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Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security

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CORE I CURRICULUM (18 credit hours)

These Core I courses also comprise a Minor in Information Systems Management which may be completed by any MNU student to complement any of our other undergraduate programs.

A study of computer hardware and operating system software as it relates to the CIS professional. Systems networking is introduced. Rudimentary programming concepts are introduced using Python or a similar interpreted programming language.

An introduction to development of computer applications using rapid developmental tools such as Visual Basic. Emphasis on designing and managing graphical user interfaces, procedures, file management, debugging, and testing.

This course introduces web design and basic programming techniques for developing effective and useful websites. Coursework emphasizes website structure and navigational models, practical and legal usability considerations, and performance factors related to using various types of media and tools such as hypertext markup language (HTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), dynamic HTML (DHTML) and scripting.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

A study of the analysis and design of computer information systems, with emphasis on software design using UML and agile development.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals or permission of CIS Program Director.

Study of database management concepts and techniques. Emphasis on data modeling using relational data models. Discussion and application of SQL to develop and query databases. Additional topics include database administration on common database platforms such as Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. Remote data access and management using client-server, distributed, and Internet-hosted databases. 

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

The course is an introduction to the basic issues in computer security. While technical in nature, this course is introductory in its approach and managerial in its focus, such that the student is not required to have an extensive background in programming or technical applications. 

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

A capstone course that explores various computer information systems applications in accounting, management, marketing, finance, and business administration. Computer information systems analysis, design, and utilization including information as a resource, hardware/software concepts, data communications, database concepts, systems development and general systems concepts.

CORE II CURRICULUM (15 credit hours)

These Core II courses round out a collection of fundamental knowledge and concepts required of a new or advancing information technology professional.

This course covers fundamentals of data communication and computer networking, including the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. Network architecture and configurations such as local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) are addressed. Basics of network authentication and security are introduced.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

This course introduces basics of coding programs from program specifications, including use of an integrated development environment (IDE), language syntax, as well as debugger tools and techniques. Students also learn to develop programs that manipulate simple data structures such as arrays, as well as different types of files.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Applications Development

Introduction to advanced techniques in a high-level language. Includes memory management, code optimization, and comparison of coding languages. This course introduces object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance. Using an object-oriented programming language, students design, code, test, and document business-oriented programs.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming

This course introduces web design and basic programming techniques for developing effective and useful websites. Coursework emphasizes website structure and navigational models, practical and legal usability considerations, and performance factors related to using various types of media and tools such as hypertext markup language (HTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), dynamic HTML (DHTML) and scripting.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals

This course introduces mobile operating systems programming. Students explore the Android and the iOS operating systems with the goal of creating an application for one of these systems. Topics include menu systems, user interfaces, 2D graphics, and audio.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals


These courses broaden the student’s perspective to be able to do problem solving and to handle engagements and projects from a business perspective. Many of these courses may be evaluated for transfer from other institutions to MNU. Please check with one of our admissions counselors.

This course involves a study of functions and properties of functions using modeling and analysis of data. The types of functions to be studied include linear, exponential, logarithmic, quadratic, power, polynomial and rational.  (Not counted for math major, math minor, or math education major.) 

An introductory course for the development of analytical and quantitative concepts needed for management applications. It is designed to prepare students to understand and communicate quantitative and statistical application in a business environment. Covered in this course is probability, forecasting, and implementation of quantitative analysis. 

Prerequisite: College Algebra

This course develops conceptual models for improving the clarity and consistency of ethical judgment in business settings. A portion of the course will consider decision-making skills and integrate them with ethical frameworks utilizing case analysis.

This course focuses on the project management principles and tools essential for today’s managers. Topics include managing project costs, schedule and scope. Project management software which aides in planning, tracking and variance analysis will also be explored.


These courses prepare the student with high-demand knowledge and background for securing, guarding, and managing risk of computer systems, software applications, networks, and other technology assets for organizations.

This course provides an introduction to the tools and techniques used by security professionals to secure corporate networks. Topics include virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS). Defense in depth will be taught through the installation and configuration of firewalls, VPNs, and IDS/IPS. Students will be able to recognize and prevent malicious attacks on corporate networks.

Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals

This course provides an introduction to tools and techniques used by hackers to penetrate corporate networks, and methods used to guard against such attacks. Topics include vulnerabilities of operating systems, incident-handling methods, cryptography, and an overview of the process and methodologies used in penetration testing including ethical and legal implications.

Prerequisites: IT Fundamentals

This course addresses the fundamentals of computer system forensics. It will provide an overview of computer crimes, forensic methods, the role of computer forensics specialists, computer forensic evidence, and the application of forensic analysis skills. Emerging technology and future directions will be considered, along with forensics in systems such as email, mobile, Window, Mac, and Linux.

Prerequisites: IT Fundamentals

Focus on the legal and ethical environment relevant to advances in technology. Issues include intellectual property, jurisdiction, defamation, invasion of privacy, electronic contracts, computer crime, censorship, unsolicited E-mail, antitrust issues, and encryption. Recent developments, court decisions, federal and state statutes, treaties and international agreements, administrative rulings, and legal literature regarding Internet law, will be explored and explained.

Prerequisite: None

A senior-level capstone course for the cyber security concentration. Students must plan an applied project in cyber security and perform necessary research, implementation, and presentation of results.

Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals