Certificate programs provide interested students a credential for successfully completing a particular set of courses in conjunction with any major.

They may be earned in addition to a degree or as a stand-alone program of study for students who have already earned a degree. Certificates are intended to encourage and document focused study of a particular area of interest. 

Completed cyber certificates appear as part of a student's transcript to provide a documented credential of this study. Certificates should not be confused with professional certifications awarded by bodies outside the university, although certificates can be a good stepping stone to obtaining professional certifications.

Cyber Defender Certificate

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The goal of the Cyber Defender Certificate is to prepare certificate earning graduates for entry-level information technology positions such as system administration, entry-level Security Operation Center (SOC) security analyst, etc.

To earn the Cyber Defender Certificate, students must complete the following courses with grades of "C" or better:

Required Courses

CSCI 1301 - Principles of Computer Programming I

A rigorous study of the principles of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving methods which result in correct, well-structured programs. Other topics: an introduction to data representation, data types and control structures, functions, and structured data types.

AIST 2320 or MINF 3614 - Introduction to Networking

AIST 2320: Introduces networking technology to include networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, or CSCI 1301 with a grade of C or better. Credit not allowed for both CSCI 2320 & MINF 3614.

MINF 3614: Business introduction to networking technology including networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120, or MINF 3612 with a minimum grade of C and full admission into the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Note: credit not allowed for both MINF 3614 and AIST 2320.

CSCI 3270 Operating Systems is an alternate for this course, but cannot be used as a required course if it is being used as an elective.

CSCI 3520 - Introduction to Cyber Security

Overview of information security practices and needs. Topics include information security, types of attacks, risk analysis and management, security technologies, and basic information security implementation. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 2700 and either AIST 2320 or MINF 3614, or permission of instructor.

CSCI 2700 - Ethics in Computer Science

A study of the ethical, social and legal impacts of computers and their applications. Specific attention will be paid to professional responsibility, issues of privacy, property rights, legal issues and real risks. Corequisite: CSCI 1301.

Electives

AIST 3410 or CSCI 3410 - Database Management Systems

AIST 3410: Designing, developing, and maintaining database resources is treated, emphasizing application of established database development tools within a structured development method. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 and MINF 3650 with a grade of C or better and full admission into the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

CSCI 3410: This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3400 with a grade of C or better.

AIST 2330 - System Administration

A basic study of the UNIX operating system geared towards the operating system user, future system administrator, and security officer. Topics include listing, finding, displaying and printing files; system security; command-line editing; handling backups, system resources, and file permissions; script programming; and other administrative tasks. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3531 - Introduction to Defensive Cyber Operations

Overview of network security activities and techniques. Heavy use of information security tools will be demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite(s): AIST 2330 or CSCI 2330 and AIST 3520 or CSCI 3520 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.

CSCI 3532 - Cyber Network Defense and Counter Measures

Emphasis placed on understanding the tools and devices used to secure a computer network (i.e. firewall, IDS, IPS). Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3521 or CSCI 3531 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3541 - Digital Forensics

Overview of information security forensics activities. Topics include digital forensics investigative basics, techniques, and digital forensics examination criteria. Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3520 or permission of instructor.

MATH 2210 - Elementary Statistics

A study of frequency distributions of data, graphical and numerical presentations of data, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation and goodness of fit. (Credit will not be given for both MATH 2210 and MATH 3110.)

CSCI 1302 - Principles of Computer Programming II

A continuation of problem solving methods and algorithm development. Topics include data structures and their implementation, algorithm development and programming. The emphasis is on program development and style. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 (grade of C or better).

CSCI 3271 - Operating Systems

A study of computer operating systems and related computer architecture topics. Topics include process management, scheduling, synchronization, deadlock, memory management, and virtual memory. Labs illustrate operating systems principles. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

This Course is an alternate to the required AIST 2320 or MINF 3614 Introduction to Networking course.  However, this course cannot be used as a required course if it is being used as an elective.

CSCI 3370 - Assembly Programming

A study of computer systems and programming at the assembly language level. Topics include computer structure, instruction execution, addressing techniques, digital representation of data, assemblers and associated system programs, and control of input/output devices. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 4280 - TCP/IP Protocol Analysis

Introduces network packet analysis and network traffic analysis techniques. Course provides in-depth coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. Popular diagnostic tools are used to monitor protocols in action and to understand how the network protocols work. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3271, CSCI 2320, or AIST 2320 with a grade of C or better.

MINF 3650 - Management Information Systems

Develops a broad understanding of the role of information technology, systems, and resources, especially in business settings. Prerequisite(s): Full admission into the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.


Cyber Defender Certificate earners are not considered experts in the information security field, but eager professionals that show promise, interest, and with follow-on education, training and experience will be extremely valuable information security employees. This certificate may be earned by any major at Augusta University.

All Augusta University undergraduate IT (AIST) degree earners and twenty-five percent of all computer science degree earners achieve this basic cyber defender certificate.

Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate

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The goal of the Advanced Cyber Defender Certification arms graduates with the specific, core skills needed to be successful in entry cybersecurity positions like network defense monitoring, penetration testing, vulnerability analyst, etc.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the following courses with grades of "C" or better:

Required Courses

CSCI 1301 - Principles of Computer Programming I

A rigorous study of the principles of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving methods which result in correct, well-structured programs. Other topics: an introduction to data representation, data types and control structures, functions, and structured data types.

CSCI 1302 - Principles of Computer Programming II

A continuation of problem solving methods and algorithm development. Topics include data structures and their implementation, algorithm development and programming. The emphasis is on program development and style. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 (grade of C or better).

AIST 2320 or MINF 3614 - Introduction to Networking

AIST 2320: Introduces networking technology to include networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, or CSCI 1301 with a grade of C or better. Credit not allowed for both CSCI 2320 & MINF 3614.

MINF 3614: Business introduction to networking technology including networking standards, networking media, networking hardware, access methods, network operating systems, TCP/IP basics, network security and the fundamentals of local area network and wide area network technologies. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120, or MINF 3612 with a minimum grade of C and full admission into the Hull College of Business. Note: credit not allowed for both MINF 3614 and AIST 2320.

AIST 2330 - System Administration

A basic study of the UNIX operating system geared towards the operating system user, future system administrator, and security officer. Topics include listing, finding, displaying and printing files; system security; command-line editing; handling backups, system resources, and file permissions; script programming; and other administrative tasks. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1200, CSCI 1210, CSCI 1301, CSCI 2120 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3520 - Introduction to Cyber Security

Overview of information security practices and needs. Topics include information security, types of attacks, risk analysis and management, security technologies, and basic information security implementation. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 2700 and either AIST 2320 or MINF 3614, or permission of instructor.

AIST 3410 or CSCI 3410 - Database Management Systems

AIST 3410: Designing, developing, and maintaining database resources is treated, emphasizing application of established database development tools within a structured development method. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 and MINF 3650 with a grade of C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3410: This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3400 with a grade of C or better.

CSCI 3531 - Introduction to Defensive Cyber Operations

Overview of network security activities and techniques. Heavy use of information security tools will be demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite(s): AIST 2330 or CSCI 2330 and AIST 3520 or CSCI 3520 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.

MATH 2210 - Elementary Statistics

A study of frequency distributions of data, graphical and numerical presentations of data, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation and goodness of fit. (Credit will not be given for both MATH 2210 and MATH 3110.)

CSCI 3532 - Cyber Network Defense and Counter Measures

Emphasis placed on understanding the tools and devices used to secure a computer network (i.e. firewall, IDS, IPS). Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3521 or CSCI 3531 with a C or better or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3541 - Digital Forensics

Overview of information security forensics activities. Topics include digital forensics investigative basics, techniques, and digital forensics examination criteria. Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3520 or permission of instructor.

CSCI 3271 - Operating Systems

A study of computer operating systems and related computer architecture topics. Topics include process management, scheduling, synchronization, deadlock, memory management, and virtual memory. Labs illustrate operating systems principles. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1302 with C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 4280 - TCP/IP Protocol Analysis

Introduces network packet analysis and network traffic analysis techniques. Course provides in-depth coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. Popular diagnostic tools are used to monitor protocols in action and to understand how the network protocols work. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3271, CSCI 2320, or AIST 2320 with a grade of C or better.

CSCI 2700 - Ethics in Computer Science

A study of the ethical, social and legal impacts of computers and their applications. Specific attention will be paid to professional responsibility, issues of privacy, property rights, legal issues and real risks. Corequisite: CSCI 1301. 

MINF 3650 - Management Information Systems or CSCI 3400 - Data Structures

MINF 3650: Develops a broad understanding of the role of information technology, systems, and resources, especially in business settings. Prerequisite(s): Full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3400: A study of the techniques for representation and manipulation of structured data within a digital computer. Programming assignments illustrating a variety of data structures.