Texas A&M has a long history of providing information assurance and cybersecurity educational opportunities for its students. Dating back to the mid-1990s, A&M faculty developed the first academic courses that employed active attack-defense laboratory exercises that emphasized the importance of hands-on activities to facilitate and accelerate student learning. This then novel approach has now been widely adopted throughout educational and training settings where cybersecurity topics are taught. A&M students have benefited directly from these educational innovations and, through their studies and associated hands-on experiences, they have consistently been able to rapidly acquire important cybersecurity knowledge and skills.
Cybersecurity Designations and the Minor Field of Study in Cybersecurity were developed by the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center to provide selected Texas A&M students with an opportunity to acquire specific cybersecurity knowledge and skills in order to prepare them for challenges they will face, upon graduation, in their personal and professional lives. The current cybersecurity offerings include three Cybersecurity Designations and one Cybersecurity Minor Field of Study. Each of these offering are described below.
CYBERSECURITY CURRICULUM OFFERINGS
Current undergraduate choices include a Cybersecurity Undergraduate Minor Field of Study and various Cybersecurity Designations. Due to an increasing demand for professionally trained cybersecurity professionals, more offerings are currently under development. Students will soon be able to add cybersecurity certificates to their degree plan, or choose an interdisciplinary engineering degree plan with cybersecurity as one of the focus options.
New curricular options will soon be available, including a Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity Engineering.