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Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience

Prepare for a changing world with a Bachelors in Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe). Become a career-ready cybersecurity professional who can anticipate and manage cyber threats and design resilient systems. Want to learn more? Join us for an online information session or contact a Student Success Coach.

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Among The Top In The Nation

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future. Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs, and were also recently ranked in the near top 15% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Do mission-driven work

You’ve seen the headlines and know that data breaches and cyberattacks are a regular occurrence in our society. We need well-prepared cyber professionals to defend and design resilient systems.

Relevant course content

uCORe equips you with practical knowledge, industry certifications and the skills needed to be a cyber warrior and achieve more in your career.

Customizable, stackable

The uCORe degree is what you make it, with a wide range of course options and credentials to choose from. For students with a technical associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (AAS or equivalent), the uCORe Bachelor of Applied Science option stacks on top of your technical credits for a seamless transition into a bachelor’s degree!

Diversified work force

uCORe prepares students to meet employer demands in a variety of ways: working with people, processes and technology to create and increase resilience.

Commended by cyber industry leaders

“Boise State’s curricula is entrenched in a real-world, practical approach which prepares students to meet the challenges of a cyber career head-on. I look forward to introducing Boise State’s first crop of graduates into the companies I advise and support.”
—Kim L. Jones, Founder and Managing Director of Ursus Security, LLC

“The key to this powerful new program lies in its ability to develop a focused curriculum that provides needed skill sets that they can use from day one. uCORe is geared to instruct and produce cybersecurity professionals.”
—Stanley R. Jarocki, Vice President of MUFG Union Bank

Bachelor's in Cyber Operations and Resilience At A Glance

What Can You Do With a Bachelors in Cyber Operations and Resilience?

Boise State’s online Cyber Operations and Resilience Program is aligned with the industry’s top training, cloud and technology solutions providers. We are excited to add vmware IT Academy, Palo Alto Academy and Cisco Networking academy to our growing list of partners. As a student, you gain free access to the training resources provided by our partners.  Interested in learning more? Connect with our student success team to hear how an industry informed program can transform your education and career prospects.

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Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) is an asynchronous online program that prepares students to work in environments where anticipating, detecting, mitigating and managing cyber, physical and interdependencies infrastructure threats is crucial.

This program is focused on the interplay of systems, technical, program management, and policy skills necessary to design, remediate, and operate resilient information systems, physical systems, networks.

Between January 2018 and September 2020, there were 562,675 unique job postings that required or preferred a bachelor’s degree with specific cyber-related skills/qualifications in the U.S.

The average cyber worker will eventually earn an estimated at $97K/year (Cyber Feasibility Study, Idaho State Board of Education, 2020).

Possible Careers*:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Security Developer
  • IT Security Governance

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* Visit Cyberseek.org for more career pathway information

Which Cyber Program Is Right For Me?

Cyber Operations and Resilience Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Cyber Operations and Resilience BS option is for students with an AA, AS or no prior college credits.

Cyber Operations and Resilience Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

The Cyber Operations and Resilience BAS is designed for students who have earned their AAS or have some technical associate credits.

The BAS option is the same uCORe content and allows you to leverage up to 47 of your technical credits earned at another regionally accredited institution.

How Do I Apply To The Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience Program?

Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program acceptance is dependent upon admittance to Boise State University. There are no program admission application costs or additional fees.

What Classes Will I Take?

The online Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) degree curriculum below shows the courses required for the program. In addition, certain University Foundations courses are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. The University Foundation courses can be satisfied with an Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, or transfer course work from a regionally accredited community college.

Cyber Operations and Resilience (BS and BAS) Degree PlanCredits
University Foundations Courses37
Required Courses
Course NumberTitleCredits Hours
CPS 301Information Assurance and Critical Thinking (Cyber Ops Cert)3
CPS 401Defensive Security (Cyber Ops Cert)3
CPS 402Offensive Security (Cyber Ops Cert)3
CPS 403Recovery and Forensics (Cyber Ops Cert)3
CPS 411Networking (CompTIA Network+)3
CPS 412Foundational Essential for IT Cyber Security Practitioner (CompTIA Security+) (Cyber Ops Cert)3
CORE 400Cyber Systems Thinking 3
CORE 405Cyber Project Management and Design3
CORE 470Cyber Risk Management (Governance)3
Choose four to seven credits from the following (Cyber Depth):

CORE 401 Cyber Risk Assessment

CORE 410 Applied Cyber Security Programming

CORE 411 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

CORE 413 Internet of Things Architecture

CORE 420 Cyber Security Operations Center

CORE 421 Cyber Business and Regulatory Operations

CORE 422 Cyber Red and Blue Teams

CORE 450 Cyber Threat Intelligence (Threat Intelligence)

CORE 460 Cyber Resilience Systems Design (Resilience Analyst)
4 - 7
Applied Learning: Internships (CORe 493) / Experiential Learning (CORe 484) / Certification (CORe 486) / Credit for Prior Learning (CORe 485)2-6
Elective credits or technical credits from an AAS or equivalent40-47
Total120

More Information About The uCORe Degree Plan

Connect With A Coach

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

Please note, students are required to meet with a Student Success Coach before being admitted to the program.

Contact the uCORe Student Success Coach

How Much Does This Program Cost?

Boise State University’s online programs offer reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. Depending on how many credits you bring in at the start of the program, costs may vary.

DescriptionCost
Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee$50
Courses (36 total credits @ $350 per credit*)$12,600
Books (14 program classes @ estimated $100 per class)$1,400
Approximate Total Investment$14,050
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program. Students in the uCORe program will need a computer that meets the following processing requirements: processor (AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5) with at least 16GB memory RAM and 500GB storage space.Varies

More Information About uCORe Costs

Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

We’re here to help you plan your degree, register for classes each semester and support you through any hurdles you encounter while completing your Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) degree at Boise State! Follow the calendar link below to book an appointment with your program advisor.

Please do not book an appointment if you have not been officially admitted to this program and assigned to an academic advisor. If you have not been admitted to this program, please contact a student success coach for assistance with admission.

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What Support Will I Have?

The Boise State uCORe program features a network of individuals who are here to make sure you are a success in the program! From student success coaches who guide you through the admissions process, to advisors who help you overcome challenges as you navigate your degree plan, to faculty with real-world cyber experience, to staff who work to remove barriers and solve problems for students, we are here to help.

Contact a Student Success Coach

Meet the Cyber Operations and Resilience Staff and Instructors

Is The uCORe Program Military Student Ready?

Yes! The Boise State Bachelor in Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) is equipped to accommodate military service members. Whether you are active-duty, a veteran, or a civilian, Boise State’s uCORe is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

  • We apply your military credits towards your degree
  • We collaborate with you while you’re deployed to accommodate your schedule
  • When using a combination of TA and TA Promise, your tuition may be 100% covered
  • The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience is an approved AU-ABC program

More Support for Military Students

Cyber Operations Undergraduate Certificate

The Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program currently offers one undergraduate certificate. You can pursue the certificate individually or if you want to add a cyber operations emphasis into a non-cyber operations bachelor’s degree. 

The Cyber Operations Certificate is an asynchronous, online program that prepares graduates for entry- and middle-level careers in cyber operations, information security, cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems security.

Learn more about the Cyber Operations Certificate

Accreditation

Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This means the entire university meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality and is evaluated through a peer-review process. In addition, many academic programs have special accreditation or endorsement. For more information on why accreditation matters, refer to our FAQs.

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Undergraduate Cyber Students - Fall 2021

Support Cyber Students

Donate to the CORe Scholarship Fund and help a cyber student prepare for a changing world. Follow the link and select the CORe Scholarship from the drop-down menu to ensure your donation goes to cyber students.

Cyber In The News

Cyber Operations and Resilience Program Welcomes First Cohort
“This degree matters.” -current student Isaiah Moroshan on the importance of Boise State’s cyber programs
Current student Brieann Jones on preparing for the frontlines of cyber operations
Boise State Online Welcomes New Cyber Operations and Resilience Programs

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