Cyber Security Minor


Depending on a student’s background and interest, the minor can be tailored to meet individual needs. Completion of the Cyber Security Minor typically requires the following courses; modifications can be discussed with the faculty supervisor Dr. Lisa DiPippo.

Students need to declare the minor at least the semester before they intend to graduate. Using the guidelines below students should complete the Minor Declaration Form and send it to the DFCSC Program Office at


Programming Requirement

Computer Science majors fill this requirement by completing CSC 110 – Survey of Computer Science. Students who are not Computer Science majors need to acquire basic programming skills for the program and must take: CSC 201 – Programming with Data is a course in basic programming concepts, for non-Computer Science major students. Note: The programming experience course can be taken at the same time as CSF 202.

Core requirements

All students will be required to take the following courses that make up the core of the minor:
CSF 202 – Fundamentals for Cyber Security (Spring; 4 credits)
CSF 430 – Introduction to Information Assurance (Fall; 4 credits)
CSF 432 – Introduction to Network and Systems Security (Fall; 4 credits)
CSF 434 – Network and Systems Security (Spring; 4 credits)

Additional requirements

Computer Science majors must also take one additional courses from the following list or another approved course:
CSF 410 – Digital Forensics I (4 credits)
CSF 462 – Secure Programming (4 credits)
CSC 417 – Computer Communications (3 credits)
CSC 418 – Information and Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 477 – Internship in Cyber Security (4 credits)

Other faculty approved course

The following courses are also accepted. These courses are only for exceptional students who have passed all previous courses with an A- or better. These are graduate level courses and are significantly more difficult than traditional undergraduate courses. Speak with your advisor before selecting one of these courses.
CSF 524 – Advanced Incident Response (Spring; 4 credits)
CSF 536 – Advanced Intrusion Detection and Defense (Fall; 4 credits)
CSF 538 – Penetration Testing (Summer; 4 credits)