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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Technology

SIU Student member of the Security Dawgs working on computer

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Technology (CTEC) is designed to help you launch your career straight out of college. The field of cybersecurity offers diverse career paths in both private and government sectors. Roles in private industry range from information security analysts safeguarding company data to ethical hackers probing for system weaknesses. In government roles, you might find yourself working with national intelligence agencies or defense, protecting critical systems from cyberattacks.

We have the resources of a research university, and we keep our class sizes small. That’s the best of both worlds for you. You’ll learn from and get to know faculty members who have years of industry and research experience, and they will help prepare you for the boundless opportunities in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity.

SIU Student working on a computer

Degree Requirements

The  degree program can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
  • University Core Requirements: 39 credit hours
  • Foundation Requirements : 24 credit hours
  • Major Requirements : 42 credit hours
  • General Electives: 15 credit hours

SIU Students Cybersecurity Team

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Security Dawgs clinched the top spot at the Illinois State Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, beating out rival schools and highlighting SIU's emerging cybersecurity program. With their victory, the team demonstrates the dedication of SIU's students and faculty while setting high standards for future competitions. Read the Full Story

Student Organizations

Some of your most important learning and life experiences happen outside the classroom. Welcome to our major-specific and major-adjacent RSOs, where you can network, apply your skills, compete at the collegiate level, and make lifelong friends with like-minded people.

  • SIU Security Dawgs 
  • Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys)
  • Tech Dawgs


You can start a successful career in a wide variety of fields with a degree in Cybersecurity Technology. This degree can take you into any sector that uses a computer network—from criminal justice to corporate business, healthcare to national defense.

Here are some career titles to consider:

  • Security analyst
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Information assurance engineer
  • Information systems auditor
  • Security system administrator
  • Ethical hacker
  • Security architect

Online Option

 You have options. Study on campus for the full college experience. Or earn your degree online for maximum flexibility. Our SIU faculty teach both options.

This gives you the freedom to learn and master skills in the way that works best for you.

Contact Information

Nancy Martin,
Program Director
ASA 101 B
1365 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Mary Fischer,
Academic Advisor
Engineering D104
1230 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

SIU Cybersecurity Technology