The rise in cyber threats has created an unprecedented demand for cybersecurity specialists. Data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities are common in today's technology and it is critical to fully understand how these attacks occur, how to prevent them, and how to recover. A cybersecurity major will understand techniques used as well as the best methods to protect data. The cybersecurity degree includes courses in programming, wireless technologies, mathematics, and networking concentrating on theory and hands-on experience.
Available for enrollment beginning in the fall 2017 semester.
The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.
|ENGL 1013 Composition I1||3||ENGL 1023 Composition II1||3|
|Fine Arts & Humanities1||3||Social Science1||3|
|U.S. History/Government1||3||MATH 2914 Calculus I||4|
|TECH 1001 Orientation to the University||1||COMS 2104 Foundations of Computer Programming I||4|
|CSEC 1113 Introduction to Networking||3||CSEC 1213 Wireless and Cellular Security||3|
|Total Hours||13||Total Hours||17|
|ELEG 2130 Digital Logic Design Lab||<0/td>||Science Sequence I2||4|
|ELEG 2134 Digital Logic Design||4||COMM 2173 Business and Professional Speaking||3|
|COMS 2203 Foundations of Computer Programming II||3||COMS 2213 Data Structures||3|
|COMS 2733 Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security||3||CSEC 2213 Forensics and Incident Response||3|
|COMS 2903 Discrete Structures for Technical Majors||3||CSEC 2223 Virtualization||3|
|CSEC 2113 Introduction to Information Systems||3|
|Total Hours||16||Total Hours||16|
|Science Sequence II2||4||Fine Arts and Humanities1||3|
|COMS 3213 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Design||3||COMS 3703 Operating Systems||3|
|MATH 3153 Applied Statistics I||3||CSEC 3223 Programming Embedded Systems||3|
|CSEC 3113 Assembly Programming||3||CSEC 3233 Cyber Defense II||3|
|CSEC 3123 Cyber Defense I||3||CSEC 3243 Computer Architecture||3|
|Total Hours||16||Total Hours||15|
|Social Sciences1||3||CSEC 4213 Information Systems Risk Management||3|
|CSEC 4123 Cryptography||3||CSEC 4233 Legal Issues in Cybersecurity||3|
|CSEC 4133 Large Scale Distributed Systems||3||CSEC 4240 Software Security Analysis and Reverse Engineering Lab||0|
|CSEC 4143 Building Secure Software||3||CSEC 4243 Software Security Analysis and Reverse Engineering||3|
|CSEC 4293 Cybersecurity Capstone Project/Internship||3|
|Electives (3000-4000 Level)||3|
|Total Hours||12||Total Hours||15|
1. See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2. May be satisfied by any 1-year science sequence that requires a lab in each course, excluding biological science courses.
Unconditional Admission Requirements
Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, age, national origin, religion, or disability in any of its practices, policies, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admission, employment, financial aid, or educational services. Arkansas Tech University complies with all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended,Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The Affirmative Action Office, Administration Building, Suite 212, has been designated to coordinate compliance efforts.
Priority Spring Application Deadline: January 1
Priority Fall Application Deadline: August 1
Entering Freshman / New Student:
New students to Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization documenting 2 MMR. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, original score reports or a certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point average is listed below:
- Composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 990 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1330 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 246. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.
Completion of graduation requirements from a public secondary school, private secondary school, or a homeschool program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university’s secondary school core curriculum, OR minimum GED score of 600.
Students who have scored accordingly on an Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University by receiving a qualifying score on the examinations. These credits can satisfy general education requirements. AP, CLEP, and IB scores should be documented on your application for admission. Submit official score reports or readable copies embossed by your high school to the Office of Admissions. Students who have earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) should submit their IB transcript for evaluation. Students who successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University.
Freshmen who do not meet unconditional admission requirements will be conditionally admitted with a minimum composite ACT score of 15, composite SAT score of 830 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1060 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 229, and by completing college core with a 2.0/4.0 grade point average or minimum GED score of 600.
Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech in the past year or have attended another college or university since last attending Tech must submit a new application for admission. Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:
- Has not attended another college since attending Tech
- Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher
Has attended another college since attending Tech
- Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Official college transcript(s) documenting a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended
Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, official transcripts from each institution previously attended, and proof of immunization.
If transferring less than 24 credit hours, an official high school transcript and ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER scores must be submitted. Transfer students with more than 24 hours, who have not completed college-level English or math, will be required to submit test scores. Arkansas Tech University will recognize transfer credit from a U.S. institution provided that the institution is accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accreditation associations, and for courses that are approved for transfer by ADHE through ACTS. Acceptance of course credit may depend on the date that the institution was accredited or the date that a course was approved for transfer by ADHE. Transfer credit for coursework from institutions outside the U.S. will be considered on an individual basis. Students seeking transfer of credit from a foreign college/university must complete a credential evaluation through a company authorized by Arkansas Tech University (a list of approved service providers can be obtained in the IMSSO or in the Registrar’s Office). Transfer credit, although accepted by the university, is not guaranteed to be applicable toward meeting degree requirements for the particular program of study selected by the transfer student. Once admitted, your academic advisor will determine which credits count toward your degree requirements.
Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:
- All transfers must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended and have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0
If you do not meet the requirements for unconditional admittance or if you need further details on any of the information above, email the Office of Admissions at email@example.com. You may also reach us by phone at 800-582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Unofficial documents can be faxed to (479) 964-0522. All final admission documents should be mailed to:
Arkansas Tech University
Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment
Brown Hall, Suite 104
105 West O Street
Russellville AR 72801-2222
Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.
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Last updated January 20, 2018