PUG Cybersecurity Degree Plan

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Cybersecurity Degree Plan[edit]

This is a Cybersecurity Degree plan for Purdue University Global (PUG) as of approximately June of 2023. Please make sure that the suggestions are still valid before beginning to follow this plan.

The alternative credit courses were handpicked using experience from previous students as to what courses will be the easiest and quickest courses to take. In places with multiple courses listed, the first course is assumed to be the fastest/easiest course to take.

Tips on Order in Which to Complete Courses[edit]

Start with CLEP, then Sophia. Sophia only allows 2 courses open at one time so don't have 2 courses that have touchstones (written assignments) open at the same time. Once done with Sophia, do the certifications.

Note: PHP cert can be done easily in a week or two to fill up the electives. The CySA+ certification should take 1-2 months.

How Long Will It Take To Complete This Degree Once I Finish All the Alterative Credits?[edit]

How long to complete depends on a variety of factors such as experience, time commitment, the efficiency of studying, etc. Considering you spend at least 20 hours a week on your studies, it should take 2-3 terms to complete this degree.

Battle Plan For Finishing in 2 Terms

If you want to finish in 2 terms, you need to be aggressive in opening up a bunch of courses. It is possible to finish in 2 terms with less than 30hrs a week studying. Follow the advise of this Reddit Thread. The capstone is a set 10 weeks and can't be accelerated so you must start this at the beginning of your 2nd term in order to finish in 2 terms.

Source of Credit[edit]

This degree plan was made using the following sources to map out all the alternative credits.

Alternative Credits List

Study.com Equivalent Guide

It Certification Exams Equivalent Guide

Core Requirements[edit]

ID Course Competency

Units Value

Course

Provider

Course Name Purdue

Credit

CM107 College Composition I 5 CLEP or

Sophia

English Composition, Foundations of English Composition 5
CM220 College Composition II 5 CLEP or

Sophia or

Study.com

English Composition, English Composition I,

English 104: College Composition I

(Grading is known to take a long time at Sophia,

taking the course at Study.com may be faster)

5
CS212 Communicating Professionalism 5 (Must take at PUG)
MM207 Statistics 5 Sophia Intro to Statistics 5
MM212 College Algebra 5 Sophia College Algebra 5
MM250 Discrete Mathematics 5 Study.com Math 108: Discrete Math 5
100/200

Level

Arts and Humanities Requirement 5 Sophia Introduction to Ethics or lots other options 5
100/200

Level

Science Requirement 5 Sophia Environmental Science

Note: You also do human biology or chemistry though environment science should be the fastest to do.

5
100/200

Level

Social Science Requirement 5 Sophia U.S. Government 5
Totals 45 40

Major Requirements[edit]

ID Course Competency

Units Value

Course

Provider

Course Name Purdue

Credit

IT104 Introduction to Cybersecurity 5 Study.com Computer Science 110: Introduction to Cybersecurity 5
IN203 Networking With Microsoft Technologies 5
IN205 Routing and Switching I 5
IN206 Routing and Switching II 5
IT244 Python Programming 3 Sophia or Study.com Introduction to Python Programming or

Computer Science 113: Programming in Python

Note: This course comes in as 3cr for IT244, then you also get 2cr of LL elective.

5
IT262 Certified Ethical Hacking I 5 CompTIA CySA+ 5
IT273 Networking Concepts 5 Sophia Introduction to Networking 5
IT275 Linux System Administration 5 CompTIA Linux+ 5
IT286 Network Security Concepts 5 CompTIA CySA+ 5
IT374 Linux Security 6
IT390 Intrusion Detection and Incident Response 6 CompTIA CySA+ 6
IT395 Certified Ethical Hacking II 6 CompTIA CySA+ 6
IT400 Ethics in Cybersecurity 6
IT411 Digital Forensics 6
IT484 Cybersecurity Policies 6 Study.com Computer Science 332: Cybersecurity Policies and Management 6
IT497 Bachelor's Capstone in Cybersecurity 6
Totals 85 48

Open Electives[edit]

ID Course Competency

Units Value

Course

Provider

Course Name Purdue

Credit

Any ID Whatever you want 50 W3Schools

Sophia

PHP Certificate

(39cr) +

2 Sophia courses

47
Totals 50 47

Total Transfer Credit[edit]

ID Course Competency

Units Value

Course

Provider

Course Name Purdue

Transfer Credit

(135 max transfer credits)

Core Requirements 45 40
Major Requirements 85 48
Open Electives 50 47
Totals 180 135

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