Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate

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Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate Program Overview

High-profile breaches of sensitive data are increasing and underscore the need for cyber security professionals who are trained to prevent them. Our 14-credit online Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate equips you with the technical and strategic knowledge needed to describe and identify cyber security issues in IT operations and software, and the techniques, skills, and tools that can prepare you for an entry-level cyber security job. Our program’s asynchronous, 100% online format gives you the flexibility to learn on your own schedule, anywhere.

 

Cyber Security Career Potential  
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for cyber security professionals is growing rapidly. Earning your Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate from The University of Texas Permian Basin can be the first step toward a cyber security career in roles including:

  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • System Administrator

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate Courses

Our online Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate program consists of four courses, for a total of 14 credit hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
COSC 1430 - Introduction to Computer Science I
16 weeks
4
Computer organization, algorithm design, programming, and elementary data structures. Introduction to programming in a high-level language.
Prerequisites: MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics MATH 2412 - Precalculus
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023
COSC 2430 - Introduction to Computer Science II
16 weeks
4
Data structures, data abstraction, information hiding. Advanced programming in the language of the current COSC 1430.
Prerequisites: COSC 1430 - Introduction to Computer Science I
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023
COSC 3315 - Information Systems Design and Cyber Security
16 weeks
3
Computer systems and relationships between hardware and software components. Emphasis on business system design and analysis.
Prerequisites: COSC 2430 - Introduction to Computer Science II
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023
COSC 4375 - Introduction to Computer Security
16 weeks
3
A consideration of security problems in computing, with emphasis on legal issues. Topics include cryptography fundamentals and data security, security of cryptosystems, operating system security, malware, network security, web security, security models and practices, distributed applications security, such as database security, email security, and social networking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Spring 2023

As a Transfer Student Seeking the Certificate Only (Non-Degree)

 

Please provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from the last school you attended or are currently attending to show that you are in good standing
  • Completed transient application through www.applytexas.org

 

As an Incoming Freshman Admission Seeking the Certificate Only (Non-Degree)

 

If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:

 

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
  • Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
  • OPTIONAL AT THIS TIME: SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
  • Completed application through www.applytexas.org

 

In addition, you may need to provide other transcripts to show proof that you meet any course prerequisite requirements.

 

If you wish to add this certificate as part of an existing degree program, you may do so once you’re formally admitted into the degree program. Speak with your academic advisor and let them know your interest in adding the courses necessary to complete the certificate.

 

Official Transcripts


Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

 

Minimum Score Requirements

 

High School Graduation Class Rank

SAT

ACT

Top 25%

No minimum score

No minimum score

2nd Quarter

1020

20

3rd Quarter

1160

24

4th Quarter

1280

27

 

Application Fee

 

The application fee is $40.

 

If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

 

Test-Optional Policy

 

Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided. 

 

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
yuan_q@utpb.edu

Dr. Yuan holds a PhD in computer science from Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include mobile computing, routing protocols, peer-to-peer computing, cloud systems, and network security. The purpose of his research is to develop new concepts, algorithms, and techniques and to harness existing techniques in network and security applications. He is currently head of the computer science graduate program and the Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate program at UT Permian Basin.

Professor
Department of Computer Science
lee_i@utpb.edu

Dr. Ilhyun Lee holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests are in computer systems on operating systems, real-time systems, and database systems. The purpose of his research is to develop new concepts, algorithms, and techniques and to utilize the existing techniques in real-world applications. All of his research includes both theoretical and practical methods. He is currently chair of computer science and information systems programs.

Professor
Department of Computer Science
lee_h@utpb.edu

Dr. Haesun Lee holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her primary areas of interest are programming languages, object-oriented software design, and real-time operating systems. She has published and continues to do research in the areas of scheduling (bounded predictable tasks, periodic tasks, soft aperiodic tasks, and more), development process (conceptual through detailed), and validation methods and approaches (theoretical and practical applications). The purpose of her research is to develop new concepts and algorithms and apply them to real-world problems. Dr. Haesun Lee was a recipient of the 2006 UTPB Outstanding Teacher Award.

Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
vuckovic_v@utpb.edu

Mr. Vuckovic is a full-time lecturer in computer science. He graduated from The University of Texas Permian Basin in 2012 and in the same year joined the computer science department. His interests are in object-oriented programming, software engineering, database systems, and robotics. In the spring of 2014, Mr. Vuckovic was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
gyawali_s@utpb.edu

Dr. Gyawali received a PhD in computer engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is currently an assistant professor in the department of computer science. His research interests include misbehavior detection, cyber security, cellular-based vehicular communications, machine learning, and intelligent transportation systems. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.

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