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Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations

BS in Cyber Operations

About the B.S. in Cyber Operations

Threats online are everywhere — the need for cybersecurity has never been greater. If you want to join the growing field that is protecting online data for both individuals and organizations, choose a school that the National Security Agency recognized as an N.S.A. Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations — Cedarville’s B.S. in cyber operations will equip you with the skills you need to succeed as an in-demand cybersecurity professional.

You will be prepared for many in-demand positions in the crucially important field of cybersecurity. You will learn the technical knowledge and skills required to perform specialized cyber operations related to collection, exploitation, and response utilized by organizations like the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Understanding these concepts will also equip you to defend computer systems and networks in the cybersecurity industry. Additionally, you will learn security fundamentals, cryptography, and secure software development principles that will equip you to write secure software. In today’s world where cyber threats are constantly present and increasingly dangerous, these skills are attractive to employers for even non-cyber specific software development roles.

Cybersecurity – Student Testimony

Cyber Operations Degree Highlights

Dedicated lab space. You will practice attack and defend scenarios in a specially equipped cybersecurity lab, where every workstation has the capability of hosting its own network of virtual machines.

Certification. Cedarville University has been certified as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), making Cedarville part of an elite group of institutions to receive this designation.

Accreditation. Cedarville’s computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, and our computer science programs with a cyber operations specialization has ABET cybersecurity accreditation.

This area of study is also offered as a specialization that can be added to the B.S. in Computer Science program.

What Can You Do With a B.S. in Cyber Operations?

You will be prepared for careers in the growing cybersecurity field, including:

  • Network Security Engineer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Analyst
  • Software Developer

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Internships. You’ll acquire in-demand skills that will prepare you for summer internships. Our students have found that there’s no substitute for real-world experience.

Cyber competitions. You’ll be able to test your skills in cyber competitions, such as the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the National Cyber League, and others.

Cyber Awareness team. You can join the Cyber Awareness team, which promotes cyber safety to the surrounding community.

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Advancing the Study of Cybersecurity

Cedarville University's Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity is advancing the study of cybersecurity by developing future leaders in the field, shaping cyber education, and promoting cyber awareness in society.

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Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity

Cedarville’s Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity is leading the way to improving our nation’s security online.

TEDx Cybersecurity Talk

Guardian of the Cyber Galaxy

Speaking at TEDxDaytonSalon, Dr. Seth Hamman, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cedarville University Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity, shares three insights into how our physical and digital lives connect. See photos from the event  here.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has named Cedarville University a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations.

Cybersecurity senior students Aidan Graef, Madeline Chairvolotti, and Aaron Campbell

Department of Defense Awards Full-Ride Scholarships to Cybersecurity Students

Along with tuition costs, students receive a $25,000 stipend, a $1,500 laptop, and all of their course fees and textbooks are also covered.
Professor Patrick Dudenhofer instructs students in the cyber lab

Chief Information Officers Recognize Cyber Progam as Elite

Cedarville was recently featured as one of the top 16 cyber education programs in the United States in a Chief Information Officers Institute (CIO) report.
Joshua Tarwater, Yayira Dzamesi, and Noah Duncan

Prayer App Sends Requests on High . . . Tech

Three Cedarville University computer science seniors have developed a capstone project of eternal proportions: a multiclient, mobile prayer app.
Aidan Graef, Madeline Chairvolotti, and Aaron Campbell

Students Awarded Cybersecurity Full Ride and Internships

Aidan Graef, Madeline Chairvolotti, and Aaron Campbell (L-R), all junior computer science majors specializing in cyber operations, have been awarded scholarships that include full tuition, course fees, $1,500 toward a new laptop, and a $25,000 stipend.

Program Faculty

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Seth Hamman, Ph.D.

Director, Associate Professor of Cyber Operations and Computer Science

  • Location ENS 171
  • Phone 937-766-7686
  • Email Email
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Patrick Dudenhofer, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Cyber Operations

  • Location ENS 220 B
  • Phone 937-766-8023
  • Email Email

B.S. in Cyber Operations Program Curriculum

Building on our core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core computer science courses plus a sequence of cyberations course, including network security, software security, and cyber forensics.

Sample Courses

  • Cyber Forensics
  • Software Security
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog