Minors + Certificates

Minors are a wonderful opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills in an area that complements your Major. Minors can round-out your degree and give you an edge in the job market. CAST offers several minors. Talk with your advisor to determine the best fit for your needs and personal interest areas.

Available Minors:

  • Applied Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Human Services
  • Family Studies and Human Development
  • Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership

Applied Computing - The Applied Computing minor program supports students to develop skills in key computing technologies including computer networks, data processing, digital design, and software development. Students integrate these computing skills into their major field and become sophisticated users of computing technology to solve pressing problems and design systems.


Applied Computing Core Courses (9 units - Choose 3):

  • APCV 302: Statistics in Information Age
  • APCV 310: Introduction to Computing
  • APCV 320: Computational Thinking and Doing
  • APCV 401: Introduction to Human and Computer Interaction
  • CYBV 301: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • CYBV 326: Introductory Methods of Analysis
  • CYBV 329: Cyber Ethics

Applied Computing - major/elective courses (9 Units - Choose 3)

*Applied Computing Minor - No more than 9 units may double dip with another major, minor, or certificate:

  • APCV 301: Interpreting and Presenting Digitally
  • APCV 302: Statistics in Information Age
  • APCV 310: Introduction to Computing
  • APCV 320: Computational Thinking and Doing
  • APCV 360: Database Management and Fundamentals
  • APCV 361: Data Analysis and Visualization
  • APCV 401: Introduction to Human and Computer Interaction
  • APCV 403: Principles of Web Design
  • APCV 405: Introduction to Game Design
  • APCV 406: Introduction to Game Development
  • CSCV 335: Object-Oriented Programming and Design
  • CSCV 337: Web Programming
  • CSCV 352: Systems Programming and Unix
  • CSCV 381: Mobile Device Programming
  • CSCV 460: Database Design
  • CYBV 301: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • CYBV 326: Introductory Methods of Analysis
  • CYBV 329: Cyber Ethics
  • CYBV 385: Introduction to Cyber Operations
  • CYBV 473: Violent Python
  • CYBV 477: Advanced Computer Forensics
  • CYBV 479: Wireless Networking and Security
  • CYBV 496: Special Topics in Cyber Security
  • NETV 370: Introduction to Network Design and Architecture
  • NETV 371: Network Security Principles
  • NETV 374: Routing: Theories and Applications
  • NETV 375: Advanced Routing and WAN Technologies
  • NETV 378: System Administration
  • NETV 379: Cloud Computing
  • NETV/CYBV 382: Network Defense, Incident Response & Disaster Recovery

*Applied Computing Minor - No more than 9 units may double dip with another major, minor, or certificate

Computer Science - https://www.cs.arizona.edu/undergraduate/minor-cs

Human Services - The Human Services minor provides students with an introduction to the human services profession and a platform to develop the skills and knowledge associated with this field. Students acquire competencies in areas like communication, counseling and helping skills, human services theory, as well as the impact of race, gender, ethnicity, family, and social systems on the delivery of human services. This minor complements a wide array of majors, such as business, computer science, administration of justice, government and public service, psychology, and leadership.


  • Human Services Core (12 Units) 
    • FSHV 401: Skills in Counseling 3 Units
    • HUSV 301: Introduction to Human Services
    • HUSV 310: Identity, Positionality, and Cultural Humility
    • HUSV 347: Interpersonal Relationships in Human Services
  • Human Services Electives - choose 2:
    • FSHV 384: Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism
    • HUSV 357: Death and Loss in Human Services
    • HUSV 367: Transpersonal Perspectives in Human Services
    • HUSV 371: Parent, Family, Community
    • HUSV 373: Early Childhood Environments
    • HUSV 403: Advocacy and Integrative Health
    • HUSV 404: Health and Human Services
    • HUSV 410: Introduction to Group Procedures and Theory
    • HUSV 420: Introduction to Crisis Intervention
    • HUSV 430: Substance Abuse Theory and Counseling
    • HUSV 440: Introduction to Psychopathology
    • HUSV 450: Human Services: Multicultural Perspectives

Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) - FSHD is a great minor for students interested in understanding human development and in improving the quality of life for individuals, couples, families, and communities.


Choose 18 units (6 classes) from the following:

  • FSHV 323 – Infancy/Child Development
  • FSHV 337 - Family Dynamics
  • FSHV 377 – Adolescence
  • FSHV 401 – Basic Skills in Counseling
  • FSHV 405 – Theories of Counseling
  • FSHV 408 – Program Planning and Evaluation
  • FSHV 413 – Issues in Aging
  • FSHV 447A – Sociocultural Context of Development
  • FSHV 447C – Biosocial Development

Visit https://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/fshd/advising/minors for additional information.

Psychology - https://psychology.arizona.edu/psychology-minor

Government and Public Service - The minor in Government and Public Service prepares students for a variety of careers in federal, state, and local governments, business, law enforcement, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, journalism and other related professions. Students learn to speak, write, and argue effectively; conduct research and analyze data efficiently and accurately; think critically about implications, and draw conclusions that will lead to practical solutions for the modern world.


Requirements include GPSV 301 (American Political Ideas); 6 units in a GPS specialization, including: Government and Public Service, Law and Justice, Intelligence and National or International Security. An additional 9 units may be chosen from GPSV electives.

Visit https://advising.arizona.edu/minor/GPSMINU for more information.

Organizational Leadership  - To earn a minor in Organizational Leadership, students must complete six (6) courses, or 18 units, of Organizational Leadership courses. Below is the breakdown of required and available courses for the minor. 

Required courses: 

  • LDRV 302: The Leadership Function  (3 units) 
  • LDRV 471: Psychology of Leadership (3 units) 

Student will choose three courses (9 units) from the following courses: 

  • LDRV 303: Negotiations (3 units) 
  • LDRV 305: Organizational Behavior (3 units) 
  • LDRV 397 A/B: Junior-Senior Mentoring Workshop (397A = 1 unit; 397B = 2 units) 
  • LDRV 400: Developing and Maintaining Work Teams (3 units) 
  • LDRV 401: Leadership in a Diverse Environment (3 units) 


Broaden your skillset! Certificates are an excellent way to further your professional development skills in a given field. CAST offers the following graduate and undergraduate certificates to both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students.

Undergraduate Certificates:

  • Cloud Computing - The certificate in Cloud Computing provides students with experience and training in virtualization technologies, general cloud technologies, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services. Students also learn advanced topics such as incident response, defense techniques, and penetration testing.
  • Cybersecurity - This highly technical, interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate enhances career marketability for students as well as professionals looking to expand their skillset. The curriculum includes both offensive and defensive cyber security content delivered with CAST's state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment, providing hands-on experience to develop critical cyber operations knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Cyber Operations - This certificate is designed to enable students to complete the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations requirements. As such, it's available only to BAS in Cyber Operations majors admitted to the Cyber Engineering Track.
  • Cyber Defense - The certificate in Cyber Defense gives students the skills necessary to design defensible network architecture. Students employ active and passive defensive technologies and arm those defensive technologies with tactical Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI). They learn how to conduct Network Security Monitoring (NSM) and Threat Hunting operations, to respond to security incidents and defend against advanced cyber threats.
  • Digital Forensics - The certificate trains students in incident response as well as various digital forensics, including: mobile device forensics, host (Windows) and network (Linux) forensics and advanced memory forensics. Upon completion of the certificate, students are highly qualified to conduct digital investigations in the corporate, non-government and governmental environments.
  • Information Warfare - The certificate in Information Warfare focuses on both offensive and defensive information operations. Students gain the skills necessary to detect, protect, and craft advanced information operation campaigns.
  • Military Families - The certificate in Military Families provides a specific, disciplinary understanding of issues facing modern military families and cultivates skills for those working with, or intending to work in careers that support military members and their families. In this certificate program, our aim is to educate current and future professionals regarding military cultural and leadership factors, along with normative family processes, stresses and coping strategies. Students will learn to appreciate the unique experiences of military members and their families and the resultant implications for helping professionals serving this population.
  • Organizational Leadership - The undergraduate certificate in Organizational Leadership provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel as leader, managers and supervisors. This certificate is ideal for professionals and students in technical disciplines looking to expand their managerial skills.
  • Security Computing - Students in the Security Computing certificate program use Python programming language to solve cybersecurity problems and conduct digital investigations. Students develop, debug, execute, and deploy offensive and defensive python scripts, develop algorithms, determine the complexity of the algorithm, and identify cases in which the algorithm would/would not provide a reasonable approach for solving the specific problem.

Undergraduate Certificates coming soon:

  • Penetration Testing - The certificate in Penetration Testing instructs students in: identifying and characterizing network and system vulnerabilities, emulating threat actor tactics, techniques, and methodologies, and interpreting and adhering to the authorities associated with the conduct of offensive cyber operations (OCO). Upon completion of the certificate, students can plan and scope penetration tests, safely replicate techniques used by real-world cyber threats, as well as classify and assess an organization’s security posture.

Graduate Certificates:

  • Military Families - The graduate certificate in Military Families provides students with specific, disciplinary knowledge and experience of issues facing modern military families. Students who complete the certificate program will be conversant with familial relationships and family dynamics in the context of military culture, which will enhance their leadership and advocacy and/or mentoring skills to serve this population effectively.