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Cyber Operations

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The BAS in Cyber Operations prepares graduates for entry into a number of cyber-related occurs upations in defense, law enforcement, and private industry. The curriculum includes both offensive and defensive cyber security content delivered within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment to ensure our students have extensive hands-on experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed after they graduate. The BAS degree in Cyber Operations is a highly technical, interdisciplinary program that offers two degree tracks:

The Engineering Track is firmly grounded in the computer science, networking, and cybersecurity disciplines. The Engineering Track conforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) academic requirements for: Low Level Programming; Software Reverse Engineering; Operating System Theory; Secure Software Development & Security Analysis; Mathematics and Algorithms; Networking; Cellular & Mobile Technologies; Cloud Computing; Offensive and Defensive Cyber Operations; and Cyber Law, Ethics & Policy.

The Defense & Forensics Track encompasses the areas of offensive & defensive cyber operations, cyber threat Intelligence, malware analysis, networking, and digital forensics. The Defense & Forensics Track conforms to the academic requirements for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) for: Fundamental Security Principles, Vulnerabilities, Networking; Digital Forensics; Offensive and Defensive Cyber Operations; Introduction to Cryptography; Probability and Statistics; and Cyber Law, Ethics & Policy.

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Cyber Operations is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Mesa, Pinal County, Yuma County, Online

The Cyber Operations program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • Preferred Pathway: Associate of Applied Science degree in Cyber Security or related IT field from a regionally accredited institution

Prerequisite Course Preparation for the Major:

  • ISTA 130/CSC 110/127A/ECE 175: Programming I
  • ECE 275/CSC 120/127B: Programming II (Engineering Track Only)
  • MAT 151: College Algebra or MAT 122B: Calculus I (Engineering Track Only)
  • BASV 300/MAT 243/CSC 245: Introduction to Discrete Math for Computer Science Professionals (Engineering Track Only)
  • CYBV 301: Fundamentals of Cyber Security or:

If you do not have an AAS in Cyber Security or other related IT degree, some of the following courses at our partner community colleges, or similar courses at other institutions, are available for preparation in place of CYBV 301 before applying for transfer admission:

  • Pima: CIS 136, 119, 133, 170, 228
  • Cochise: CIS 120, [128 or 140], and at least 2 from 150, 160, 164
  • Central Arizona College: CIS 120, 123, 130, 153
  • Mesa Community College: Select 3-4 from CIS 105, [CIS 270 or CNT 205 or CIS 271DL], CNT 140AA, CIS 126L, MST 150EI
  • Arizona Western College: CIS 120, 171, 175, 270, 275

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the Cyber Operations major, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Cyber Operations report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
Program Director, Cyber Operations
Minor Offered: No
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Website: Cyberapolis Website
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Mesa, Pinal County, Yuma County, Online

Jason Denno

Program Director, Cyber Operations
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