Cybersecurity Minor

Chair: Daniel Joyce, Ph.D.
Office Location: Mendel Science Center Rm. 161
Telephone: (610) 519-7307

Engineering Students should contact:
Minor Director: Danai Chasaki, Ph.D.
Office Location: Tolentine Hall Rm 435A
Telephone: (610) 519-4979


The Department of Computing Sciences seeks to provide outstanding education, to advance scholarship, and to engage in activities that benefit society as a whole, in accordance to the University mission. The Department aims to equip students with a solid foundation in computer science, and to prepare them for lifelong independent learning and innovative thinking in a constantly changing discipline. Its faculty members strive to maintain professional currency, and to involve students and colleagues in their research investigations. These endeavors support the University mission to transmit, pursue, and discover knowledge in an atmosphere of collegiality in the university community. Supported by a liberal arts education, the Department seeks to develop the total person, sensitive to social and ethical concerns affected by the computing discipline, and committed to addressing the needs of a diverse and interconnected modern society.

MINOR: Cybersecurity (25 credits)

Offered jointly through the Departments of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering. The program provides students with a solid foundation in the principles of cybersecurity; equips students with the technical skills and knowledge to address constantly evolving cybersecurity threat; promotes independent study and self-reliance so students can keep pace with rapid technological advancement; and prepares graduates to enter the workforce as cybersecurity professionals

Program Notes:

  • Courses that fulfill minor requirements may be used to fulfill other requirements (i.e., primary major, core curriculum, minors, concentrations, or free electives).
  • Computer Science majors: at least two of the courses taken for the minor may not also be applied to the major. They must be used as free electives.
  • Topics, capstone, and independent study courses must be in the cybersecurity area and approved by the cybersecurity minor curriculum committee.
Algorithms & Data Structures  +
Core Cybersecurity Electives  +
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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2023 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 





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