Cyber Security

Program Description

Professional Certificate in Cyber Security

The Professional Certificate in Cyber Security includes courses and topics from basic computer and system security to more advanced topics in network and application security areas of information assurance.

Cybersecurity (Minor)

The minor in Cybersecurity, a collaborative effort between Computer Information Systems for Business (CISB) and Computer Science (CSCI) faculty, provides a solid base of understanding in macro cybersecurity strategies and principles, as well as an in-depth review of applied cybersecurity tools and techniques

These programs are excellent enhancements to computer science and related fields. They are designed to provide students interested in careers in cybersecurity areas with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in this very important and demanding field of information assurance.

Contact Information

Confluence Hall
1410 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO, 81501
970.248.1400

CISB 101 Business Information Technology3 Credits

Introduction to computing and software, including computing systems in a business environment and applicable software.

CISB 205 Advanced Business Software3 Credits

Use of electronic spreadsheets and database management software. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. Developing customized applications with macros in spreadsheets. Creating tables, reports, forms, and queries to creating appropriate relationships and developing customized database software applications.

CISB 206 Introduction to Business Application Programming3 Credits

Beginning programming with emphasis on solving problems in the context of business applications.

CISB 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems3 Credits

Exploration of information systems in a business environment. Use of information systems to improve business processes and organizational goals. Introduction to hardware, software, ethical issues, career opportunities, and organizational uses of information systems.

CISB 211 Introduction to Cybersecurity3 Credits

Introduction to cybersecurity in a business environment. Topics include policy and governance, frameworks, risk and asset management, data loss prevention, access control management, and cybersecurity incident response.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 221 Introduction to Digital Forensics3 Credits

Introduction to computer and digital forensics. Topics include network, hardware, and operating principles of computers and mobile devices, as they pertain to digital forensics and cybersecurity investigations. Special application on applying digital forensics principles to real world case studies.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

CISB 241 Introduction to Business Analysis3 Credits

Introduction to descriptive, predictive and inferential analysis techniques, data interpretation, business research skills, and techniques for analysis and modeling of business problems in the workplace, using appropriate software.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 or higher.

Equivalent Course(s): STAT 241

CISB 260 Information System Architecture3 Credits

Principles and applications of information systems hardware and systems software. Theoretical underpinnings, installation, configuration, and operation emphasized.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 295 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 305 Solving Problems Using Spreadsheets3 Credits

Critical analysis and problem solving using tools in spreadsheets. Decision support utilizing spreadsheet tools covered by hands-on cases, book tutorials and lecture materials. Structured problems, semi-structured problems and what-if scenarios explored.

CISB 306 Solving Problems Using Databases3 Credits

For students who have minimal background in databases. Assists in understanding the importance of data management in organizations through hands-on experience in solving business problems using relational database management software.

CISB 309 Enterprise Systems3 Credits

Theoretical and practical issues of enterprise systems within organizations. Demonstrates how enterprise systems integrate information and organizational processes across functional areas with a unified system comprised of a single database and shared reporting tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 310 Enterprise Architecture3 Credits

Enterprise IT solutions, applications, infrastructure and fit within business organizations.

Prerequisites: CISB 309.

CISB 311 Fundamentals of Cloud Security3 Credits

Introduction to cloud-based cybersecurity and related concepts. Topics include architectural concepts and design requirements, cloud data security, cloud platform and infrastructure security, cloud application security, and cloud computing legal compliance. Special application on applying learned principles to real world case studies.

Prerequisites: CISB 211.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 315 Information Systems Infrastructure3 Credits

Information systems infrastructure, computer architecture and communications networks in an organizational context.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 331 Advanced Business Programming3 Credits

Procedural and object-oriented software engineering methodologies using modern business languages. Emphasis on data definition and measurement, record and file processing, report generation and other traditional business information systems applications using modern methods of top-down, structured design. Other concepts include developing screen editors, abstract data types, and data structures including sequential, random and indexed files.

Prerequisites: CISB 206 or CSCI 110.

CISB 341 Quantitative Decision Making3 Credits

Application of inferential statistics to realistic business situations; use of quantitative tools to enhance business decision-making ability. Descriptive statistics for data summarization, probability theory, distributions, estimation, and index numbers with emphasis on hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression/correlation, time series, and introduction to operations research and linear programming.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 or higher, and CISB 241 or STAT 241.

CISB 342 Data Mining and Visualization3 Credits

Application of data mining and visualization tools to business related data sets. Using a blend of data mining and visualization techniques, hands-on experience will be gained in discovering how data can inform the business decision-making process.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 241 or STAT 241, and CISB 341.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 343 Big Data Analytics3 Credits

Analysis of large data sets for emergent patterns using modern software tools. Topics can include: NoSQL, cloud computing, and text mining tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 241 or STAT 241, and CISB 341.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 392 Information Systems Theory and Practice3 Credits

Exploration and application of Information System theory for organizational success. Examination of managerial, user, and IS professional roles within information systems.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 393 Cooperative Education3-12 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 410 Project Management3 Credits

Processes, techniques and tools of project management. Evaluating, initiating, planning, staffing, executing, controlling, and closing projects using project management software.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 is a prerequisite or corequisite if the student has reached junior status.

CISB 442 Systems Analysis and Design3 Credits

Analysis and logical design of information systems. Practice in project management during team-oriented analysis and design of a departmental level system.

Prerequisites: CISB 210, CISB 309, CISB 315 (may be taken concurrently), CISB 410, and CISB 206 or CSCI 110 or CSCI 111, or permission of instructor.

CISB 451 Database Administration3 Credits

Continuation of CISB 442 Systems Analysis and Design. Covers development and implementation of conceptual and detailed physical system design using proper database tools and methods.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 442, and ACCT 202.

CISB 460 Electronic Commerce Systems3 Credits

Comprehensive examination of electronic commerce, how it is conducted and managed, and its opportunities, limitations, issues and risks. Coverage of technological infrastructure that supports e-commerce systems, plus the implications of such systems in the business environment. Exercises include exploration of e-commerce web sites and features, plus discussion and demonstration of state-of-the art e-commerce tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 or permission of instructor.

CISB 470 Management of Information Systems3 Credits

Reviews the development of analyzing information use by organizations with different types of information systems. The conceptual foundations of information systems and the development, operation, management, uses, parties, control, structure, and impact of these systems will be addressed. Analysis and design of information systems is stressed through case study projects, emphasizing the role of computing in information systems and design of computer-based systems, expert systems, decision support systems and executive information systems.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status.

CISB 471 Advanced Information Systems3 Credits

Capstone course for the BS in CIS, the BAS in CIS, and the BBA IS concentration. Integrates management information needs, decision-making criteria, and design of interactive user interfaces. Design and development of computerized management control systems for major functional modules of an organization investigated, utilizing database management systems, distributed processing and structured systems development.

Prerequisites: CISB 210, CISB 310, CISB 315, CISB 331, CISB 410, CISB 442, CISB 451, and CISB 470; or permission of instructor.

CISB 491 Directed Readings in Computer Information Systems1-3 Credits

Study of a leading edge topic within Computer Information Systems under direction of CIS faculty. Prior to registering, the student must meet with the CIS instructor to determine a topic and a method for reporting. For each credit hour registered, the student will read and report on at least 200 pages of scholarly readings.

Prerequisites: CIS major, junior or senior status, and permission of instructor.

CISB 493 Cooperative Education3-12 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 500 Management of Information Systems3 Credits

Reviews the development of an overall framework for analyzing the use of information by organizations along with examples of different types of information systems. The conceptual foundations of information systems and the development, operation, management, uses, parties, control, structure, and impact of these systems will be addressed. The analysis and design of information systems is stressed through case study and projects, emphasizing the role of computing in information systems and design of computer-based systems, expert systems, decision support systems and executive information systems.

CISB 505 Advanced Project Management3 Credits

Processes, techniques and tools of project management. Evaluating, initiating, planning, staffing, executing, controlling, and closing projects using project management software. Projects, writing, and presentation to demonstrate mastery at the graduate level.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 and permission of instructor.

CISB 560 Electronic Commerce Systems3 Credits

A comprehensive examination of the modern paradigm of electronic commerce, how it is conducted and managed, and its major opportunities, limitations, issues, and risks. Coverage of technological infrastructures that support e-commerce systems, plus the implications of such systems in the business environment. Exercises will include exploration of e-commerce web sites and features, plus discussion and demonstration of state-of-the-art e-commerce tools.

Prerequisites: Graduate status at Colorado Mesa University.

CSCI 100 Computers In Our Society3 Credits

The impact of computers on society and individuals; purpose and use of software integrated systems. Intended for students in disciplines outside the natural sciences and mathematics.

Essential Learning Categories: Social and Behavioral Sciences

CSCI 104 Intro to Computer Hardware1 Credit

Computer hardware introduction. Includes purchase, maintenance and repair of computer hardware (desktops, laptops, servers and mobile devices, wired and wireless network hardware) in individual and corporate settings.

CSCI 106 Web Page Design I3 Credits

Aspects of Web page design such as HTML, Web servers, Web graphics/sound/video, and programs that automate the design of Web sites and scripts. Students will progressively develop their own sites throughout the term using software tools and concepts presented in the class.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Windows.

CSCI 110 Beginning Programming3 Credits

Introduction to computer programming. Includes syntax and semantics for sequential, selection, and repetition structures, program design and modularization simple and structured data types, and file I/O. Designed for majors outside the scientific disciplines. "Subtitle" indicates language of implementation.

Prerequisites: MATH 110 or MATH 113 (either may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.

CSCI 110L Beginning Programming Laboratory1 Credit

An optional laboratory course to be taken as a co-requisite to CSCI 110. This lab is intended for those students currently enrolled in CSCI 110 who have little or no previous programming/computer experience. The student taking this course will complete several computer assignments designed to increase the student's knowledge of programming, debugging, and program design. "Subtitle" indicates language of implementation.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: CSCI 110.

CSCI 111 CS1: Foundations of Computer Science4 Credits

Introduction to problem solving techniques with emphasis on modularity, abstraction, analysis, and correctness of algorithm design. Using C/C++ language as a tool, topics covered include data types, control structures, I/O, and functions.

Prerequisites: CSCI 110 or MATH 113.

CSCI 112 CS2: Data Structures4 Credits

Continuation of CSCI 111 with emphasis on algorithm design and analysis, procedural abstraction, data abstraction, and quality programming style. Topics covered include distinction between dynamic and static variables; various implementations of elementary stacks, queues, trees and lists; comparison of recursive and iterative algorithms; program correctness; and hierarchical design principles. Programming exercises will focus on modularity of design and data abstraction.

Prerequisites: CSCI 111 or CSCI 130.

CSCI 130 Introduction to Engineering Computer Science4 Credits

Introduction to fundamental programming concepts for engineers using a systems language and a scripting language. Programming concepts include flow control, data types and pointers. Applications include signal processing and numerical methods.

Prerequisites: MATH 135 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 151 (may be taken concurrently).

CSCI 196 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CSCI 206 Web Page Design II3 Credits

A continuation of CSCI 106. Students will learn a scripting language and how to incorporate scripts in web page design.

Prerequisites: CSCI 106 or permission of instructor.

CSCI 241 Computer Architecture and Assembly Language4 Credits

Architecture of a representative processor and its assembly language, introduction to hardware description language, register transfers and sequence control, realization of fetch, address, branch and execute cycles, start, stop and reset the computer, interrupt and memory mapped input-output, peripherals and interfacing.

Prerequisites: CSCI 112.

CSCI 250 CS3: Introduction to Algorithms3 Credits

Complexity analysis and program performance; abstract data types such as lists, trees, stacks and queues; sorting; searching and hashing.

Prerequisites: CSCI 112.

CSCI 260 Introduction to Database3 Credits

Introduction to using databases. The focus of this course will be on the creation, retrieval, update, and deletion of data from databases using a variety of database management systems and programming languages.

Prerequisites: CSCI 110, CSCI 111, or CSCI 130.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

CSCI 296 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CSCI 305 Technology for Mathematics Educators3 Credits

Project- and activity-based introduction to technology resources appropriate for use by elementary mathematics educators. Focus will be on spreadsheets--programming, modeling, and data manipulation--supplemented with topics chosen from interactive geometry software, interactive applets, simple webpage design, educational simulations and games, and other mathematical technology tools.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 and MATH 301.

CSCI 306 Web Page Design III3 Credits

Continuation of CSCI 206. Students will consider web site management issues, server-side scripting, security, and database interactions.

Prerequisites: CSCI 206 or permission of instructor.

CSCI 310 Advanced Programming:1-3 Credits

Exploration of a higher level programming language for CSCI/CISB majors. Specifics will vary with the language covered.

Prerequisites: CSCI 111 or CSCI 110 or CSCI 130.

Course may be taken 4 times for credit.

CSCI 321 Assembly Language Programming3 Credits

Introduction to assembler, creating and executing assembly language program, organization of machine under study, data definition, addressing techniques, data movement instruction, branching instructions, flag and PSW registers, arithmetic instructions, macros and their implementation, hardware and software interrupts, storing instructions, typical applications.

Prerequisites: CSCI 241.

CSCI 322 Embedded Systems3 Credits

Introduction to design of embedded systems. Topics include: basic computer electronics, embedded digital communications, and embedded software design.

Prerequisites: CSCI 321.

CSCI 330 Programming Languages3 Credits

Principles and concepts which characterize various classes of high-level, computer programming languages are covered. Topics will include syntax and semantic issues, data types/classes, control structures, binding, and storage allocation.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250.

CSCI 333 UNIX Operating Systems3 Credits

Introduction to systems programming with UNIX. Topics covered include elementary and advanced user commands, file handling, process control, library routines, device drivers, shell programming, and UNIX utilities.

Prerequisites: CSCI 112 or knowledge of C++/C.

CSCI 337 User Interface Design3 Credits

Examination of user interface design (UID) principles. They include rules of perception, systems analysis, user analysis, good design principles, and testing and evaluation of designs. Using an appropriate Rapid Application Development tool, students will design a major project emphasizing UID concepts.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250 or CSCI 260.

CSCI 345 Video Game Design3 Credits

Exploration of game engine and development theory. Emphasis is on rendering, physics simulation, artificial intelligence, and optimization techniques used in the modern game construction. Students will develop at least three games during the semester.

Prerequisites: CSCI 112.

CSCI 360 Robotic Perception and Planning3 Credits

Examination of autonomous robotic system preceptors (sensors), actuators, and planner (control system) design architecture. Analysis of a variety of robotic control architectures and signal data analysis leading to design and build of small autonomous robots to meet challenging work environments and goals. Proficient industrial machine control language programmers and control system design professionals developed. Field related ethics explored.

Prerequisites: CSCI 111 or CSCI 130.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

CSCI 365 Data Mining3 Credits

Exploration of fundamental tools and techniques for data analysis. Transforming data into information with various programming languages. Instruction in modern techniques for data analytics, future research directions.

Prerequisites: CSCI 112; and STAT 200 or STAT 215.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CSCI 370 Computer Security3 Credits

Networked-computer security, suitable for both CS and CIS majors. Topics include security framework, access control and site security, firewalls, attack methods, elements of cryptography and cryptographic systems, incidence response, security in e-commerce and e-mail, management and policy decisions for security.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250 or CISB 311.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CSCI 375 Object Oriented Programming3 Credits

Advanced programming techniques using the object-oriented paradigm, with emphasis on abstractness of design, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Additional topics include design tools and methodologies for determining classes, responsibilities, collaborations, and hierarchies.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250.

CSCI 380 Operations Research3 Credits

Methods of linear and dynamic programming, inventory and replacement models, queuing theory, game theory, PERT, CPM, and simulation.

Prerequisites: MATH 152, STAT 200, and CSCI 111.

CSCI 393 Internship1-3 Credits

The internship course provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to on-the-job experiences. During the internship course, the student will work at approved professional positions related to the computer science field. The student will be required to write and fulfill course objectives with the approval of the internship coordinator.

Prerequisites: Junior standing, written permission of internship coordinator.

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CSCI 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CSCI 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CSCI 405 Mobile Application Development3 Credits

Application development on mobile platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. Topics include understanding hardware, application API's, marketplaces, and programming languages for these platforms.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250, CSCI 337 or CSCI 206, or permission of instructor.

CSCI 420 Cyber Security3 Credits

Exploration of various common security flaws in programs and systems written in C and C++ programming languages. Topics include Linux commands, shell scripting, C, Buffer overflow, exploits, Man in the Middle attacks, and red and blue team exercises. Students will learn how to find various vulnerabilities such as buffer overflow and write simple exploits to take advantages of the vulnerabilities.

Prerequisites: CSCI 241 and CSCI 370.

CSCI 445 Computer Graphics3 Credits

Introduction to the use of the computer to produce images: two and three dimensional graphics, algorithms and data structures for hidden lines and surfaces, shading, and reflections.

Prerequisites: MATH 152 and CSCI 250.

CSCI 450 Compiler Structure3 Credits

Structures and techniques used in compiler writing are discussed with emphasis on scanners, symbol tables, parsers and code generation. The front end of a recursive descent parser is written for the semester project. Error analysis and code optimization are discussed as time permits.

Prerequisites: CSCI 241.

Corequisites: CSCI 330.

CSCI 460 Database Design3 Credits

Design and implementation of relational databases. Approaches and methods of design and normalization, SQL, integrity, and security will be discussed.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250.

CSCI 465 Network/Application Security3 Credits

Exploration of advanced topics in network and web-based application security such as network vulnerability management, network monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention, government and industry security compliances, wireless security, most common web application security flaws, browser and database security principles, and authentication and authorization in web applications.

Prerequisites: CSCI 420.

CSCI 470 Operating Systems Design3 Credits

Aspects of computer operating system design and implementation including memory management, processor management, device management, information management and performance evaluation methods. Some knowledge of C is required.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250 and CSCI 241.

CSCI 480 Theory of Algorithms3 Credits

Techniques for analyzing time and space requirements of computer algorithms. Models are set up for analysis and techniques are applied to algorithms related to sorting and searching, pattern-matching, graph problems and other selected problems. The notion of NP-hard problems is introduced and related problems are discussed.

Prerequisites: MATH 152 and CSCI 250.

CSCI 482 Theory of Computation3 Credits

Computability and automata theory introduced. Regular expressions, finite and pushdown automata, Turing machines, grammars and their relationship to automata, Church-Turing hypothesis, incomputable and undecidable functions and equivalence of computability models are covered.

Prerequisites: MATH 369 and CSCI 250.

CSCI 484 Computer Networks3 Credits

Topics include: hardware technology for local and long haul networks, circuit and packet switching, interface between computer and network hardware, network architectures and protocols, routing, congestion and flow problems, queuing theory, and reliability issues. Instructors may choose to implement a sample network in which case the contents may be particularized to that network.

Prerequisites: STAT 200.

CSCI 486 Artificial Intelligence3 Credits

Introduction to artificial intelligence programming with study of topics such as knowledge representation, expert systems, solution space search, non-deterministic algorithms (neural nets, genetic algorithms), etc. Programs will be written in a selected AI programming language such as Lisp or Prolog.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250; and MATH 151 or MATH 135.

CSCI 490 Software Engineering3 Credits

Exploration of the philosophy of software engineering. Software project planning, requirement analysis, software system design and strategies, software design tools, program and system testing, system maintenance, and economics are examined.

Prerequisites: CSCI 250 and CSCI 330.

CSCI 494 Seminar1-3 Credits

Discussions of specialized topics by students, faculty, or visiting professors. One or two one-hour meetings per week.

Course may be taken 10 times for credit.

CSCI 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CSCI 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.