Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity
BS

Introduction

In our expanding data-driven world, Cybersecurity professionals are crucial defenders against cyber threats and terrorist attacks. Businesses need skilled cybersecurity specialists to protect company information and assets.

Learn to protect valuable data assets and develop next-generation cyber security skills with a Cybersecurity Degree.

By choosing Western’s Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, you'll get a solid foundation in security principles and computing and how to apply these skills in a competitive and expanding field. With eight community college partner pathways and multiple industry connections, Western’s Cybersecurity program is a leader in cybersecurity education and training.

In response to emerging demand for cybersecurity professionals, Washington State community colleges and Western's College of Science and Engineering are working together in one of the nation's few community college-to-university cybersecurity program collaborations. As a result, students may enroll at a partner community college to begin a pathway to a BS degree in Cybersecurity from Western. 

Earn your Cybersecurity bachelor's degree in Bellingham

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Western’s Computer Science Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

Locations Offered

Programming and curriculum may vary by location.

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By maximizing partnerships with community colleges, like-minded universities and community centers throughout the Puget Sound region, Western students have access to education beyond the Bellingham campus.

Beyond the Classroom

As part of a hands-on approach, the department encourages students to be involved outside the classroom. 

Recent student internships: 

  • BDS Intern for Boeing 
  • Software Engineering Intern at US Nexus 
  • ResTek Intern for Western Washington University

Other students get involved with many of the Computer Science Clubs

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 
  • Association for Women in Computing (AWC) 
  • Western Student Robotics Club (WSRC) 
  • WWU Game Development Group 
  • Collegiate Cyber Defense Club (CCDC), which recently won the Northwest Regional Competition  

Western Computer Science students compete in teams in national contest: 

  • Microsoft Imagine Cup 
  • National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition 
  • Starcraft AI Competition

 

“While at Western, I interned as a developer for Vitech Business Group, a supply chain management consulting firm in Bellingham, and as a program manager at Microsoft. The internship at Microsoft turned into a full-time job and now I work as a program manager in the Windows Live team at Microsoft. Being a program manager is great because I get to help plan what the team builds from the ground up and follow my product through each stage of development until it's shipped.” Amanda Font, Student

Careers and Graduate Studies

The rise of cyber-attacks and a heightened awareness of network vulnerability, coupled with a shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, is creating serious consequences for individuals, corporations and government agencies seeking to protect sensitive information. Completing the Cybersecurity bachelor's degree at Western gives students a competitive edge in the job market, greater employment security, increased earning potential, and opportunity for career advancement. 

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Sample Jobs

  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Secure Software Assessor
  • Cyber Security Developer

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.