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Cyber Operations (BS)

Stay one step ahead, get inside the mind of a hacker

As technology improves, so do risks for vulnerabilities. That’s why we need you.

DSU's Cyber Operations program shows you how to discover and investigate attacks like data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities. Go beyond the mind of hackers and analyze their mentality, motivations, and techniques.

Research and practice is vital. Our classes help you explore the fundamentals of programming, networking, and cyber security. Plus, our labs will let you, and others, analyze malware and exploit software safely; you won’t put your computer or information at risk.

This degree is also part of our 4+1 Program, which means you can complete your BS in Cyber Operations and your MS in Computer Science in just five years.

In it to win it

Our campus provides plenty of opportunities to keep your brain churning after you leave the classroom. Test your skills in ACM Programming Contests or prove your expertise in the National Cyber League (NCL) and the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). 

DSU Cyber Corps scholarship program

As a cyber operations student, you may also be eligible to apply for the DSU Cyber Corps Scholarship. A full-ride scholarship program that also pays out a $25,000 stipend per year. 

NSA did you say?

Yes, it’s true. The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated our cyber operations degree as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, one of 20 such programs in the nation. Rest assured, our program meets some of the highest cyber security standards in the nation.

In addition to the NSA, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of our relationships with government agencies and other industries, prior to graduation.

hacking lab

Integrated technology

DSU has a one-of-a-kind "hacking lab." In it, you can learn how hackers think, what tools they use, and how software vulnerabilities are identified and exploited. And you won't put your computer - or your information - at risk. Most of our courses include hands-on experiences in programming, networking, and cyber security. For example, we have several labs where students are challenged to exploit commercial software applications in a life-like network environment. There are also labs dedicated to tearing apart malware to understand how it works and how it was created.

Organizations who hire our grads

With a degree in cyber operations, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. 

Our grads are hired by the National Security Agency (NSA), The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare System Command), Sandia National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, banks, hospitals, and security firms all over the nation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree in Cyber Operations, students will:

  • Be able to dynamically and statically analyze computer systems to understand the functional behavior and identify potential security vulnerabilities
  • Be able to construct and execute attacks against computer systems to take advantage of discovered vulnerabilities
  • Be able to create functionally-sound and robust software in multiple languages to execute in various operating environments

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