What will I learn?

The College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) provides opportunities for students to earn high-quality and meaningful University of Arizona degrees at sites throughout Southern Arizona, including key border communities in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. CAST partners with community colleges to offer regionally-relevant transfer programs that are low cost, and geographically accessible.


  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving; Demonstrate understanding of how variability affects outcomes; how to identify anomalous events; how to integrate and differentiate continuous functions of multiple variables; and how to solve complex problems using computation and scripting languages.
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence; Describe and demonstrate how knowledge about an adversary's motivation, intentions, and methods are collected, analyzed, and disseminated to help security personnel and business staff to align resources and protect critical assets within an enterprise architecture.
  • Defensive Cyber Operations; Describe, evaluate, and operate a defensive network architecture employing multiple layers of protection using technologies appropriate to meet mission security goals.
  • Forensics; Demonstrate and explain how to acquire a forensically sound image; understand user activity; determine the manner in which an operating system or application has been subverted; identify forensic artifacts left by attacks; and recover deleted and/or intentionally hidden information.
  • Law, Ethics, & Policy; Describe and explain the relationship between cyber ethics and law; criminal penalties related to unethical hacking; and apply the notion of Gray Areas to articulate where the law has not yet caught up to technology innovation.
  • Malware Reverse Engineering; Safely perform static and dynamic analysis of unknown software, including obfuscated malware, to fully understand the software's functionality.
  • Networking; Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how networks work at the infrastructure, network and applications layers; how they transfer data; how network protocols work to enable communication; and Networking how the lower-level network layers support the upper ones.
  • Offensive Cyber Operations; Explain and demonstrate the phases of offensive cyber operations; what each phase entails; who has the authorities to conduct each phase; and how operations are assessed after completion.
  • Operating Systems & Low Level Programming; Demonstrate a thorough understanding of various operating systems and be able to develop low level applications with the required complexity and sophistication to implement exploits for discovered vulnerabilities.
  • Security Principles & Vulnerabilities; Demonstrate and explain the various types of vulnerabilities and their underlying causes; how security principles interrelate and are typically employee to achieve assured solutions; and explain how failures in fundamental security design principles can lead to system vulnerabilities that can be exploited as part of an offensive cyber operation.

Which department am I in?

College of Applied Science and Technology

Study options

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
$15,000.00 (11,13,586) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August, October 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic requirements: 3.0 GPA or equivalent.

For international students

Academic requirements: 3.0 GPA or equivalent

English language requirements:

From: TOEFL 70-79; IELTS 60-6.5


About University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is ranked as a top 100 U.S. University and is Arizona’s number one and first university.

  • Among America’s best colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Member of the Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • Over 300 programs of study
  • Ranked within the top 50 public universities in the U.S.