Computer Science: Cybersecurity Option (B.A.)

Computer Science: Cybersecurity Option (B.A.)

PhD in Computer Science

What is computer science with an option in cybersecurity?

The B.A. in computer science allows you to combine the study of computer science with the study of another field. Given the emergence of computational approaches to virtually all areas of scholarship and creative expression, it is important to offer this flexibility. The cybersecurity option is tailored to students who want to focus on computer and network security and includes professional electives that emphasize these areas as well as examine broader questions in cybersecurity.

Why study computer science at UNH?

You’ll have access to the UNH InterOperability Lab, where you’ll work alongside top tech companies to test their equipment before it hits the marketplace. All computer science students are encouraged to conduct research through capstone projects and independent studies. Many of UNH’s student organizations are a natural fit for computer science majors, such as the Cyber Security Club, the Linux Club, and Wildcat Women in Computer Science. Plus, the Programming Assistance Center offers walk-in support and tutoring.

Potential careers

  • Application developer
  • Computer and information research scientist
  • Database developer
  • Data security specialist
  • Network architect
  • Product development manager
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Software systems developer
  • User experience designer
  • Web developer
Department of Computer Science
Kingsbury Hall N229, 33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862.3778

Curriculum & Requirements

The B.A. in Computer Science will allow students to combine the study of computer science with the study of another field. Given the emergence of computational approaches to virtually all areas of scholarship and creative expression, it is important to offer this flexibility. The three tracks in the B.A. program contain the same computer science core as the B.S. program, but give more control to the student to choose the complementary and advanced courses. 

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Computer Science Classes
CS 400Introduction to Computing2
CS 415Introduction to Computer Science I4
or CS 410C Introduction to Scientific Programming/C
or CS 410P Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python
CS 416Introduction to Computer Science II4
IT 403Introduction to Internet Technologies4
CS 501Professional Ethics and Communication in Technology-related Fields4
CS 420Foundations of Programming for Digital Systems4
CS 515Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms4
CS 520Computer Organization and System-Level Programming4
CS 527Fundamentals of Cybersecurity4
CS 620Operating System Fundamentals4
CS 727Software Security4
IT 666Cybersecurity Practices4
CS 791
CS 792
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
or CS 799 Thesis
Computer Science Electives
Select one of the following:4
CS 722
Cloud Computing Systems
CS 725
Computer Networks
IT 609
Network/Systems Administration
IT 718
Cloud Computing Principles
HLS 515
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
POLT 568
International Security
Mathematics Courses
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 539Introduction to Statistical Analysis4
or MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Select two MATH or CS Theory Courses 18
Science Courses 2
One Discovery Biological Science (BS) with Discovery Lab4
One Discovery Physical Science (PS) with Discovery Lab4
Discovery requirements not already covered by required courses20
Total Credits98

CS Theory courses include: CS 659CS 723CS 745CS 750CS 755CS 757CS 758CS 759.  Math courses include MATH 420MATH 426MATH 445 or any MATH 5XX or higher


Courses must carry the Discovery attributes of Biological Science or Physical Science and include Discovery lab (DLAB).

Computer science majors must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all required computer science, mathematics, and computer engineering courses in order to graduate. If at the end of any semester, including the first, a student's cumulative grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, the student may not be allowed to continue as a CS major.

The following courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better: CS 410CCS 410PCS 415CS 416, CS 420CS 515CS 520IT 403

If a student wishing to transfer into the computer science major has any coursework that is applicable to the major, the grades in those courses must satisfy the minimum grade requirements for the B.S. degree in computer science. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all courses taken at the university.

Graduates of the UNH B.A. CS programs will have an ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  • Learn independently about new technologies, and have the skills needed to understand them.

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