Augusta University offers new bachelor's degree program in cybersecurity

Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM EDT
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

(News 12 at 11)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Georgia's Board of Regents voted today on three new cyber programs for AU.

"Clearly, the Cyber Center and the investment that Governor Deal has made, gave us this opportunity that we just couldn't pass up," Augusta University's President Brooks Keel said.

An opportunity to add another cyber-related degree to the mix. Gretchen Caughman, the executive vice president for academic affairs, says student and teachers have been asking for more choices.

"We have a number of students who have, for awhile now, said that if we had an engineering degree around this they would really be interested," Caughman said.

The wait is over. With a unanimous vote, The Board of Regents approved a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering at AU.

"We're just another step in the process of making sure that we're providing the best state of the art education we can in terms of cybersecurity so it's an incredibly exciting day for us," Keel said.

President Keel says there's no other degree like it in the region.

"We are the first in the state of Georgia, first in the southeast," Keel said. "It's a brand new type of degree and we are really excited to be the first to offer it."

But AU didn't stop there. They also tweaked two existing degrees to give students even more options.

"We'll have a Bachelor in Cyber Operations and we'll have a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity," Keel said.

Before, AU offered only two cyber-related degrees; Information Technology and Computer Science. But now there are four majors to choose from.

"So that's what we've done, is taken the concentration in Information Technology, which was cybersecurity and it now is a stand alone degree," Caughman said. "It still has all the good things that it had before, but now it's an actual major that is fully differentiated into cybersecurity."

Most of the classes in those new degrees will be taught in the Georgia Cyber Center. And with the rapid growth in student enrollment, AU is looking to add a dozen new faculty members. Over the long term they'll hire more than 20.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A new cyber program at Augusta University is starting in fall 2019.

A unanimous vote from the Board of Regents is paving the way for students interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity. Augusta University will be adding 3 new programs; students can now get a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity engineering, cyber operations, and cybersecurity.

AU President, Brooks Keel says this is another step in the right direction. "There's been a lot of work leading up to this event 2032 and were 2033 just another step in the process of making sure that we're providing the best, state of the art education we can in terms of cyber security so it's an incredibly exciting day for us."

AU is the first university in the state of Georgia to have this bachelor’s degree program. President Keel says he hopes students can start claiming these degrees next fall.

In addition to the introduction of the new cyber program, AU says they plan to hire more than 20 new faculty members.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Students attending Augusta University have more cyber-related opportunities.

The college announces on Tuesday they will begin offering a bachelor of science in cybersecurity engineering in fall 2019.

The new program focuses on teaching students about securing integrated software and hardware systems. It also explores how people interact with the software and hardware as well as the security implications or those interactions.

In addition to engineering, AU reported they will also start two more programs in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Interested in the cyber field can earn a bachelor of science in cyber operations and a bachelor of science in cybersecurity.

In the fall of 2019, in addition to cybersecurity engineering, students will have four other cyber-related option of bachelor’s degrees: computer science, cyber operations, information technology, and cybersecurity.

The cyber operations program intends to teach students about computer science theory, practical use, and security. As for the cybersecurity program, students can expect to learn about the foundation and security of information technology.

University leaders say both programs meet NSA and Department of Homeland Security specifications for a cyber defense education.

To learn more about AU’s cybersecurity program visit




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