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Academic Program Guide

Cyber Criminology (Computer Science)

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Sue Jung
Address: 203E Love Bldg, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4530
Phone: (850) 644-8700

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Criminology and Criminal Justice and Computer Science have collaborated to offer this interdisciplinary degree in Cyber Criminology. Information-related crime, cyber-forensics, and computer/network security are significant issues that affect all levels of business, government, and academia. Cyber Criminology includes both how to use computers to facilitate the study of crime and the study of how crimes are accomplished through the use of computers. Students will be prepared to do graduate work and research in this area, or to be effective employees of government, law enforcement, and industry, thereby filling the pressing need for information technology specialists who can address these issues.

Note to prospective transfer students. Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following may also be used to meet General Education and/or major requirements
COP XXXX (3) Computer Programming
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
MAC X140 (3) Precalculus
MAC X114 (3) Trigonometry
MAC X311 (4) Calculus I

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and at least half the required General Education hours including two English and two mathematics or an A.A. Degree. Cyber Criminology is not limited access.

Continuation in the major
Students must earn a C or better in CCJ 2020, CCJ 3011 and CCJ 4700 and a C minus better in all other courses that count toward the major and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students may choose to graduate through the Computer Science department in the College of Arts and Sciences or through the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Each of these colleges has special graduation and/or continuation requirements.

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences
Those choosing to pursue this major through Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the college’s requirement for proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level. Those choosing to graduate through Criminology and Criminal Justice do not need a foreign language.

Continuation/graduation requirements in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Students electing to pursue this major through the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice who earn more than four grades below C minus in Computer Criminology coursework and/or prerequisites, whether taken at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether repeated or not, will not be permitted to continue or graduate in this major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 52 hours

Required Computer Science Courses (25 hours)
COP 3363 (3) Introduction to Programming in C++ for majors OR both COP 3014 (3) Programming I AND COP 3353 (1) Introduction to UNIX
COP 3330 (3) Data Structures, Algorithms, & Generic Programming I
CIS 4360 (3) Computer Security Fundamentals
CIS 4385 (3) Cybercrime Detection and Forensics (capstone course)

Computer Science elective courses (12 hours) selected from the approved list:
CDA 3100, CEN 4020, CIS 3250, CNT 4406, CNT 4504, CNT 4603, COP 4342, COP 3252, COP 4530, COP 4610, COP 4710, IDC4140

Required Criminology Courses (24 hours)
CCJ 2020 (3) Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJ 3011 (3) Criminology
CCJ 4700 (3) Introduction to Research Methods in Criminology
CJE 3110 (3) Law Enforcement
CCJ 4938 (3) CJ System Responses to Cybercrime (capstone course)

And criminology elective courses (9 hours) selected from the approved list:
CCJ 3644, CCJ 3666, CCJ 4497, CCJ 4614, CJC 3010, CJE 4610, CJJ 4010, CJL 3510, CJL 4064.

Required Mathematics Course (3 hours)
MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Mathematics

Minor: a minor is not required.

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond major)
COP 3014 (3) or COP3363 (3) meets this requirement.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with any University approved college-level course such as SPC 1017 or SPC 2608.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework* 16
Major Coursework 52
Minor Coursework 0
Foreign Language 0-12 (language proficiency required of Arts and Sciences students)
Digital Literacy 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0-3 hours
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Prerequisite courses in mathematics may also be counted as part of General Education and COP 3014/3363, a required course in the major, may also be used to meet the computer programming prerequisite.

No CGS courses, and no internship courses such as CIS 3943r Internship in Computer Science will count toward the requirements for Cyber Criminology.


Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work either for law enforcement agencies as information crime specialists (sworn or unsworn) or within companies or organizations as network security specialists.

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