Sep 21, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Computing Major, B.S. (Cybersecurity and Modern Networks)

Department Information

Department of Computing
PO Box 70711
Phone: (423) 439-5328
Fax: (423) 439-7119
Web address:

The Cybersecurity and Modern Networks concentration supplements the core curriculum with courses in secure software development and systems deployment; cloud, wireless, and mobile computing; and sensor-based (Internet of Things) computing. This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in computer security and in networking-enabled application development. This concentration is also recommended for those who plan to do graduate work in cybersecurity.

Grade Requirement Policy

For satisfactory progression in the major or minor, the student must attain:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 or better; and
  2. A GPA of 2.5 or better in all computing courses; and
  3. A grade of B- or better in CSCI 1250  and CSCI 1260 .
  4. A grade of “C-” or better in all other major requirements. This includes both common core and concentration-specific courses and all courses from other departments that satisfy major requirements.
  5. A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1010  and ENGL 1020 .

All computing majors or minors may attempt CSCI courses a maximum of three times. An attempt is defined as registering for and remaining in a class until the last day to drop the course without a ‘W’ grade as specified in the Academic Calendar. (Earning a grade in the class, including W or WF, counts as an attempt.)

If a student, following a third attempt to take a given course, fails to earn a grade that meets the Department’s standard for minimal performance in that course as specified in the Catalog, the student will be barred from further opportunity to enroll in that class. If this class is integral to that student’s current program of study, the student will be required to change his/her program of study. Depending on the course, this may disqualify the student from continuing in a minor; in one or more concentrations; or in the major.

A student may file an appeal with the Chair of the Department of Computing requesting a fourth attempt to take a course. Such an appeal can only be made once by a student concerning any and all CSCI courses.

All concentrations must complete 124 credits, including the ETSU General Education Requirements, the common computing core, and the concentration-specific courses.

CISC majors must pass the proficiency exam or complete CSCI 1100 - Using Information Technology  prior to accumulating 30 credits.

Admissions Policy

Admission to the Cybersecurity and Modern Networking concentration is by Departmental approval only. Students interested in the CSMN program are advised to enter the Computer Science concentration their freshman year. Students may apply for entrance to the CSMN concentration after having completed the following foundational classes:

As a part of the application process, students must commit to the cohort’s requirements regarding class scheduling and present a statement of academic/career goals. A faculty committee will evaluate applicants based on their academic work to date, particularly in the foundation course set, and an assessment of their potential to achieve success in the program.

One cohort will be admitted each fall. To maintain good standing in the cohort, students must take and successfully complete all upper level program courses in one attempt. Students failing to do so will face extended time to graduate. In this situation, students may wish to transfer to another Computing concentration.

Graduation Policy

Graduation Requirement:

Students must successfully complete the Computing Senior Exam (CSE) before graduation. Students are eligible to complete the CSE during the student’s last semester at East Tennessee State University. The CSE is administered in-person within the Testing Center on ETSU’s main campus, at approved off-campus instructional sites, or other department-approved locations. Students who do not successfully complete the CSE must retake the CSE at a time and location designated by the Department and continue to retake the CSE until completion. For more information about completing the CSE, please contact the Department’s Academic Advisor.

Degree Requirements: 124 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 80 credits
     Major Core    (36 credits)
     Concentration    (41 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (3 credits)
Free Electives 2-3 credits
TOTAL 124 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CISC-BS (CSMN-Cohort A)  

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CISC-BS (CSMN-Cohort B)  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:  

  • MATH 1910   
  • 8 credits of Natural Science excluding those for non-science majors

Total Requirements for Computing Major: 80 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 3 credits

One approved CSCI elective for a total of 3 credits.

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 2-3 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

International Student Seminar Policy

International Students : Must complete 4 credits of International Student Seminar  as part of their undergraduate program.