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Cyber Security Engineering is concerned with the development of cyber-resilient systems which include the protection of physical as well as computer and network systems. It requires a proactive approach in engineering design of physical systems with cyber security incorporated from the beginning of system development. Cyber security engineering is an important quantitative methodology to be used in all industries including transportation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, government (federal, state, and local), and defense. The program is focused on the cyber security engineering of integrated cyber-physical systems. This degree provides a foundation in cyber security engineering, and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics and science background.


For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Advising and Plan of Study

All cyber security engineering students are assigned a faculty advisor. With the advisor's help and approval, each student is required to complete a plan of study, which constitutes a learning plan for the degree program. The plan of study must be signed by the student's advisor and the Program Chair and be updated and signed by the advisor at least once a year.

Change of Major

See Change of Major for more information. 

Termination from the Major

No math, science, or Volgenau School of Engineering course that is required for the major may be attempted more than three times. Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major. Undeclared students in the Volgenau School who do not successfully complete a course required for a Volgenau School major within three attempts will also be terminated. For more information, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

Once a student has attempted one of these courses twice unsuccessfully, the third attempt must be no later than the next semester of enrollment, excluding summers. Failure to take the course at that time will result in termination from the major. If the student is unable to take the course when required, the student may request an extension to a future semester; extensions require approval of the student's advisor, their department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. The deadline for extension requests is the add deadline for the semester in which the course is required.

Students who have been terminated from a Volgenau School of Engineering major may not register for a Volgenau School course without permission of the department offering the course. This applies to all undergraduate courses offered by the Volgenau School except IT 104 Introduction to Computing (Mason Core) and STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core).

A student may not declare any major in the Volgenau School of Engineering if the student has previously met the termination criteria for that major at any time, regardless of what the student's major was at the time the courses were taken.

Banner Code: VS-BS-CYSE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 126

Cyber Security Engineering Core

Core Courses 1
CYSE 101Introduction to Cyber Security Engineering3
CYSE 205Systems Engineering Principles3
CYSE 211Operating Systems and Lab3
CYSE 220Systems Modeling3
CYSE 230Computer Networking3
CYSE 325Discrete Events Systems Modeling3
CYSE 330Introduction to Network Security3
CYSE 411Secure Software Engineering3
CYSE 421Industrial Control Systems Security3
CYSE 425Secure RF Communications3
CYSE 430Critical Infrastructure Protection3
CYSE 445System Security and Resilience3
CYSE 450Cyber Vulnerability Lab1
CYSE 465Transportation Systems Design3
CYSE 470Human Factors and Cyber Security Engineering3
CYSE 475Cyber Physical Systems3
CYSE 491Engineering Senior Seminar 22
CYSE 492Senior Advanced Design Project I2
CYSE 493Senior Advanced Design Project II (Mason Core) 33
Technical Electives 1
Select 9 credits from the following approved technical courses: 49
Embedded and Real Time Systems
Power Systems and Smart Grid
Power Grid Security
Mobile Devices and Network Security
GPS Security
Cryptography and Computer Network Security
Intrusion Detection
Cyber Security Audit and Compliance
Methods of User Authentication
Malicious Software and Hardware
Special Topics in Cyber Security Engineering
Total Credits62

A grade of C or better is required for all CYSE courses.


Fulfills the university writing intensive requirement for the major.


Fulfills the Mason Core synthesis requirement for the major.


Electives allow students to gain special expertise in selected areas of cyber security engineering.

Electrical Engineering

ECE 301Digital Electronics3
Total Credits3

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 203Linear Algebra 13
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 214Elementary Differential Equations 13
STAT 344Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I 13
Total Credits20

Must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Natural Sciences

PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core) 13
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Computer Science

CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)4
CS 222Computer Programming for Engineers 13
Total Credits7

Must be completed with a grade of C or better.


ENGR 107Introduction to Engineering (Mason Core)2
Total Credits2

Oral Communication and Economics

COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
or COMM 101 Interpersonal and Group Interaction (Mason Core)
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
Total Credits6

Remaining Mason Core

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements.

Written Communication6
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Total Credits18


All students must submit at least 24 credits of social science and humanities coursework, which is normally satisfied by the 24 credits of Mason Core social science and humanities courses listed above and with the oral communication and economics requirement.

Cyber Security Engineering, BS/Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, Accelerated MS


Highly-qualified students in the Cyber Security Engineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, MS.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Cyber Security Engineering, BS program may apply for this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.25. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, MS program.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for the BS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlapping.

Students register for two Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis core courses (6 credits) in place of two of the three required technical electives, as part of the undergraduate degree requirements.  Specifically, students must take:

CFRS 500Introduction to Forensic Technology and Analysis3
and one of the following:3
Digital Forensics Analysis (satisfies the IT 357 requirement for the INFS concentration in the BS program)
Network Forensics (satisfies one NTEL concentration course in the BS program)
Total Credits6

Note: Students complete all Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, MS core courses and apply the two courses from the above list toward the Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, MS requirements.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student’s final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master’s degree is conferred.