Texas A&M offers its students a growing number of Cybersecurity Curricular offerings and options. 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.
Cybersecurity Minor Field of Study
The Cybersecurity Minor is designed to appeal to both less technically-oriented and more technically-oriented undergraduate students, across multiple departments, in multiple colleges. All students who enroll in the minor will acquire a basic understanding of programming, and a firmly grounded understanding of cybersecurity, to include cyber ethics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity this minor includes 20 undergraduate courses from colleges across the University. The inclusion of these courses in the minor will allow students to specialize in the area of cybersecurity that is most closely aligned with their respective interests and their degree plans. Below find links application forms used by students to apply for a Cybersecurity Minor. The minor application will be sent to the Cybersecurity Program Coordinator to ensure that all Cybersecurity Minor Field of Study requirements are met. This is available to all students pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Send the signed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: an individual can fill out the form, sign it digitally, and email the application within minutes, without scanning anything or having to step outside your house. Because of the fillable forms and readability of doing this, it can increase the speed to which your request can be looked into. Please keep this in mind when submitting your form. A step-by-step guide for signing a with a digital signature has provided below.
For current A&M students (only):
For incoming freshman or transfer students (only):
Below is the NEW Cybersecurity Catalog. Individuals will not be able to sign up for this until the FALL of 2017. Please note, only incoming freshman or transfer students are currently eligible for this catalog of the cybersecurity minor. If you are currently enrolled at Texas A&M, and you would like to take this catalog of the cybersecurity minor, your major field of study (IE Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics,…) has to allow this change before you can apply for this.
Note: The Cybersecurity minor is now broken up into three different tracks. It is up to you which track you take, as all minor tracks will give you the same cybersecurity minor, but to qualify for the cybersecurity minor ALL COURSES used for the cybersecurity minor must be taken from the SAME TRACK in order to obtain the cybersecurity minor.
For emphasis: You do not have to be in Engineering to take the Engineering track of the cybersecurity minor, and you are not limited to taking the Engineering track if you are in Engineering. The same goes for the other two tracks.
Adding a Digital Signature to Application
To add a signature, please download the Minor Application by righting-clicking the “Download Application” button, located directly above, left-clicking “Save link as…”, and saving it to a location on your local computer.
- You will need to open the document using some form of PDF viewer. I will be using Adobe PDf reader (which you can find at: https://get.adobe.com/reader/)
- Scroll down to the bottom of the pdf and locate the Student’s Signature box and click on it. (Ensure that you are clicking the Student’s signature box and not any other one.)
- When “Add Digital ID” pops up, click “A new digital ID I want to create now” and click next.
- The next step is up to you, but for the purpose of this guide, I will choose “New PKCS#12 digital ID file” and click next.
- You will want to put in your first and last name for the name, Student as you Organization Unit, TAMU as the Organization Name, your NetID@tamu.edu as the email address, and to remain the most secure, 2048-bit RSA. Click next.
- It will ask you for the location and password you would want to use. This is up to you. Just make sure you remember both. And click finish
- A window will pop up asking you to sign your document. Ensure you type your password into the box and click sign.
- A new window will pop up asking you to save a new pdf somewhere. Save it somewhere that you will remember.
You should see the signature on the Student Signature line.
This is a legal binding signature just like any other. Please ensure that you keep the password and signing file safe. You could even delete the files right after if you wanted.
In order for prerequisites to be waived for a course, a student must already be accepted into the minor.