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Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cyber Defense

Department of Computer Science, University of Dayton

Faculty Contact: Dr. Phu Phung, 937-229-3845

Cyber-attacks on software, computer systems and computer networks increase every year, and the rate of attacks is accelerating. Industry threat assessment reports include an 8,500 percent increase in crypto-jacking, a mobile malware variant increase of 54 percent and incidents of malware being implanted in the software supply chain up by 200 percent.

Furthermore, over 40 percent of industrial control systems like power and water treatment plants were attacked by malicious software in the first months of 2018.

The University of Dayton's cyber defense concentration gives the student the skills and experience needed to understand, prevent and operate through these kinds of attacks. This program also gives computer science students background into theoretical aspects of cyber defense and provides practical experience in hardening software, computer systems and networks against cyber attacks. The program explains the essential concepts of cybersecurity and applies those concepts to application development, operating systems, and networks. In particular, upon completion of this program students will:

  • understand the fundamental security concepts and techniques;
  • know how these concepts and techniques are applied via various security mechanisms and controls;
  • know where to find and how to apply up-to-date information on cyber-security best practices and threat information; and
  • learn how to implement security techniques and controls in software, computer systems, and networks to achieve maximum effectiveness.

To obtain the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cyber Defense, students must fulfill the following two requirements:

  1. Meet all the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. For the full requirements and the list of courses, please visit the degree catalog at
  2. To be eligible for the Concentration in Cyber Defense, students must have taken 9 semester hours of the following courses:
    - CPS 471. Fundamentals of Cyber Security. 3 semester hours
    - CPS 475. Secure Application Development. 3 semester hours
    - One 3-semester hour course from security-related courses approved by the department


To enroll in this program, please complete the registration form linked below.

The program complies with the guidance of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Designation Program by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS). The department has been awarded a CAE Application Assistance Program grant to apply for the designation.


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The following faculty members are affiliated with Cyber Defense Concentration:

The Department of Computer Science's industry advisory board meets annually to recommend a set of modifications to enhance our programs, enrollments and retention.


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UD Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery

Hack the Box

  • UD students compete annually in this event. It's “a massive, online cyber security training platform, allowing individuals, companies, universities and all kinds of organizations around the world to level up their hacking skills."

National Cyber League

  • Students from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Dayton have been involved in this the competition since Spring the 2019, when the team ranked 19th nationally.

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Department of Computer Science

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2160