Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Cyber Operations Engineering, BS

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The BS in Cyber Operations Engineering prepares students to be cybersecurity leaders by mastering math, computer science, electrical engineering concepts, and non-technical cyber operations. Cyber operations engineering is a comprehensive program beyond what cybersecurity degrees mainly focus on: software/data/information components. It focuses on systems, networks, devices, social, legal, social engineering, and ethical issues. Cyber Operations is a complementary discipline to cybersecurity.  

The Cyber Operations Engineering degree equips students with skills to address more complex cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in systems, including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, networks, and devices. You acquire the skills and competencies critical to intelligence, military, and law enforcement organizations authorized to perform these specialized operations, assuming roles such as cryptographer, vulnerability assessor, security architect, and cybersecurity engineer. 


Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, the Recipients of the BS in Cyber Operations Engineering will:

1.      Demonstrate both offensive and defensive cyber operations - system attack, infiltration, exploitation, defense, mitigation, and recovery competencies. 

2.      Apply the principles, methods, techniques, technologies, requirements, and development tools used in the design and implementation of embedded systems. 

3.      Work in security operations, process control, network security, threat reduction, incident response, and other cybersecurity-related positions.  

4.      Design the next generation of connected devices so that better security measures can be built into the devices during design and production before utilization and operation begin. 


Student Outcomes

1.      Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying engineering, science, and mathematics principles. 

2.      Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare and global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.  

3.      Communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 

4.      Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, considering the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 

5.      Function effectively on a team whose members provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 

6.      Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 

7.      Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

Cyber Operations Engineering Major Requirements

General Education and Institutional Requirements

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)

Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)

Choose one of the following:

General Education Requirements

English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 Semester hours)

Choose from designated General Education courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, and theater. (The Arts and Humanities Elective must be in a discipline other than COMM).

Social Science ( 6 semester hours)

Choose from designated General Education courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or interdisciplinary social science. (The Social Sciences Elective must be in a discipline other than HIST.)


Science (7-8 semester hours), Mathematics (3 semester hours), and Technology (3 semester hours) General Education Requirements are satisfied by taking the required courses in the degree curriculum. 

Sample Program

This is a sample only. Most students will not follow the sample exactly as shown. It is very important that students consult regularly with their departmental advisor, to determine their best program.

General Electives - The remaining credits needed to make the total at least 120 should be chosen by the student in consultation with a Department advisor.

Note: The Department reserves the right to specify suitable General Education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester (16 Semester hours)

Second Semester (16 semester hours)

Junior Year

Second Semester (15 semester hours)

Senior Year

First Semester (12 semester hours)

Second Semester (14 semester hours)

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