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Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations (CYAOP)

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Total Credits: 126
***CYBER, IST and SRA courses have enforced prerequisites***
**1 credit of IST 495-IST Internship is required**

Choose a semester:

Semester 1

Semester 1

COURSES

CREDITS

IST 140: Intro to Application Development (ETM Course)

3

CYBER 100: Computer Systems Literacy (FYS) (ETM Course)

3

MATH 110 (GQ)

4

CAS 100: Effective Speech (GWS)

3

General Education Selection

3

TOTAL CREDITS

16

Semester 2

Semester 2

COURSES

CREDITS

IST 210: Organization of Data (ETM Course)

3

IST 220: Networking and Telecommunications (ETM Course)

3

SRA 111: Introduction to SRA (GS)

3

ENGL 015 or 030 (GWS)

3

Application Focus Selection 1 (GS/GWH)

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Semester 3

Semester 3

COURSES

CREDITS

IST 242: Intermediate and OO Application Development (ETM Course)

3

CYBER 262: Cyber-Defense Studio

3

STAT 200 (GQ) (ETM Course)

4

General Education Selection

3

Application Focus Selection 2

3

TOTAL CREDITS

16

Semester 4

Semester 4

COURSES

CREDITS

IST 261: Application Development Design Studio

3

SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime

3

SRA 221: Overview of Information Security

3

IST 230: Discrete Math

3

General Education Selection

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Semester 5

Semester 5

COURSES

CREDITS

CYBER 362: Security Analytics Studio

3

IST 451: Network Security

3

SRA 231: Decision Theory and Analysis

3

SRA 365: Statistics for Security and Risk Analysis

3

ENGL 202C or 202D (GWS)

3

General Education Selection

1.5

TOTAL CREDITS

16.5

Semester 6

Semester 6

COURSES

CREDITS

CYBER 342W: Incident Handling and Response

3

IST 454: Computer and Cyber Forensics

3

SRA 311W: Risk Analysis in a Security Context

3

CYBER 366: Malware Analytics

3

Application Focus Selection 3

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Semester 7

Semester 7

COURSES

CREDITS

IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of IST

3

IST 456: Information Security Management

3

SRA 472: Integration of Privacy and Security

3

General Education Selection

3

General Education Selection

3

General Education Selection

1.5

TOTAL CREDITS

16.5

Semester 8

Semester 8

COURSES

CREDITS

CYBER 440: Cybersecurity Capstone

3

Application Focus Selection 4

3

General Education Selection

3

Elective

3

Elective 3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Customize your Focus

Students in CYAOP must take 12 credits within one of these application areas, with at least two of the courses being at the 400-level. Students will be encouraged to take introductory courses that fill enforced prerequisites in the specialization while also meeting General Education knowledge domain requirements. The student must take all twelve credits in a single application focus area. Students may not mix and match.

Geopolitics

Understanding the geopolitical landscape is key to understanding and modeling cyberthreats from nation-states and other threat actors. The Geopolitics focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in government or related consulting sectors.

Geopolitics

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

GEOG 260: Introduction to GIScience (GS) N/A
PLSC 014: International Relations (GS;IL) N/A
GEOG 333: Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards N/A
GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems GEOG 260 (GS)
PL SC 440: Globalization and Its Impacts PL SC 014
SRA 450: Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Warfare SRA 111 and SRA 231
SRA 480: Crisis Informatics SRA 111 and SRA 211

Law and Policy

Cybersecurity careers in law enforcement require knowledge of laws and policies focused on the handling of evidence related t o digital forensics and monitoring. Individuals in the private sector and government agencies must also understand and adhere to these topics as they involve cybersecurity. The Law and Policy focus is for students who want to understand law and policy as they relate to digital data.

Law and Policy

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

COMM 180: Survey Elect. Media and Telecom. (GS) N/A
CRIMJ 100: Intro to Criminal Justice (GS) N/A
CRIMJ 113: Introduction to Law (US) N/A
PL SC 014: International Relations (GS;IL) N/A
COMM 404: Telecom. Law COMM 180
CRIMJ 467: Law and Society CRIMJ 100 or CRIMJ 113
HLS/ P ADM 401: Intro Homeland Security (online) N/A
PL SC/CRIMJ 439: Politics of Terrorism PL SC 014 or CRIMJ100
PL SC 460: Science, Technology, and Public Policy 3 credits natural science or engineering; 3 credits social and behavior science
PL SC 487: International Law and Organizations PL SC 003 or PL SC 014

Economics

The Economics focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in the financial services sec tor or government. Designed to help students understand today’s financial and economic environments, this focus highlights the importance of translating the financial and economic impact of cybersecurity activities to effectively manage any program.

Economics

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

ECON 102: Intro Microeconomics Anal & Pol (GS) N/A
B LAW 243: Legal Environment of Business 3rd Semester Standing
B A 301: Finance ECON 102
ECON 302: Intermed Microeconomic Analysis (GS) ECON 102
ECON 402: Decision Making & Strategy in Econ ECON 302 and (ECON 106 or SCM 200 or STAT 200)
ECON 409: Economics of Terrorism ECON 402
PL SC 412: International Political Economy ECON 102 or 104 or 014 or IB 303

Health Care

Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies are just a few of the sectors that have strict requirements around protecting health care data. The Health Care focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in a health care environment. Understanding how information is managed in these environments will help students thrive in a health care-related career.

Health Care

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

HPA 101: Intro to Health Services Organization N/A
BB H 101: Intro Biobehavioral Health (GWH) N/A
HPA 332: Health Systems Management HPA 101
NURS 357: Intro Nursing Informatics NURS 301 and 306 and 310 and 320
BB H 440: Principles of Epidemiology (US; IL) (BB h 101 or BIOL 110) and (STAT 200 or STAT 250)
HPA 470: Healthcare Information Management HPA 332 and IST 210 and IST 220
NURS 458: Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Informatics N/A

Custom Application Focus

There is an option for a student to create a custom 4-course application focus sequence. It must be a coherent sequence of courses that provides context for the student in terms of cybersecurity content. It should contain three credits of GS coursework and must contain six credits of 400-level coursework. It must be selected in consultation with a teaching CYBER faculty member and an academic adviser.

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