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The Computer Engineering Cybersecurity (CYCP-MN) minor in the College of Engineering covers the fields of information security, network security, and computer system security. The coursework within the CYCP minor is based upon national training standards for cybersecurity professionals, recommended by the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and the Committee on National Security Systems.

The minor (21-23.5 credits) is offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE). At least 9 credits must be at the upper division (300-400) level. Within these 9 upper division level credits, a course can be counted in only one category, that is, even if a course could satisfy either a major or minor requirement, it cannot be double-counted. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be taken at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the GPA in the minor must be at least 2.000. A minor must be completed at the time of the degree and will be so noted on the student’s transcript. A student cannot be readmitted to the University to complete only a minor.

Computer Engineering Cybersecurity Minor Tracking Sheet

Admission & Eligibility

  • Student has earned at least 24 credits.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000.
  • At least 2.500 GPA in the major.
  • Admission request to the minor and approval of study plan from the department chairperson.

The CYCP minor must include the following courses (21-23.5 credits):

  • Choose one of the following three courses:
    • ECE 160 Foundations of Computer Engineering I
    • CIS 190 Introduction to Procedural Programming
    • MTH 280 Introduction to Scientific Computation
  • Choose one of the following:
    • ECE 201 Circuit Theory I
    • ECE 211 Elements of Electrical Engineering I & ECE 251 Elements of EE Lab
    • PHY 322 Electronic Devices and Circuits II
  • ECE 256 Foundations on Cyber Security
  • Choose one of the following two courses:
    • ECE 260 Digital Logic and Computer Design
    • PHY 421 Advanced Physics Lab I
  • ECE 369 Computer Networks
  • Choose one of the following two courses:
    • ECE 489 Network Security
    • CIS 447 Network Security and Data Assurance
  • Choose one of the following three courses:
    • ECE 487 Computer Forensics
    • ECE 488 Cyber Threats and Security Management
    • CIS 442 Digital Forensics
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