The Washington State University Pullman Catalog

Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity (120 Credits)

Students are admitted to the Cybersecurity major upon demonstrating they are calculus-ready and making their intention known to the department. Calculus-ready is defined as having an ALEKS math placement score of 78% or higher; or completion of MATH 108, and 171 or a higher calculus course with a grade of C or better; or completing the Math AP with a score of 2 (places the student in MATH 171), or 3 (credit is given for MATH 171); or achieving an IB score of HL 5; or achieving a CLEP score of 50.

To remain in good standing students must complete CPTS 121 or 131 and CPTS 122 or 132 and CPTS 223 or 233. In addition, students must also complete MATH 171, 216, and MATH 220 or 225, each with a grade of C or better, and earn a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or higher upon completion of the above courses.

Alternate Pathway:
Completion of ALL standard pathway benchmarks, excluding MATH 216, CPTS 223/233. In addition, complete the following courses: a [SSCI] course such as ECONS 101 or 102, ENGLISH 101, PHIL 201 or MATH 301, and the [PSCI] requirement of Lab Science Requirement3, all with a grade of C or better, and a 2.5 cumulative WSU GPA (or transfer GPA if no WSU GPA exists).

No courses listed in this schedule of study may be taken on a pass/fail basis. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
First Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 1011
CPT S 121 or 13114
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
UCORE Inquiry23
Second TermCredits
CPT S 122 or 13214
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 2163
UCORE Inquiry23
Second Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 223 or 23313
CPT S 260 or E E 2343 or 4
Lab Science Requirement [BSCI]34
MATH 220 or 2252 or 3
UCORE Inquiry23
Second TermCredits
CPT S 3173
CPT S 321, 323, or 35543
CPT S 322 [M]3
MATH 301 or PHIL 2013
UCORE Inquiry23
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 3023
CPT S 3273
CPT S 3503
CPT S 360 or 37014
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M]3
Second TermCredits
CPT S 4273
CPT S 451 or 4153
STAT 3603
Computer Science Electives56
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 4283
CPT S 4553
Lab Science Requirement [PSCI]34
Computer Science Electives56
Second TermCredits
CPT S 4263
CPT S 432 [CAPS] [M]3
CPT S 4393
Computer Science Electives56
Complete CPT S Exit Interview and Survey

Footnotes
1Students may choose between a C/C++ (CPTS 121, 122, 223, 360) path or a Java programming (CPTS 131, 132, 233, 370) path. Transitivity allowed between tracks before taking CPTS 223/233. The C/C++ track is not available in Everett.
2Must complete 4 of these 5 UCORE designations: ARTS, DIVR, EQJS, HUM, SSCI.
3Lab Science Requirement: Choose from CHEM 105 [PSCI], 106, PHYSICS 201 [PSCI] and 211, 202 [PSCI] and 212, BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI]. Graduation requirements stipulate one each of [BSCI], and [PSCI]. Transfer students may fulfill the credit requirement with course equivalencies of 6 semester credits. Courses should include sufficient credits to meet the University requirement of 120 credits.
4CPT S 323 is only available in Tri-Cities.
5Computer Science Electives: 18 credits (minimum 12 credits 300-400 level CPTS courses) and must include one of CPTS 434, 437, 440, or 475. May include a maximum of 3 credits each of CPTS 490 and 499, or 3 credits of CPT S 499, and a combined 3 credits of CPT S 488 and ENGR 489. Approved non-CPTS courses are: 300-400-level EE courses, CE 463, DTC 335, EM 464, MATH 172, MBIOS 478, MSE 302, PHYSICS 303, 443, and STAT 436.

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