytics

University Park

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947

https://ist.psu.edu/about/contact

World Campus

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947

https://ist.psu.edu/about/contact
https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/security-and-risk-analysis-bachelors/overview