Cybersecurity and Economics, BS

The cybersecurity and economics combined degree applies a multidisciplinary approach integrating fundamental economics courses with a strong programming foundation. Students will study both the behavior of individuals and the collective behavior of industries and governments, utilizing computing skills to ensure the reliability and security of cyberspace.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Cybersecurity Major Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar1
or ECON 1000 Economics at Northeastern
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamentals Courses
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3650Computer Systems4
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
Cybersecurity Required Courses
CY 2550Foundations of Cybersecurity4
CY 3740Systems Security4
CY 4740Network Security4
CY 4170The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Data and Digital Technologies4
or CY 5240 Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Cybersecurity Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Logic and Computation
Mobile and Wireless Systems
Programming Languages
Software Development
Large-Scale Parallel Data Processing
Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval
Machine Learning and Data Mining 1
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Software Vulnerabilities and Security
Human Computer Interaction
Embedded Design: Enabling Robotics
Fundamentals of Digital Design and Computer Organization
and Lab for EECE 2322
Computer Architecture and Organization
Microprocessor-Based Design
and Lab for EECE 4534
Number Theory 1
Introduction to Cryptography
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Global Criminology
Crime Prevention
Corporate Security: Securing the Private Sector
Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Technology and Human Values
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Public Policy and Administration
Law and Society
International Law
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1

Supporting Course

Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Calculus for Business and Economics

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
Complete one of the following:4
First-Year Writing
First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
Advanced Writing for Prelaw
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Economics Requirements

Required Courses
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 2316Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 2350Statistics4
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4
Complete 4 ECON electives that are found in the following ranges, with at least two numbered at ECON 3000 or above:16
ECON 1200 to ECON 1999
ECON 3000 to ECON 4689
ECON 4900 to ECON 4999
ECON 5200 to ECON 5999

Integrative Requirement

Complete one of the following:4
Senior Economics Seminar
Cybersecurity Capstone
Research Projects on National Security
Integrative Requirement
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4

Required General Electives

Complete 24 credits of general electives.24

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

Economics GPA Requirement 

Grades in the following 4 Economics courses must average to a minimum of C (2.000):

ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 2316Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 2350Statistics4
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required.

Sample Plan of Study: Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CY 25504Elective4Elective4
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ECON 11164  
ENGW 11114MATH 13414  
ECON 11154   
 19 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 30004 Elective4Co-op
CS 36504CS 12101Elective4 
ECON 23154CS 37004  
ECON 23504ECON 23164  
 ECON elective 14  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCY 37404ECON elective 34Co-op
 ECON 25604ENGW 33024 
 THTR 11701  
 Cybersecurity Elective4  
 ECON elective 24  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
Co-opCY 41704  
 CY 47404  
 ECON elective 44  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134