Hands-On Cyber Education

Continuing this Fall, Computer Science and Cyber Engineering students at Louisiana Tech will be "Living with Cyber." Modeled after our highly successful "Living with the Lab" engineering courses, the freshman computer science curriculum will be using a hands-on computing platform (stay tuned for details) to provide students hand-on projects in learning the intricacies of planning, designing, programming, deploying, using, and evaluating software in an immersive learning environment. Using these devices, students will create software applications, while developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to form the foundation of their academic degree and prepare them for the numerous career opportunities in these fields.


Courses

The following three courses taught at Louisiana Tech will be the parts of Living with Cyber initiative:

  • CSC 130 - The Science of Computing I

    An introduction to computing, introductory programming using an objects-first approach, problem analysis and solution, basic algorithm development. This is the first Living with Cyber course.

  • CSC 131 - The Science of Computing II

    Analysis, design, and implementation of programs; intermediate algorithm development; more coverage of programming language features. This is the second Living with Cyber course.

  • CSC 132 - The Science of Computing III

    Introduction to computer graphics and graphical user interfaces; algorithm development; more coverage of programming language features; recursion. 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

Device Requirements

To participate in our Living with Cyber program, you will need a unique hardware platform. The information regarding devices and accessories, with their minimum required configuration, is available here.

Students participating in the 2015-16 Living with Cyber pilot will be provided these devices during the first week of class (i.e., there will be no need to purchase them). Note that you will need your own laptop (this is a College of Engineering and Science requirement).

Contact

Are you interested in getting started? E-mail us at ace@latech.edu.

For admission information to Louisiana Tech University, call the Admissions office at +1-800-LATECH-1 or e-mail bulldog@latech.edu.

For more information on admissions, please click here.

Note that Living with Cyber will be piloted once more in the 2015-16 academic year. Placement in the Living with Cyber courses will occur during freshman orientation and will require a Math ACT score of 28 or greater. If you are not placed in the pilot during orientation, then you will enroll under the old freshman curriculum: CSC 100, CSC 120, and CSC 122.