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University of Wisconsin adds cybersecurity degree

The University of Wisconsin (UW) – Whitewater has established a new degree in cybersecurity for its over 10,000 students, according to a recent press release.

The Whitewater campus houses a Cybersecurity Center for Business that provides cybersecurity education and training for businesses, local governments and educational institutions throughout the region. The campus has launched an online M.S. in Cybersecurity and recently received UW System Board of Regents approval to provide a new B.S. in Cybersecurity, only the second such undergraduate degree offered in the UW System.

The Wisconsin university’s new undergraduate cybersecurity program will offer both a major and a minor as well as three emphases, including a cyber operations emphasis that is designed to offer a seamless transfer pathway for two-year technical college graduates.

The interdisciplinary program will involve faculty and coursework from the departments of computer science, mathematics, and sociology as well as colleagues in the department of information technology and supply chain management in the university’s business college. Coursework within the degree includes intro to cybersecurity, intrusion detection, information assurance and security, statistics, discrete mathematics, programming, cryptography and network and computer systems security.

In a collaboration with the university’s Cybersecurity Center for Business, the center’s cyber range will be used for hands-on simulation practice. The degree’s capstone will be in cybersecurity systems engineering and aims to train the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

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