Cyber Operations Track

Cyber Operations Graphic


The National Security Agency (NSA) designated The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as one of its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) in 2018. UTSA's Bachelors of Science Cyber Operations Track is one of 20 NSA-certified CAE-CO programs in the nation.

As a result, UTSA's Department of Computer Science is able to offer undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science the option to pursue a specialized Cyber Operations (CO) track and complete the requirements set out by the NSA’s CAE-CO program. Successfully completing the CO track opens up a variety of new opportunities that are only available to students with this specialization.

Students who successfully complete the Cyber Operations track will have the designation recorded on their transcript in addition to receiving their regular Bachelor of Science in Computer Science diploma.

What is Cyber Operations?

Cyber operations covers the entire scope of cyberspace and related operations, both technical and non-technical. As such, the Cyber Operations track at UTSA provides a basic foundation programming languages, software reverse engineering, operating system theory, networking, cellular and mobile technologies, discrete math and algorithms, overview of cyber defense, security fundamental principles, vulnerabilities, legal and ethics, virtualization, cloud security, risk management and information systems, computer architecture, software security analysis, secure software development, digital forensics, systems programming, applied cryptography, user experience security, and offensive cyber operations.

The National Security Agency designated the University of Texas at San Antonio as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Education in 2018. UTSA is one of only 20 institutions to receive the NSA Cyber Operations designation.

Who Might Be Interested in this Track?

Computer Science majors considering the Cyber Operations track should have a strong interest in computer and information technology as it applies to cyberspace, networks, and the use of the internet. Students who enjoy working with systems of computers, who have an interest in the technical foundation for computer and network security, or who have a systematic way of thinking, have the greatest success in the major. No prior computer programming experience is required to be successful in this major.

Curriculum Requirements for Cyber Operations Track

All candidates for the Cyber Operations Track must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the Computer Science degree requirements except CS 3853 Comp Architecture, which is available as an elective for this track, and the following courses:

Cyber Operations Track

4-Year Program of Study for 22-24 Catalog – Cyber Operations Track

For information on the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, please visit National Centers of Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense.