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Undergraduate Degree Programs


Undergraduate Certificate Program

Mary Beth Rosson, Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, College of IST
332G Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park
Phone: 814-863-3450

University Park, Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg, World Campus

National Security Agency (NSA)

The NSA certificate indicates students have completed the courses representing the required knowledge units as specified by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for Professionals in Information Assurance and Cyber-Defense as part of Penn State’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.

To earn an undergraduate certificate in NSA, a minimum of 28 credits is required.

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses for the certificate; no course substitutions are permitted. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will not apply automatically towards completion of the certificate but instead will require review by the academic unit.

Admission Requirements:

Must be enrolled in ISTBS, SRA, SRAAL, SRABL or SRACA major.   

List of Courses* Included in the Certificate:

IST 140 (3) or CMPSC 101 (3)

IST 210 (3)

IST 220 (3)

IST 451 (3)

IST 454 (3)

IST 456 (3)

SRA 111 (3)

SRA 221 (3)

STAT 200 (4)


Effective Semester:  Spring 2015
Expiration Date:


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