Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Cybersecurity Engineering is a high-growth career in the digital economy. As a cybersecurity engineer, you’ll analyze computer networks, ensure that they're running securely, and foresee security issues before they occur. A cybersecurity engineer focuses on designing computer systems equipped to deal with disruptions like natural disasters and/or malicious cyber-attacks.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering prepares students who want to become professional engineers in the broad field of cybersecurity. Program objectives include providing students with a working knowledge of analysis and evaluation of components and systems with respect to security and maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats with an emphasis on engineered systems.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to address security issues pertaining to stakeholder needs and requirements considering the lifecycle of the system from the outset. Design and development of systems, their components and associated networks to increase trustworthiness.

“Our engineering programs seamlessly partner with our engineering technology programs, providing an academic experience that is unlike any offered at an institution of higher education. Only in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering will students be offered the opportunity, even encouraged, to blend learning experiences and swing between the foundational principles of underlying theory and analysis techniques and the most current application and design methods. In other words, our students at every level are encouraged to not only discover but also to integrate and apply.” - Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., Associate Dean 


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Program Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration to public health, safety and welfare as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies








Code Title
ENGR 17100 Intro into cybersecurity engineering (3 credits)
ENGR 35500 Signals and Circuits (3 credits)
ENGR 35501 Signals and Circuits Lab (1 credit)
ENGR 26301 Networking Hardware – I (4 credits)
ENGR 36302 Networking Hardware – II (3 credits)
ENGR 20000 Professional Development for Engineering (1 credit)
ENGR 36337 Information Technology Security (3 credits)
ENGR 46300 Network Security for Engineering (3 credits)
ENGR 46316 Server Administration and Configuration I (3 credits)
ENGR 30000 Systems Engineering (3 credits)
ENGR 33320 Applied Embedded Systems I (3 credits)
ENGR 35550 Law and Ethics for Engineers (3 credits)
ENGR 27100 Fundamentals of Operating Systems for Engineering (3 credits)
ENGR 48099 Engineering Capstone – 1 (WIC) (ELR) (6 credits)
ENGR 48199 Engineering Capstone – 2 (WIC) (ELR)
CS 13001 or CS 13011 & CS 13012 Computer Science I: Programming and Problem Solving or Computer Science IA: Procedural Programming and Computer Science IB: Object Oriented Programming
CS 23001 Computer Science II: Data Structures and Abstraction (4 credits)
CS 23022 Discrete Structures for Computer Science (3 credits)
CS 47207 Digital Forensics (3 credits)
CS 47221 Introduction to Cryptology (3 credits)




Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)


Code Title
UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience (1 credit)
COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication (KADL) (3 credits)
ENG 30062 Principles of Technical Writing (3 credits)
MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculous 1 (KMCR) (5 credits)
MATH 12003 Analytical Geometry and Calculous II (5 credits)
MATH 30011 Basic Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 32051 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences I (4 credits)
PHY 23101 General University Physics I (KBS) (KLAB) (5 credits)
PHY 23102 General University Physics II (KBS) (KLAB) (5 credits)
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) (9 credits)
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) (6 credits)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) (6-7 credits)
Kent Core Additional (6 credits)
General electives (total credit hours depend on earning 120 credit hours including 39 upper-division credit hours)
Minimum Total Credit Hours 126


Graduation Requirements:


Minimum Major GPA: 2.5


Minimum Overall GPA: 2.25




Admission requirements


Freshmen: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA and minimum 24 ACT composite score (minimum 24 ACT sub-scores in math and English) or a minimum 1160 SAT composite score (mathematics, critical reasoning and writing) and placement into MATH 12002 (or its equivalent).


Students who do not meet these requirements may apply for admission to the Computer Engineering Technology major and request to change their program to Cybersecurity Engineering major after their freshmen year if they meet the following criteria: 3.2 overall Kent State GPA and minimum B grade in MATH 12002 and PHY23101.


English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions)by earning a minimum of 525 TOEFL (71on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or a minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit Office of Global Education’s admission website.


Transfer students: Admission into the Cybersecurity Engineering program requires a minimum of 12 credit hours in college-level work with a minimum 3.2 overall GPA and a minimum B grade in MATH 12002 and PHY23101 (or equivalents). Transfer students who have completed less than 12 hours credit hours of college-led coursework will be evaluated on collegiate and high school records and must submit a final high school transcript and an ACT or SAT score.




*Offered Fall 2020


What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

The line between the two is becoming more blurred since responsibilities overlap more now than ever. In general, an engineer has a theoretical understanding of how something is happening. The curriculum for engineers includes high level math, theory and conceptual design. Whereas, the curriculum for engineering technology programs focus on the implementation of engineering principles to solve problems. Engineering technology tends to be more hands-on and application oriented, teaching students to operate, maintain, trouble-shoot, inspect and test systems. Graduates from these programs can speak intelligently about the technology to communicate with those on the plant floor, upper management, customers and users for sales purposes. It is possible that both engineers and engineer technologists may design a product to solve a problem, but the engineer would be more likely to discover a new technology, practice or principle. An engineering technologist would use the new technology created by the engineer and apply it to the product he or she is designing. The engineer develops the big picture while the engineering technologist works out the details. For more information, download "Is There An Engineer Inside You?" by Celeste Baine for free.