students with computersThe field of cybersecurity is growing rapidly. Due to the integration of cyber-systems in our daily lives, our businesses, and our governments, there is a huge need for cyber expertise. Lander’s B.S. in Cybersecurity program prepares students for a career in this high demand field.

The program educates and trains students for careers in technical and non-technical areas related to the field of cybersecurity. Students completing the core courses of this program will gain deep technical knowledge to develop and maintain cybersecurity solutions along with an understanding of non-technical areas including administrative, ethical, and legal aspects of cybersecurity. The Political Science emphasis focuses on policy development and compliance, and the legal aspects related to the field of cybersecurity.

This major serves both traditional and non-traditional students seeking education and training in the growing field of cybersecurity. The program covers all core elements of the cybersecurity field and is suitable for individuals with no prior knowledge of computing or cybersecurity, e.g. students finishing high school or individuals with no prior computing knowledge or experience.

Careers in Cybersecurity

This is a great time to pursue a cybersecurity career. With an almost zero rate of unemployment, cybersecurity positions can be found in every field of work.  You can choose a career as  

  • a security specialist to monitor and maintain security administrations,
  • as a cryptographer to develop and implement techniques for secure data communication,
  • as a penetration tester to recognize errors and possible vulnerabilities in a cyber-system,
  • as a digital forensic investigator to find and analyze the evidence left after a digital exploit, or
  • you may choose to start your own cybersecurity consultancy.  

Additionally, this program will provide you with the ability to seek industry certifications or graduate education, if desired.

B.S. in Cybersecurity Program’s Core Curriculum

As a cybersecurity major you will take courses in computer programming, digital forensics, cryptography, computer communication principles, database design and management, fundamentals of cybersecurity management, computer system administration, and hands on networking.


Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start the program?
The Cybersecurity major begins in fall 2021. New students can start the program in spring or fall semesters.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The program is as a traditional four-year undergraduate program.Individual completion time will depend on how much coursework student had completed before joining the program and the course load they carry each semester.

Will I receive credit for courses I have completed at other two- or four year institutions?
Students can transfer up to 64 credit hours from accredited two- or four-year institutions. Depending on the course equivalencies, credit can be used towards the Cybersecurity program. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Duncan at

Do students participate in Cybersecurity competitions?
Lander University students participate in South East Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition every year.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 121

Mathematics for Business, Life Science, and the Social Sciences
OR MATH 123 Calculus and its Applications
OR MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives  

POLS 103

Introduction to World Politics 3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
  MATH 212 Statistical Methods II 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events


Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section


CIS 102  Application Software
OR successful completion of exemption exam
CIS 120 Fundamentals of Information Systems and
Information Technology
CIS 130 Problem Solving and Programming Methods 4
CIS 140 Networking Lab 1
CIS 230 Computer Programming Principles I 4
CIS 240 Introduction to Data Communications 3
CIS 243 Fundamentals of Cyber Security 3
CIS 260 Network and Systems Administration 1
CIS 343 Information Systems and Practice 3
CIS 344 Network Security and Forensics 3
CIS 345 Introduction to Cryptography 3
CIS 346 Cybersecurity Planning and Management 3
CIS 360 Database Design 3
CIS 449 Cybersecurity Capstone 3


POLS 391 Homeland Security 3
Select two (2)
POLS 303POLS 311POLS 312POLS 325POLS 366POLS 390


MATH 125  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 
OR MATH 325 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 211  Statistical Methods I
OR MATH 311 Mathematical Statistics
Select 1
MATH 200MATH 242MATH 300, MATH 308
Total Major Program Requirements 55-59
Additional Electives 23-30
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses