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Online Bachelor of Applied Science, Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis

The online Bachelor of Applied Science, Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis focuses on the critical cyber skills you need to design cyber processes and programs to protect information systems and networks. This emphasis area is relevant in almost every industry and adds career-focused coursework to your bachelor’s degree.

Note: This emphasis area is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online.

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Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis Details

Classes and Scheduling

The online Bachelor of Applied Science, Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis is a 120-credit program that includes the following:

  • Cyber Operations Essentials Emphasis Courses – 28 credits. Includes 16 credits of upper-division electives and 12 credits of cyber courses. Using the following course table, choose option one to earn the Certificate in Cyber Operations or choose option two to meet the cyber course requirement.
  • Required Courses – 12 credits
  • Electives – 0 to 23 credits
  • Technical Education Credits – 20 to 48 credits. These may be from a technical associate degree (AAS or equivalent), an advanced technical certificate (ATC), or an intermediate technical certificate (ITC) that you have already earned from an accredited institution.
  • University Foundations Courses – 37 credits. These general education credits may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your degree plan.

Review the following table for details on the cyber operations essentials emphasis courses.

CategoryCourse TitleCredits
Option OneCPS 301 Information Assurance and Critical Thinking3
Option OneCPS 412 Foundational Essentials for IT Cybersecurity Practitioners3
Option OneChoose two of the following:
CPS 401 Defensive Security (3)
CPS 402 Offensive Security (3)
CPS 403 Recovery and Forensics (3)
Option TwoCPS 301 Information Assurance and Critical Thinking3
Option TwoCORE 400 Cyber Systems Thinking3
Option TwoCORE 470 Cyber Risk Management3
Option TwoChoose one of the following:
CORE 450 Cyber Threat Intelligence (3)
CORE 460 Cyber Resilience Systems Design (3)

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

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Costs and Scholarships

The cyber operations essentials emphasis is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online. Students who take classes 100% online pay $375 per credit during the 2024-25 academic year. Estimated book costs for the entire program equal $1,500. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

Students applying to this program are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help fund their education.

Note to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to the cyber operations essentials emphasis.

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Career Opportunities

Gain hands-on experience in the cyber field, develop your technical skills and network with other learners across the country. Possible careers include: cyber defense analyst, cyber security analyst and information security analyst.

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Military and Veteran Students

Boise State Online’s Bachelor of Applied Science is well-equipped to accommodate military service members and is an approved AU-ABC program. Whether you are on active duty, a veteran or a civilian, our team is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

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