Academic Certificate

Cybersecurity Foundations

Dive into the world of cybersecurity

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Credits & Duration

  • 16 credits
  • 3 quarters


  • Online - synchronous

Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

The Cybersecurity Foundations certificate will introduce you to the bedrock ideas and practices of the field of cybersecurity. Learn about the security mindset, how to protect sensitive information, the attacks that happen in the digital world, and more. 

By the end of this certificate, you’ll have an entry-level understanding of the most important aspects of cybersecurity and hands-on experience with a range of cybersecurity practices. 

Certificate Prerequisites

To earn this certificate, students are required to earn upper division science credit in Network Security, Application Security, and Security Policies and Procedures. Upper division science credit is considered to be junior-senior college level work. Other colleges/universities often use course numbers 300-499 to signify that a course is upper-division. While you may be eligible to receive upper division credit in Introduction to Cybersecurity, it is not required to earn the certificate.

Before beginning this certificate program, students should have prior programming experience and knowledge of basic Linux command line.  Additional prerequisite knowledge is also needed before beginning the following courses.

Network Security
Students must have basic knowledge of 5-layer TCP/IP protocol stack, Wireshark, and some Python programming. Students should have used ssh and Linux command line interface, but do not need to be experts.

Application Security
Students should have programming experience and basic knowledge of html, css, JavaScript, and C. 

Security Policies and Procedures
Students must complete Introduction to Cybersecurity before enrolling in this course. 

Email if you have questions about these prerequisites. 

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 16 undergraduate credits.

Introduction to Cybersecurity - Fall Quarter, 4 credits
Applications Security - Winter Quarter, 4 credits*
Network Security - Spring Quarter, 4 credits*
Security Policies and Procedures - Spring Quarter, 4 credits*

*Students are required to earn upper division science credits in these courses to earn their certificate.

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog