Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Secure Software Development - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    • Formulate project requirements and alternative solutions appropriate to the problem in a secure manner 
    • Integrate design and implementation principles to develop effective software without introduction of vulnerabilities
    • Perform analyze software security and the efficiency of algorithms
    • Implement computing solutions that consist of system and application software written for modern computing platforms
    • Use appropriate tools and techniques for identifying malware and other vulnerabilities 
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    • Document all aspects of secure software precisely and clearly
    • Use written, oral, and electronic communication to convey technical information effectively
    • Accurately communicate security analyses, policies, and methodologies
    • Work cooperatively in teams and with others
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities
    • ​Determine the effects of security policy models in a global society
    • Recognize the important legal and policy issues in the development of secure systems 
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the codes of professional ethics in the information technology industry
    • Plan for and ensure the security, privacy, and integrity of data
    • Recognize the need for continuing professional development

Related Links

Cybersecurity - Secure Software Development, BS Program Page

Computer Science Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Goal –Sci3
Goal –Sci3
Lab –Sci0-1
Goal -Math3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Core Courses
CPSC 130Introduction to Computing and Programming 13
CPSC 146Programming Principles 13
CPSC 207Shell Commands and Scripting 13
CPSC 300Challenges of Computer Technology 13
or MIS 300 Challenges of Computer Technology
CPSC 301Practical Computer Security 13
CPSC 311Discrete Computational Structures 13
CPSC 323Fundamentals of Database Systems 13
or MIS 323 Data Base Systems
CPSC 327Administration and Security 13
CPSC 423Computer Networks 13
CYBR 101Cybersecurity in the Era of Evolving Technology 13
Secure Software Development Required Courses
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles 13
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures 13
CPSC 376Programming Language and Theory 13
CYBR 301Secure Programming 13
CYBR 353Software Assurance 13
CYBR 401Software Security Analysis 13
CYBR 471Malware Analysis 13
CPSC 488Software Engineering 13
Secure Software Development Electives
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Computer Forensics 1
Introduction to Computer Forensics
Computer Organizatin and Architecture 1
Internship 1
Advanced Architecture & Parallel Computing 1
Analysis of Algorithms 1
Total Hours60

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Secure Software Development (SSDE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 12-2018