The Computer Security Systems (CSEC) course curriculum incorporates the best guidance from government agencies and the best features of nationally recognized security programs and security related degrees at universities and colleges in San Antonio. We continue to upgrade the curriculum when needed to include new and emerging technologies and best practices in the cybersecurity domain.
Students choosing the CSEC major must complete ECON 2301 Macroeconomics as the Behavioral Science course, MATH 2303 Probability and Statistics as the minimum math course requirement, and PHIL 3312 Logic as the second philosophy studies course.
A degree plan is a sequence of courses required for a degree. CSEC is a structured program and does not include course electives in the degree plan. This sequence is developed to ensure course material is presented and built upon as the student progresses toward degree completion.
CSEC is designed to meet additional curriculum requirements for a focused degree in cybersecurity systems as defined by the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NSA CAE-CD).
The CSEC degree shares many courses with the CIS degree plans but differs with the addition of six key courses:
Our goal is to develop students who will become enlightened and productive citizens in the community. The CSEC curriculum is designed to prepare students to be highly competitive in the rapidly changing field of cybersecurity. Graduates from the program can expect to find meaningful and interesting careers working in both the private sector in business and industry, or within a broad range of government agencies. The CSEC curriculum using three professional development methods to assist the student into becoming a leader in their field.
The CSEC curriculum consists of six specialized courses that exposes and focuses the student on the various types of jobs that exist in the cybersecurity domain. These courses include topics ranging from foundations of cybersecurity, law and ethics in cybersecurity, risk analysis and policy development, and organization security management. As the student progresses through the CSEC program, they will broaden their understanding of the career field from a combination of relevant presentation from guest speakers who are currently working in the field, along with real-world case studies involving cybersecurity. Students can further enhance their understanding of the cybersecurity domain by participating in student clubs and attending numerous seminars and conferences that are available throughout the San Antonio area.
Building on the skills and information gained from the career exploration activities, students engage in practical work experience through a monitored work experience with an employer and be given a task related to the practice of cybersecurity. Options for internships include local businesses, industry or government groups involved in the areas of the student's interest. Many summer internship opportunities can also be found throughout the United States or abroad. Registration with UIW Career Services regarding “Internship” is required. Students must obtain an internship before registering for this course; therefore, coordination and planning is required.
This course is the culmination of your CSEC experiences and is generally taken the final semester of the curriculum. Completion of a cybersecurity relevant internship is required before enrolling in the final senior course. The CSEC practicum allows students to put their skills, knowledge and experiences to work in creating a working solution or functional prototype that addresses a cybersecurity relevant challenge. Students who successfully complete this project are demonstrating their readiness to enter and compete in the workforce as a cybersecurity professional.