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Cybersecurity & Information Assurance Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
This minor is intended for students who are studying in a computer-related field (software engineering, information technology management). In addition, students from other programs with sufficient IT background will be able to enroll in this minor with the goal of enabling them to work in cyber security. The minor consists of courses designed to provide students with both the technical background and the hands-on experiences along with the theoretical background that gives them a competitive edge in cybersecurity jobs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Minor Requirements
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ITM 3110 - Microcomputer Operating Systems (3.0 cr)
· NT 3120 - Networking Standards and Protocols (3.0 cr)
· NT 3215 - Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (3.0 cr)
· SE 2100 - Microcomputer Systems Architecture (3.0 cr)
· SE 3250 - Cybercrime and Digital Forensics (3.0 cr)
· Take exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· SE 2050 - Introduction to Programming I (3.0 cr)
· SE 2070 - Introduction to Programming II (3.0 cr)
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HI 3060 - Secure Data Collection and Retrieval (3.0 cr)
· HI 3215 - Health Information Assurance and Security (3.0 cr)
· SE 3510 - Essentials of Cybersecurity (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
The curriculum requirements for the online minor are the same as the on-campus minor.
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ITM 3110 - Microcomputer Operating Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to operating system concepts. Windows, Unix, Linux OS are discussed. Topics addressed include the purpose and uses of an operating system, resource management (e.g., memory, processes, I/O, and files), control language, shells, script. Enforced prereq: SE 2100
NT 3120 - Networking Standards and Protocols
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Design, implementation, and management of an enterprise network. Servers, routers, bridges, gateways, transmission media, communications protocols, network security, performance tuning. Enforced prereq: ITM 3110
NT 3215 - Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Hacking culture. Impact of computer crime and Internet fraud. How a network/systems administrator can design/implement countermeasures to defend/protect systems assets. Enforced prereq: 3120
SE 2100 - Microcomputer Systems Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Computer organization/machine architecture. Overview of computer system organization. Digital logic level, register level, operating system program interface. May use assembly language of an available machine for programming assignments.
SE 3250 - Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers the societal and legal impacts of computer activity: computer crime, intellectual property, privacy issues, legal codes; risks, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures; and methods and standards for extraction, preservation, and deposition of legal evidence in a court of law. Enforced prereq: ITM 3110
SE 2050 - Introduction to Programming I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Structured/object oriented programming with current industry accepted languages. Data, selection, and iteration structures. Input/output operations, class definitions, interfaces, exception handling, inheritance, composition, polymorphism. Recommended Prereq: MATH 1031 or 2 yrs high school algebra
SE 2070 - Introduction to Programming II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Java programming language and development process. Objects, classes, packages, applets. Enforced prereq: 2050
HI 3060 - Secure Data Collection and Retrieval
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Data manipulation in health care industry. Secure data collection techniques/tools. Data encoding. Resolving data conflicts. Data cleaning. Decision support systems. Data evolution. Data measures. Secure data retrieval techniques. Reporting applications. Data analysis techniques. prereq: 2060 or SE 3050
HI 3215 - Health Information Assurance and Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Information assurance as it relates to legal responsibilities, including HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, HITECH, and Digital Rights Management. Strategies and process models for securing information. Information assurance and security industry standards such as ISO 17799 and COBIT. Use of software tools to aid in protecting data.
SE 3510 - Essentials of Cybersecurity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of key fundamentals in cybersecurity and information assurance including current issues and essential topics. Emphasis placed on review of relevant literature in areas pertinent to the cybersecurity domain. Enforced prereq: Junior