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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Global Policy (CYGLPOLBS)Cybersecurity and Global Policy Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The B.S. provides students with both technical and policy expertise in a rapidly expanding field, one in which there is high demand for skilled professionals. Through pursuing this degree, students will gain a sophisticated understanding of programming, data structures, networked systems, and security protocols. They will also learn about the wide range of privacy, cultural, economic, legal, and security issues surrounding the field of cybersecurity. They will learn to assess risk, explore possible responses to cyber attacks, and examine how cybersecurity crosses national boundaries and thereby challenges traditional, state-oriented understandings and responses. Upon graduation, students should be able to work closely and communicate effectively with a wide range of both technical and policy experts in the public, nonprofit, and private realms.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 71.5 credit hours (74.5 with the addenda requirement), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Technical, Policy, and Social Foundations.
    1. Introduction to Informatics. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics
      • INFO-H 101 Introduction to Informatics, Honors
    2. Mathematical Foundations of Informatics. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics
      • INFO-H 201 Mathemetical Foundations of Informatics, Honors
    3. Introduction to International Studies. One (1) course:
    4. Culture in the Digital Age. One (1) course:
    5. Introduction to International Law and Legal Institutions. One (1) course:
    6. Origin and Evolution of International Law. One (1) course:
  2. Cybersecurity Core.
    1. Diplomacy, Security, Governance. One (1) course:
    2. Analytical Foundations of Security. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 230 Analytical Foundations of Security
    3. Introduction to the Mathematics of Cybersecurity. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 231 Introduction to the Mathematics of Cybersecurity
    4. Introduction to International Relations. One (1) course:
    5. Informational Infrastructure I. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I
    6. Informational Infrastructure II. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II
    7. Systems Programming with C and Unix. One (1) course:
    8. Ethics and Decision-Making in International Politics. One (1) course:
    9. Security for Networked Systems. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 430 Security for Networked Systems
    10. Systems & Protocol Security & Informational Assurance. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 433 Systems and Protocol Security and Information Assurance
    11. Cybersecurity, Policy, and Governance. One (1) course:
    12. Capstone. At least three (3) credit hours:
  3. Other Requirements.
    1. Area Studies. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional courses with program approval
    2. Intelligence. One (1) course:
      • ILS-Z 331 Strategic Intelligence
      • ILS-Z 351 Moles, Deception, and Counterintelligence
    3. International Diplomacy and Security. One (1) course:
    4. Data Visualization. One (1) course:
  4. Addenda Requirement*.
    1. Mathematical Modeling. One (1) of the following:
      • Both of the following:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 2 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.