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CSEC Course Curriculum

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.

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security Systems Requirements

Minimum of 122 Credit Hours

  • 43 hours university required core course work
  • 79 hours of core comprised of a combination CIS major and CSEC specific courses

What is a Degree Plan?

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. 

How does the CSEC degree plan differ with the CIS Cybersecurity Specialization?

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 plan differs with the CIS degree plan with the addition of six key courses: 

  • CSEC 2300 Foundations of Cyber Security
  • CSEC 33XX Cyber Systems and Components
  • CSEC 3370 Law and Ethics in Cyber Security
  • CSEC 3320 Network Security Management
  • CSEC 4320 Risk Management and Policy
  • CSEC 43XX Malware Analysis

The CIS in Cybersecurity and the Cyber Security Systems share many courses in their respective programs, apart from these six courses. Students interested in a more focused curriculum in the cybersecurity domain should consider the CSEC degree plan.

Professional Development

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.

Career Exploration

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.

Internship

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.

Additional class assignments include:

  • Class discussions on student experiences with their ongoing internship
  • Developing and presenting professional elevator pitches
  • Explore options for the senior capstone project
  • Brief technical report on internship experience

Senior Practicum

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.

Examples of previous capstone projects include:  

  • An automated penetration testing computer system
  • A lightweight firewall proxy server using Raspberry Pi
  • Home automation with security monitoring capabilities
  • Biometric identification and authentication trade space analysis and demonstration
  • Bluetooth device authentication and integration for domain level access control