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Columbus State University

Cybersecurity of FinTech

Turner College of Business

TSYS School of Computer Science

Program Description

The Cybersecurity Nexus is a 60-credit undergraduate program designed largely for the training of cybersecurity professionals to meet the local and statewide need. Most of the coursework in this program encompasses CSU’s Core Curriculum requirements in addition to 18 hours of cybersecurity coursework.

Career Opportunities

Computer Programmers, Mainframe Programmers,Web Developers, Network and Security Specialists

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate competency in written and oral communication by being able to communicate effectively in the cybersecurity work environment.
  • Students demonstrate competency in interpreting the meaning of key IT and computer networking terms and concepts and be able to apply them in cybersecurity.
  • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking by interpreting and evaluating documented evidence, drawing valid conclusions based on the information presented, and solving real-world cybersecurity problems.
  • Students demonstrate competency in preparation for a professional work role in cybersecurity by passing five professional certifications and successfully completing a comprehensive real-world cybersecurity simulation.

Additional Program Requirements

Student must earn a C or better in all CYNX courses in Area F.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
MATH 1113 (if 4 credit hours, extra hour is applied to Area B seminar)

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:
(1 hour of MATH from Area A may apply here)

Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Select two lab science courses from below:

Select the following course:
STAT 1401

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18

CYNX 2201 IT Fundamentals (2)
CYNX 2202 Network Fundamentals (2)
CYNX 2165 Professionalism in the Cybersecurity Workforce I (1)
CYNX 3455 Cybersecurity Apprenticeship I (3)
CYNX 3165 Professionalism in the Cybersecurity Workforce II (1)
CYNX 4455 Cybersecurity Apprenticeship II (3)

One of the following certifications (THREE 2-credit CYNX skills courses selected from one of the listed work roles) (6 credits)

Total Hours Required: 60

¹Also recognized as FinTech Cyber Breach Deterrence Analyst
²Also recognized as meeting the requirements of the following NIST NICE Framework Work Roles:
• Cyber Defense Incident Responder
• Law Enforcement Forensic Analyst
• Cyber Defense Forensic Analyst 

Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule