Cybersecurity, Minor

School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems

College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences

Computing, and Cyber Systems, prepares students with a broad understanding of cybersecurity and opens doors to careers that require renaissance knowledge workers at the nexus of multiple disciplines.

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 - 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than fifty percent of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 226
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

Computing has become integral to the infrastructure of modern society. From banking and health to education and business, our world runs on algorithms and computing machines. Software and hardware are ubiquitous in every aspect of modern life. This infrastructure is powerful, complex—and highly vulnerable. Small design flaws or less than vigilant safety guards can lead to attacks and exploits that can cost businesses hundreds of billions of dollars and valuable consumer trust, and loss of infrastructure critical to modern civilization. At the same time there is a shortage of workers with the skills needed to secure these systems. The Minor in Cybersecurity prepares students for jobs that touch on cybersecurity but also require deep disciplinary knowledge and preparation in another area of study. The minor requires that students take the first core classes in the Cybersecurity undergraduate major, thus providing students with significant breadth. Students can apply this foundation to many other areas of study where cybersecurity expertise is critical such as business, management, software engineering, computer engineering, law enforcement, and pre-law.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based to meet a given set of computing requirements.
  3. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Minor Requirements

  • This minor is not available to Cybersecurity Majors.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.