Cybersecurity Engineering


Why study Cybersecurity Engineering?

The B.S in Cybersecurity Engineering degree program at the University of Cincinnati integrates pertinent science and mathematics courses with electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, political science, and ethics courses in order to develop an engineer capable of designing, and analyzing systems that operate with confidentiality, integrity and availability.  

  • Coursework will promote your critical thinking skills in cyber security to be able to understand, measure and identify the security vulnerabilities and privacy risks of computer and communication systems.
  • You will learn how to respond to unknown cyber security threats, test vulnerabilities in software and web application, reverse engineer malware, and how to build secure, robust and reliable computer and communication systems.
  • During the last two years of your degree, you will sharpen your skills into emerging areas of advanced cyber security by choosing your area of focus:
    • Cyber-attack and defense
    • Network and data security
    • Hardware and cyber-physical system security.
  • During your studies, you will build an impressive resume and professional network through our nationally-recognized co-op program at companies such as Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen, Edaptive, Inc., and many others, as well as government laboratories such as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of courses, academic performance, co-curricular activities, and supplemental information provided through the application.

First-year students applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units)

Cybersecurity Engineers are in demand in organizations throughout society. Non-profits, hospitals, companies, nations and international treaty groups are all seeking knowledgeable professionals to keep their organization's operations and data safe from attackers. By graduating from UC with a BS in Cybersecurity, you can look forward to careers like:

  • Threat intelligence analysts
  • Penetration tester
  • Incident response manager
  • Security architect
  • Security operatons analyst
  • Application security engineer

and many more.

Cybersecurity engineering undergraduates have the option of selecting one of several minors, such as:

  • Biomedical Electronics & Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Communications & Signal Processing
  • Electric Energy & Smartgrid
  • Embedded Systems
  • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits.

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing and doing is learning. That’s why we invented the first ever Cooperative Education (Co-op) program in 1906. Today, it’s the largest of its kind in the United States. The Co-op model—which places students in full-time employment in their field—supplements the classroom curriculum to make for an educational experience like no other.

There are also opportunities to participate in NSF-funded undergraduate research.

Enhance your Cyber Engineering degree by adding an undergraduate certificate in Cyber Operations! This certificate program will further prepare you to enter the cybersecurity profession by giving you a deeper understanding of cybersecurity and additional skills in major cybersecurity areas such as cyberdefense, information security, network security, security vulnerability assessment, and cybersecurity policy and strategy.  

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC, please visit the Transition Students page.

For additional information on international requirements, visit UC’s International Admissions page.

Application Deadlines

First-year students must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year in high school.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Cybersecurity Engineering program will be assessed for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment
College of Engineering and Applied Science
653 Baldwin Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5417

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Program Code: 20BC-CYE-BSCYBR