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ND Department of Public Instruction Computer Science and Cybersecurity Credential Offerings

male instructor helping mail student working on computerBismarck State College has partnered with North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to offer Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Computer Science (CS) and Cybersecurity Credentials


Why Enroll at BSC?

  • Courses offered online
  • Instructor led courses by industry experts
  • Curriculum offered in partnership with Palo Alto Networks
  • Opportunity to earn an industry recognized PCCET certification
  • Access to Palo Alto Networks Virtual Lab

Offering Options

  College Credit Courses Non-College Credit Course
Instruction: Instructor led Instructor supported
Schedule: Offered up to 3 times a year Classes begin 2nd Monday of each month
Course Access: 8 -16 weeks 12 Weeks / Self-Paced
Course Availability: Anytime, anywhere Internet is available Anytime, anywhere Internet is available
Testing: Completed Online Completed Online
Investment:
 
Industry Certification
 
Degree Availability:
$602.53 - $803.38 per course
 
PCCET Certification Exam available
 
Certificate in Cybersecurity Fundamentals
$600 per course
 
PCCET Certification Exam available
 
Prior learning credits towards a Certificate in
Cybersecurity Fundamentals available

COLLEGE CREDIT Course Outline

CIS 140 - Cybersecurity Foundation – 3 credits
CIS 141 - Network Security Fundamentals – 3 credits
CIS 142 - Cloud Security Fundamentals – 3 credits
CIS 143 - Security Operations Fundamentals – 3 credits
CIS 164 - Networking Fundamentals – 4 credits or CIS 197/297 - Cooperative or Internship – 4 credits
 
Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate (16 Credits) would be earned if all courses above are completed.
PCCET Certification Exam available after CIS 140, 141, 142, 143 are completed.

Non- College Credit Course Options

These courses are approved through VCSU for graduate credit
Cybersecurity Foundation – 30 hours
Network Security Fundamentals – 45 hours
Cloud Security Fundamentals – 30 hours
Security Operations Fundamentals – 30 hours
Networking Fundamentals – 45 hours
Principles of Information Security – 30 hours
 
PCCET Certification Exam available after first four classes are completed

Registration Information

College Credit Course Registration:
  1. Apply and register for college credit courses.
  2. Fill out the Non-degree Form.
  3. SV Form - Choose Cybersecurity Fundamentals.

Questions:  BSC.cybersecurity@bismarckstate.edu or call 701-224-5755.
 
Non-Credit Course Registration:
  1. Fill out the request for Graduate Credit. (This request must be done prior to taking the course.)
  2. Register for non-credit courses.
Questions:  bsc.training@bismarckstate.edu or call 701-224-5600.

Course Descriptions

  • Cybersecurity Foundation - 3 credits or 30 hours
    • In the Cybersecurity Foundation course, you will learn fundamental principles associated with the current cybersecurity landscape and identify concepts required to recognize and potentially mitigate attacks against enterprise networks as well as mission critical infrastructure. You will also learn how to initially setup and configure interfaces, security zones, authentication, and policies on a next generation firewall.
  • Network Security Fundamentals - 3 credits or 45 hours
    • In the Network Security Fundamentals course, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental tenants of network security and review the general concepts involved in maintaining a secure network computing environment. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to describe general network security concepts and implement basic network security configuration techniques. 
  • Cloud Security Fundamentals - 3 credits or 30 hours
    • In the Cloud Security Fundamentals course, you will learn basic principles associated with securing the cloud and SaaS-based applications through Secure Access Service Edge architecture and identify concepts required to recognize and potentially mitigate attacks against traditional and hybrid datacenters as well as mission critical infrastructure. You will also learn how to initially setup and configure containers on a docker bridge network and test the container security through the use of vulnerability scans and reports. 
  • Security Operations Fundamentals - 3 credits or 30 hours
    • In the Security Operations Fundamentals course, you will gain an understanding of Security operations (SecOps) and the role it plays in protecting our digital way of life, for businesses and customers. You will learn continuous improvement processes to collect high-fidelity intelligence, contextual data, and automated prevention workflows that quickly identify and respond to fast-evolving threats. You will also learn how to leverage automation to reduce strain on analysts and execute the Security Operation Center’s (SOC) mission to identify, investigate, and mitigate threats.
  • Networking Fundamentals - 4 credits or 45 hours
    • This course teaches the fundamentals of networking communications. Students will learn practical and conceptual skills that create a foundation for understanding basic networking. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple local area networks, perform basic device configurations, and implement IP addressing schemes. In addition to gaining practical networking experience, this course helps to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.
  • Cooperative Education/Internship - 4 credits
    • Cooperative education and internships provide participants with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.
  • Principles of Information Security - 4 credits or 30 hours
    • Introduces students to the field of information security. Topics covered include basic security principles, terminology, legal and ethical issues, as well as examining security from business and personal perspectives.
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