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Cybersecurity Focal Path

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NCAE Computer Science Cybersecurity Focal Path

The Department of Computer Science is a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD).  As part of the NCAE-CD program, BACS and BSCS students can complete a rigorous focal path in cybersecurity. A focal path is a selection of courses that covers the cybersecurity  Knowledge Units (KUs) specified by the NCAE program office. The Department of Computer Science  Cybersecurity Focal Path requires ten courses. Once you have completed these courses, you can apply for a Letter of Completion.

Required Courses (Fall 2022 and onward)

The ten courses in the Cybersecurity Focal Path are:

  • APMA/STAT 3120 Statistics

  • CS 2100 – Data Structures and Algorithms 1

  • CS 3100 – Data Structures and Algorithms 2

  • CS 3120  – Discrete Math and Theory 2

  • CS 3710 – Introduction to Cybersecurity

  • CS 2130 – Computer Systems and Organization 1

  • CS 3130 – Computer Systems and Organization 2

  • CS 4630 Defense Against the Dark Arts

  • CS 4750 Database Systems

  • CS 4457 – Computer Networks

Obtaining the Letter of Completion

Once you have completed these courses, you can apply for a Letter of Completion of the Cybersecurity Focal Path filling out this Application.

 

Previous Focal Path (Before Fall 2022)

The ten courses in the Cybersecurity Focal Path are:

  • APMA/STAT 3120 Statistics

  • CS 111x Introduction to Programming

  • CS 2150 Program and Data Representation

  • CS 3102 Theory of Computation

  • CS 4102 Algorithms

  • CS 4414 Operating Systems

  • CS/ECE 4457 Computer Networks

  • CS 4630 Defense Against the Dark Arts

  • CS 4750 Database Systems

  • CS 4760 Network Security

Obtaining the Letter of Completion

Once you have completed these courses, you can apply for a Letter of Completion of the Cybersecurity Focal Path filling out this Application.