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Cyber Defense Undergraduate Certificate

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Why this certificate?

The Cyber Defense Undergraduate Certificate, offered through the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is available online and on campus to both degree and non-degree-seeking students. The certificate prepares students to analyze, develop, investigate, protect, and defend computer and information systems.

Who is eligible?

  • Applications for the Cyber Defense Undergraduate Certificate program are considered on a competitive basis.
  • Minumum GPA requirements are not advertised because the admissions committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing a candidate's application package.
  • Applicants are expected to have a strong foundation in computer science and software engineering, as demonstrated by past performance in the following courses (or equivalent courses):
    • COMP 1210 Fundamentals of Computing I
    • COMP 2210 Fundamentals of Coding I
    • COMP 3220 Principles of Programming Languages
    • COMP 3270 Introduction to Algorithms
    • COMP 3350 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming
    • COMP 3500 Introduction to Operating Systems
    • COMP 3700 Software Modeling and Design
    • COMP 4320 Introduction to Computer Networks
    • COMP 4370 Computer Ethics
    • COMP 5120 Database Systems 

What can you expect?

  • Students who complete the undergraduate certificate will have an understanding of fundamentals of cybersecurity.
  • Students will know prevalent cybersecurity threats, threat models (such as Man-in-the-Middle) and canonical defenses.
  • Students will have the ability to identify, assess and defend against cybersecurity threats; develop defendable and resilient network and software mechanisms; and detect and investigate cybersecurity breaches.
  • Students will be versed in techniques for gathering and preserving digital forensic evidence relating to a cyber event.
  • Students will possess a knowledge of computer science (e.g. algorithms, operating systems, computer architectures, ethics...etc.) and have the ability to leverage this knowledge for a deeper contextualized understanding of cybersecurity.
  • Students will communicate cybersecurity issues effectively.
  • Students will have the ability to apply their cybersecurity capabilities in an integrated manner to address specific cybersecurity problems.

How do I apply?

  • Contact Clint Lovelace, Manager of Academic Programs in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, at or 334.844.6313.