Cyber Security Engineering - Information for Accreditation
Details About the Program
The mission of the undergraduate program in Cyber Security Engineering (CYSE) is to equip students with the ability to participate actively and productively in the engineering of a system that satisfies the needs of clients over the life cycle of the system. This includes the quantitative design of systems with proactive consideration and mitigation of cyber threats throughout the development life cycle. The term system is interpreted broadly, to be used in all industries to include but not limited to transportation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, government (federal, state, and local), and defense.
The CYSE Undergraduate mission is consistent with both the George Mason University and the Volgenau School of Engineerin undergraduate missions. The Mason mission emphasizes that a graduate should be “knowledgeable of important issues affecting the world; think critically and creatively and demonstrates professional competence; and is equipped to make positive and meaningful changes in society.” Our curriculum gives emphasis to both soft and technical skills and shaping students to think critically and behave ethically and professionally in their careers. The CYSE undergraduate mission is completely aligned with the Volgenau School of Engineering undergraduate mission and the outcomes we expect from our students.
Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The CYSE Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) support the missions of the university and the school and were determined in consultation with the CYSE program constituencies (faculty, CYSE Industry Advisory Board members, and students). The major of bachelor of science degree in Cyber Security Engineering has three educational objectives. Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security Engineering at George Mason University are expected within three to five years after graduation to be professionals who:
- Establish themselves in a successful cyber security engineering career in industry or government
- Communicate and perform ethically and effectively as members or leaders of multi-disciplinary teams
- Stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, graduate school, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing
Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Graduates of the George Mason University's bachelor of science program in Cybersecurity Engineering will have demonstrated the following competencies:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
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