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Cyber Defense Undergraduate Certificate

Course Catalog

Why this certificate?

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

You are eligible to apply if...

  • Applicants must have a strong foundation in CSSE (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 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 
    • COMP 4300 Computer Architecture
  • 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.

Program Requirements

  • Complete the following six courses (15 credit hours) in computer science and software engineering:
    • COMP 5350 Digital Forensics  
    • COMP 5370 Computer and Network Security 
    • COMP 5530 Secure Cloud Computing
    • COMP 5700 Secure Software Process
    • COMP 5830 Cyber Threats and Countermeasures

What can you expect?

  • Students who complete the undergraduate certificate should gain an understanding of fundamentals of cybersecurity.
  • Students will learn to identify prevalent cybersecurity threats, threat models (such as Man-in-the-Middle), and canonical defenses.
  • Students will be able to identify, assess, and defend against cybersecurity threats; develop defendable and resilient network and software mechanisms; and detect and investigate cybersecurity breaches.
  • Students will learn techniques for gathering and preserving digital forensic evidence relating to a cyber event.
  • Students will build on their existing foundation in computer science (e.g., algorithms, operating systems, computer architectures, and ethics) and have the ability to leverage this knowledge for a deeper 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.

Applying for the Cyber Defense Undergraduate Certificate

  • Contact Clint Lovelace, manager of academic programs in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, at jcl0014@auburn.edu or 334.844.6313.