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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Governors Cyber Academy

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Beacom building of technology on campus

Why Cyber?

Governors Cyber AcademyThe Governors Cyber Academy at Dakota State University (DSU) expands awareness of and access to cyber education and career pathways to students throughout the state of South Dakota and beyond. There are more than 755,000 high-paying jobs in cyber security alone with the number growing daily.

The Academy is designed to give high school students a jumpstart into high-demand cyber occupations through transferrable, university-level dual-credit cyber coursework and credit-bearing summer enrichment opportunities. Students will earn digital badges as they learn employable technical skills. Students who complete all coursework will simultaneously complete the first year for a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Operations, and Cyber Leadership and Intelligence.

Benefits

  • Exposure to and exploration of cyber pathways
  • Intentional, transferrable university-level coursework
  • Mentoring from peers, faculty, and cyber professionals
  • Advising support for course selection and academic success
  • Connections with cyber industry professionals
  • Internship and research opportunities
  • Summer enrichment opportunities
  • Connections with peers through a cohort model
  • There is no additional cost to participate outside of tuition


The Beacom Institute of Computer Science building

Cyber enrichment opportunities

Cyber Roadshow

The Cyber Roadshow is a one-day, interactive event for high school students that gives students a chance to experience various cyber concepts including programming, cybersecurity, networking, and artificial intelligence.

Cyber Takeover - Lesson with a Prof

Our Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences faculty will take over your high school technology class for a lesson or a day and engage students through an interactive activity. We will work with you to determine the content and logistics.

Summer Cyber Day Camp

The Cyber Academy will assist with holding a Summer Cyber Day Camp for middle school or high school students in your community. We can design the camp based on your needs, lend equipment to use, and provide some faculty or DSU student staffing assistance for the camp in collaboration with your local teachers.

GenCyber Residential Camp

Dakota State will continue to offer residential GenCyber camps for middle school and high school students in June. Those that are interested may sign up for the mailing list at https://gencyber.camp. They'll be the first to know when the camp registration opens.

Courses

Cyber Core

Dedicated online section of each course at least one time per academic year.

CSC 150

Computer Science I

CSC 134

Introduction to Cyber Operations

CSC 163

Hardware, Virtualization, and Data Communication

CSC 247

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

CSC 250

Computer Science II

CSC 285

Networking I

CSC 388

Computer Forensics Fundamentals

CLI 101 

Introduction to Cyber Leadership

HIM 150

Introduction to Digital Health Informatics and Information Management

General Education

Dedicated online section of each course at least one time per academic year; additional General Education Courses available based on interest and aptitude.

Math 201

Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

BIO 235

Introduction to Biotechnology

Academy Badges

Computer
Science:

CSC 150

CSC 250

CSC 285

Artificial
Intelligence:

CSC 150

CSC 247

CSC 250

Cyber
Operations:

CSC 150

CSC 134

CSC 250

Digital
Forensics:

CLI 101

CSC 163

CSC 388

Cyber
Leadership:

CLI 101

CSC 134

CSC 150

Network Security

CSC 134

CSC 163

CSC 285

Governors Cyber Academy