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Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience Classes and Scheduling

The online cybersecurity bachelor’s degree curriculum prepares you to view and think of systems holistically and determine how resiliency can be achieved.

The online cybersecurity bachelor’s degree offers the following:

  • Application, not just theory
  • Internship opportunities to build competency
  • Courses taught by cyber industry practitioners

Content on this page 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.

Pathways to Achievement

The asynchronous, online curriculum provides several different pathways to an undergraduate cyber degree:

Start Anywhere

Pathways for high school students (traditional and technical education), community college graduates and working professionals.


Accelerated degree curriculum for learners looking to achieve maximum career opportunity in the shortest time frame possible.


Stackable credential pathways for learners to achieve career alignment without the need for long-term program commitments.

Real-World Experience

Practice what you have learned in your classes and gain hands-on experience with the program’s online Cyber Operations and Resilience Learning Lab.

Classes and Scheduling Options

Interested in earning graduate credits during your undergraduate career?

The accelerated Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience allows selected undergraduate students to begin their graduate coursework while earning their bachelor’s degree.

The graduate coursework students complete in this program can be used to satisfy requirements in both their undergraduate and graduate programs.

Learn More About The Accelerated Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience Program

Students who are interested in taking graduate cyber classes but aren’t ready to start the master’s program immediately after receiving their bachelor’s degree should contact the graduate program’s student success coach.

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

CORE 400 Cyber Systems Thinking

An introduction to systems thinking, lateral thinking, and resilience thinking as they relate to cybersecurity. Topics include understanding the complexity/interconnectedness cybersecurity, applying lateral thinking in solving cyber problems, interacting among people, processes, and technologies, and managing disturbances/surprises/uncertainty to be more resilient.

CORE 405 Cyber Project Management and Design

Develop cybersecurity project management skills and provides a roadmap for implementing cybersecurity technologies and process changes into organizations and projects. Principles and applied techniques to be discussed include risk assessment, project coordination, threat intelligence, communication, schedule, and cost management.

CORE 470 Cyber Risk Management

An overview of cybersecurity risk management frameworks and practices. Students will model cybersecurity risks and apply both qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods.

CORE 480 Cyber Capstone

Capstone design experience integrating previous coursework with cyber operations and resilience design theory and methodology.

CPS 301 Information Assurance and Critical Thinking

Topics related to business needs and requirements, information assurance, information security, risk management, logic, communication and critical thinking in cyber-security or cyber-physical systems security. The course also examines the components of a comprehensive information assurance plan, day-to-day operation enterprise risk management, NIST cybersecurity framework, and NIST risk management framework.

CPS 401 Defensive Security

Provides a baseline of fundamental knowledge of defensive security. Includes systems engineering, scripting, cyber-informed engineering, cyber-kill chain, cloud security, MITRE ATT&CK human elements, logging, detection, prevention, monitoring, policies, programs, and procedures at different levels of an information system. Discusses creating and assessing security architectures, including DoDAF, SABSA, and MORDA.

CPS 402 Offensive Security

Discusses the tools and techniques used to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a lawful and legitimate manner, along with the tools and techniques to strengthen security of systems. Discusses network mapping, cloud security, scripting, basic IETF protocols and analyze how they work and how they have been exploited.

CPS 403 Recovery and Forensics

Introduces the techniques and skills needed in computer forensics and data recovery. From the use of enterprise computer forensics tools to analyze trace evidence left behind by unauthorized access.

CPS 411 Foundational Essentials for IT Network Practitioners

A guided course with the goal of obtaining network industry relevant certification. The objective is to obtain networking credential by covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure, describe networking technologies, basic design principles, and adhere to wiring standards and use testing tools.

CPS 412 Foundational Essentials for IT Cybersecurity Practitioners

A guided course with the goal of obtaining industry relevant certification. The objective is to obtain cybersecurity certification with the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to identify and address potential threats, attacks and vulnerabilities and establish techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

Cyber Depth Courses

CORE 401 Cyber Risk Assessment

Study of risk assessment and management techniques, methods, and models used in industry to minimize, control and communicate risks, including NIST and OWASP.

CORE 410 Applied Cybersecurity Programming

An introduction to Python and Powershell, and how these can be used to simplify cyber related tasks.

CORE 411 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

An overview of how machine learning and artificial learning can be applied to cybersecurity.

CORE 413 Internet of Things Architecture

Introduction to embedded systems, basic concepts of IoT, and making smart things. Covers IoT architecture including sensor, hardware, firmware, internet connection, and data mining.

CORE 420 Cyber Security Operations Center

An overview of centralized security functions where people, processes, and technology are employed to continuously monitor and improve an organization’s security posture while preventing, detecting, analyzing, and responding to cybersecurity incidents.

CORE 421 Cyber Business and Regulatory Operations

Introduction to existing regulations that companies and organizations must follow to safeguard information and systems.

CORE 422 Cyber Red and Blue Teams

A study of how to think like a blue team and how to think like a red team.

CORE 450 Cyber Threat Intelligence

Study and experimentation of platforms, open source tools, and techniques for cyber threat intelligence. Connection between cyber threat intelligence and risk assessment. Advanced practicum in artificial intelligence applications in cyber threat intelligence.

CORE 460 Cyber Resilience Systems Design

A study of resilient systems, networks and infrastructure design on the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises.

Applied Learning Courses

CORE 484 CORe Experiential Learning

Variable credit hour course based on activities such as cyber competitions. Records will be provided to show evidence of learning. (Pass/Fail.)

CORE 485 CORe Prior Learning

Variable credit course based on prior learning from work performed in the workplace or activities such as cyber competitions. Records will be provided to show evidence of learning. (Pass/Fail.)

CORE 486 CORe Certification

Variable credit hour course based on cybersecurity industry certification. Records will be provided to show evidence of learning and completion of certification. (Pass/Fail.)

CORE 493 Internship

Internship credits are earned in supervised fieldwork specifically related to a student’s major. To enroll in courses numbered 293 or 493, a student must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher. No more than 12 credits of internship and/or Work U may be applied towards graduation requirements.


Boise State maintains authorization to offer online programs in Idaho and beyond. Detailed information about state authorization is available on the eCampus Center website.

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