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Tactical Computer Operations (TCO) is a discipline involving the offensive side of computer and forensics operations. Expertise in this field includes the ability to understand and work at the operating system kernel level, understand and work with shared libraries and application program interfaces, manipulation of network traffic at the frame level, network stack redirection, anti-forensic obfuscation, penetration engineering, and reverse engineering. Mobile devices have also opened up a plethora of offensive opportunities that needs to be understood and mastered in order to better protect and serve.

The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.


Students applying to this certificate must hold a bachelor's degree in either computer science or computer engineering. Prospective students without these specific degrees will need to have a technical bachelor's degree and show academic competence in the areas of: C (C++, C#, Objective C), Assembler, discrete mathematics, and computer networking. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) is required. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites for courses by either taking the appropriate undergraduate courses or through instructor permission.

Banner Code: VS-CERG-TCO

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

Certificate Courses

CS 571Operating Systems3
ECE 511Microprocessors3
CFRS 761Malware Reverse Engineering3
Total Credits9


Select two courses from the following:6
Penetration Testing in Computer Forensics
Mobile Application Forensics and Analysis
Kernel Forensics and Analysis
Cryptography and Computer Network Security
Security Laboratory
Network Security
Secure Software Design
Security Protocol Analysis
Total Credits6