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Cyber Operations

Bachelor of Applied Science

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One of only 24 NSA-designated programs nationwide


Online Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525

*Up to 60 credits may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution.

College of Applied Science & Technology

Rising cyber crime has created a global shortage of information security professionals, transforming this field into one of immense growth and opportunities. The Cyber Operations degree equips you to enter those roles and meet that demand.

The curriculum delivers offensive and defensive cyber security content within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment, which allows you to gain extensive hands-on experience and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed after graduating. In addition, the Cyber Operations degrees offers three degree emphases: Engineering, Defense & Forensics, and Cyber Law & Policy.

The National Security Agency has designated the University of Arizona’s Cyber Operations program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). With this designation, the University of Arizona joins an extremely exclusive group of only 24 programs in the nation. The NSA’s CAE-CO designation demonstrates that the Cyber Operations program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements.

Qualified students in the Cyber Law & Policy emphasis may also be eligible for the College of Applied Science and Technology's Accelerated Master's Program (AMP), which allows exceptional students to complete both a BAS in Cyber Operations and a Master of Legal Studies in as little as three years.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Operations will build core skills, including:

  • Ethics
  • Operating system security
  • Cyber defense
  • Malware analysis
  • Software reverse engineering
  • Digital forensics
  • Network security
  • Risk management
  • Risk analysis
  • C Programming
  • Assembly programming
  • Python programming
  • Operating systems
  • Networking
  • Wireless networking
  • Cellular communications

Graduates of the Cyber Operations program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Malware Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Threat Analyst
  • Security Operations Center Analyst
  • Reverse Engineer
  • Exploit Developer
  • Python Programmer
  • Vulnerability Researcher
  • Application Analyst
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • Incident Responder
  • Open Source Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Engineer
  • Intrusion Detection Analyst

Areas of Emphasis

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The Engineering Track is a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, security-focused computer science program that meets the NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) academic requirements.

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The Defense & Forensics Track is an interdisciplinary cyber education program that conforms to academic requirements from the NSA’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

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The Cyber Law & Policy emphasis combines highly technical, hands-on cyber curriculum with a strong foundation in law, strategy, and policy relevant to cyber professionals. The technical cyber courses conform to the academic requirements from both the National Security Agency’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). 

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Hands on

Hands-on Learning

Cyber Operations courses maximize your ability to learn by doing. Cyber is a highly technical field, and our courses provide the hands-on experience needed to become a successful cyber professional. You’ll not only learn the concepts and technologies, but also demonstrate mastery of the course content through hands-on exercises and interactive assessments.

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Cloud Computing

You won’t need expensive, high-performance computer equipment – only a broadband Internet connection and a computer running Windows, Linux or Mac. We provide everything else through a cloud-based Virtual Learning Environment. Advanced cyber tools and the world-class CyberApolis virtual city are preconfigured and provided so you can focus on learning.