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Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation (COCOA)

Because data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities are so common in today’s technology world, it is critical to fully understand how these attacks take place. As a participant in the COCOA program, you will dig deep to understand the mentality, motivations, and techniques of the hackers that execute these types of attacks.

You already have a strong base of programming, math, and networking. The COCOA program will expand and then apply that knowledge to the most technical areas of cyber security. At the core of the Cyber Operations degree, you learn how reverse engineering works, analyze malware and exploit software. You will better understand the hacker mindset and be able to discover vulnerabilities in widespread computer systems.

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Transfer education agreement for military

Interested in earning a Cyber Operations degree but haven't taken the courses articulated in the COCOA agreement? Or maybe your interests are in another computer science-related field, and you want to apply what you already know toward a different degree.

If you're a service member, the Transfer Education Agreement for Military (TEAM) program can help. TEAM makes it easy for us to evaluate your work experience and military background, determine course credit equivalencies, and potentially apply credit toward the right DSU degree for you. TEAM is best aligned with students seeking Cyber Operations, Computer Science, or Network and Security Administration degrees.

NCS application steps

After you apply for either the COCOA or TEAM program, you will need to complete Additional NCS Instructions. NCS asks that you notify:

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Military Service School Transcripts - Applicants may seek credit for certain service-based coursework as outlined in each specific articulation agreement. Each student is responsible for having his or her official service training record sent to:

DSU Registrar
820 N Washington Ave.
Madison, SD 57042

Important!

Regardless of current affiliation, applicants who seek credit for service school coursework toward an NCS-articulated degree program are required to have an official transcript sent to the NCS registrar at this address:

Department of Defense
9800 Savage Road Suite 6801
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6801
ATTN: Registrar/Articulation Agreement

COCOA Program of Study

  • CSC 105 Intro to Computers (3 credits)
  • CSC 150 Computer Science I (3 credits)
  • CSC 245 Information Security Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • CSC 250 Computer Science II (3 credits)
  • CIS 275 Web Programming I (3 credits)
  • CIS 238 Operating Environment (3 credits)
  • CIS 363 Hardware, Virtual & Data Comm (3 credits)
  • CIS 383 Networking I (3 credits)
  • CIS 484 Database Management (3 credits)
  • CIS 332 Structured Systems Analy & Design (3 credits)
  • CIS 375 Web Programming II (3 credits)
  • CIS 385 Networking II (3 credits)
  • CIS 487 Database Programming (3 credits)
  • CSC electives (11 credits)
  • WEL 100L Wellness for Life Lab (1 credit)

Total - 51 credits

  • CSC 300 Data Structures (3 credits)
  • CSC 314 Assembly Language (3 credits)
  • CSC 420 Cellular & Mobile Communications (Pending SDBoR approval) (3 credits)
  • CSC 432 Malware Analysis (3 credits)
  • CSC 434 Web Software Security (3 credits)
  • CSC 436 Offensive Network Security (3 credits)
  • CSC 438 Defensive Network Security (3 credits)
  • CSC 444 Reverse Engineering (3 credits)
  • CSC 456 Operating Systems (3 credits)
  • CSC 470 Software Engineering (3 credits)

Total - 30 credits

Math courses that may have equivalent coursework transferred to DSU or may be taken through DSU

  • MATH 201 Intro to Discrete Math (3 credits)
  • MATH 316 Discrete Math (3 credits)

Total - 6 credits

DSU is developing MATH 204 Math Structures for Cyber Operations for 5 credits tentative for summer 2017 to replace Math 201 and Math 316.

Remaining 34 credits

Courses must meet South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) system general education requirements in addition to institutional graduation requirements, globalization requirements and writing intensive requirements and must be selected from the approved list of courses.

Written communication (9 credits required)

  • ENGL 101 Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 201 Composition II (3 credits)
  • Take one** course in addition to the 12 credits required for Social Sciences and Art/Humanities. (3 credits)

Oral communication (3 credits required)

  • SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
  • SPCM 215 Public Speaking (3 credits)

Global issues (1 course required)

  • Take one* course. This course can be counted toward the 12 credits required for Social Sciences and Art/Humanities.

Social sciences (6 credits required)

  • ANTH 210 Cultural Anthropology* (3 credits)
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics* (3 credits)
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics* (3 credits)
  • EPSY 210 Lifespan Development** (3 credits)
  • GEOG 101 Intro to Geography* (3 credits)
  • GEOG 200 Intro to Human Geography* (3 credits)
  • HIST 151 US History I** (3 credits)
  • HIST 152 US History II** (3 credits)
  • HIST 256 World History*/** (3 credits)
  • INED 211 SD American Indian Culture and Education (3 credits)
  • POLS 100 American Government (3 credits)
  • POLS 210 State and Local Government (3 credits)
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC 100 Intro to Sociology** (3 credits)
  • SOC 150 Social Problems** (3 credits)
  • SOC 285 Society and Technology*/** (3 credits)

Arts/humanities (6 credits required)

  • ART 111 Drawing I (3 credits)
  • ART 121 Design I - 2D (3 credits)
  • ART 123 3-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • ARTH 100 Art Appreciation* (3 credits)
  • ARTH 211 History of World Art I* (3 credits)
  • ARTH 212 History of World Art II* (3 credits)
  • ARTH 231 Survey of Art, Music, Theatre (3 credits)
  • ENGL 210 Intro to Literature** (3 credits)
  • ENGL 211 World Literature I* (3 credits)
  • ENGL 212 World Literature II* (3 credits)
  • ENGL 221 British Literature I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 222 British Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENGL 241 American Literature I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 242 American Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENGL 268 Literature (3 credits)
  • HIST 121 Western Civilization I* (3 credits)
  • HIST 122 Western Civilization II* (3 credits)
  • HUM 100 Intro to Humanities (3 credits)
  • MUS 100 Music Appreciation* (3 credits)
  • PHIL 100 Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHIL 200 Intro to Logic (3 credits)
  • SPAN 101 Intro to Spanish I* (3 credits)
  • SPAN 102 Intro to Spanish II* (3 credits)
  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I* (3 credits)
  • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II* (3 credits)
  • THEA 100 Intro to Theatre* (3 credits)
  • THEA 131 Intro to Acting (3 credits)
  • THEA 200 Theatre History* (3 credits)
  • THEA 201 Film Appreciation (3 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits required)

  • MATH 102 College Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 103 Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
  • MATH 104 Finite Math (3 credits)
  • MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
  • MATH 120 Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 121 Survey of Calculus (3 credits)
  • MATH 123 Calculus I (3 credits)
  • MATH 201 Intro to Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 281 Intro to Statistics (3 credits)

Natural sciences (6 credits required)

  • A&S 121 Science: Core of Discovery I (4 credits)
  • BIOL 101 Biology Survey I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 103 Biology Survey II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 151 General Biology I (4 credits)
  • BIOL 165 General Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 201 General Botany (4 credits)
  • CHEM 106 Chemistry Survey (4 credits)
  • CHEM 108 Organic and Biochemistry (5 credits)
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 114 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • GEOG 132 Physical Geography Natural Landscapes (4 credits)
  • PHYS 111 Intro to Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 113 Introduction to Physics II/Lab (4 credits)
  • PHYS 211 University Physics I/Lab (4 credits)
  • PHYS 213 University Physics II/Lab (4 credits)

Personal wellness and fitness (1 credit required)

  • WEL 100 Wellness for Life (1 credit)

Course offering rotation

Fall semester

CSC 434 Web Software Security
CSC 436 Offensive Network Security

Spring semester

CSC 314 Assembly Language
CSC 300 Data Structures

Summer semester

CSC 456 Operating Systems
CSC 470 Software Engineering

 

Fall semester

CSC 444 Reverse Engineering
CSC 438 Defensive Network Security

Spring semester

CSC 432 Malware Analysis
CSC 420 Cellular and Mobile Communications (Pending SDBOR approval)

Summer semester

MATH 204 Math Structure for Cyber Operations (Pending SDBOR approval)

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