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Minor in Cybersecurity | ECE | Virginia Tech
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Minor in Cybersecurity | ECE | Virginia Tech

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering offers an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity under this minor covers the fields of Information Security, Network Security, and Computer System Security. As fraudulent groups and people seek to steal this pertinent information, the importance of cybersecurity and its inner workings rises.

Core Principals & Hands-on Education

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This minor seeks to provide a core technical basis for careers in secure system design and operation.

Note that Virginia Tech's undergraduate education in cybersecurity, while hands-on, focuses on core principles of security rather than specific information technology components and systems from specific vendors. Students may also find it beneficial to consider professional certification, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Requirements

The undergraduate minor in cybersecurity is a College of Engineering program, principally focused on students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, but is open to any student able to meet the necessary prerequisites.

To apply for the cybersecurity minor and view application deadlines, please visit the Department of Engineering Education and fill out a College of Engineering Minor Application.

The official checksheet for the minor is found at The Office of the Registrar.

Two Minor Core Courses

One Network Course from This List

One Systems Course from This List

One Interdisciplinary Course from This List

  • ACIS 4684: Information Systems Security and Assurance
  • FIN 4014: Internet, Electronic, and Online Law
  • MATH 4175: Cryptography I
  • MATH 4176: Cryptography II

One Additional Course from any of the Networks, Systems, or Interdisciplinary Lists

In addition to the one required course from each area, one additional course is required, and may be any one of the courses listen in any of the three given areas.

One Credit Seminar Course

Careers

Students graduating with a degree in computer science or computer engineering with a minor in cybersecurity could expect careers in software engineering, embedded systems engineering, or information systems management, with an emphasis on designing, developing, operating, or analyzing security features or subsystems.

Given Virginia Tech's location in the mid-Atlantic region, there are a large number of employers in the Washington DC metropolitan area with a keen interest in cybersecurity, including defense contractors and federal agencies. Those considering careers in the national security sector should consider the requirements for the US Department of Defense Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program.