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Applied Science: Cyber Operations Emphasis

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Applied Science: Cyber Operations Emphasis

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The BAS in Cyber Operations prepares graduates for entry into a number of cyber-related occupations 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 career pathways: The Engineering pathway 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 pathway 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.  

WUE This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: UA South Campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

As a 2+2 program partnering with community colleges and offering the second two years of the degree program only, this major has additional admission criteria. The Cyber Operations program requires a supplemental program application in addition to admission to The University of Arizona. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in your most recent 60 units
  • AAS degree or employment background in Cyber Operations or IT Security field
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Online
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA Tech Park
  • UA South Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
4th Semester
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
2nd Semester Second Language 4
Community College Math or BASV 300 3
Junior Status Needed for BAS 47
5th Semester
ENGV 308 3
NETV 385 3
BASV 326 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
BASV 314 or 376 3
CYBV 388 or 470 3
INFV 320 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
CYBV 400 3
CYBV 435 or 471 3
CYBV 454 3
BASV 329 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
CYBV 498 3
CYBV 480 3
CYBV 477 or 479 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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