Hands-on Cyber Education
Freshman Computer Science and Cyber Engineering students at Louisiana Tech are "Living with Cyber." Modeled after our highly successful "Living with the Lab" engineering courses, the freshman computing curriculum utilizes a unique hardware platform the size of a credit card to provide students hand-on projects in learning the intricacies of computing that results in an immersive learning environment. At its core, Living with Cyber is about cultivating problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students look at problems (typically in the cyberspace domain), design algorithms and propose them as solutions, and analyze them. The solutions are then implemented using the unique hardware platform. Ultimately, the curriculum provides students with an overview of computing, forms the foundation of their academic degree, and helps prepare them for the numerous career opportunities in many computing fields.
The following three courses taught at Louisiana Tech are part of the Living with Cyber curriculum:
CSC/CYEN 130 - The Science of Computing I
An introduction to computing, algorithm analysis and development, computer programming, data structures, computer architecture, and problem solving. This is the first Living with Cyber course.
CSC/CYEN 131 - The Science of Computing II
Intermediate algorithm analysis and development, object-oriented programming, high level data structures, computer architecture, and problem solving. This is the second Living with Cyber course.
CSC/CYEN 132 - The Science of Computing III
Additional coverage of algorithm analysis and development, object-oriented programming, data structures, computer architecture, and problem solving; applications of computing. This is the third Living with Cyber course.
Scope and Opportunities
Software Developer and Computer Systems Analyst are #1 and #2 Best jobs.
— US News & Report 2014
800+ new IT professional positions in infranstructure, application development, cyber security, and cloud computing in Bossier City, LA.
— CSC Corporation announcement on February 18, 2014.
In the past five years, demand for cyber security jobs has grown 3.5X faster than computer jobs and 12X faster than any other job in the labor market.
— Burning Glass Technologies, Labor market firm
To participate in the Living with Cyber curriculum, students are required to have an appropriate laptop and the curriculum's hardware platform.