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Cyber Security Specialization

Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a Cyber Security Specialization

I. Required Courses (45-49 semester credits)

COSC 112 - Computer Science I (4 credits)
COSC 113 - Computer Science II (4 credits)
COSC 208 - Discrete Structures (3 credits)
COSC 214 - Data Structures & Algorithms (4 credits)
COSC 254 - Computer Organization (4 credits)
COSC 330 - Systems Programming I (3 credits)
COSC 350 - Programming Languages (3 credits)
COSC 354 - Computer Architecture (3 credits)
COSC 370 - Comp Ethics, Social & Legal  (3 credits)
COSC 414 - Operating Systems (3 credits)
COSC 428 - Design & Analysis of Algorithms (3 credits)
COSC 430 - Systems Programming II (3 credits)
COSC 465 - Software Engineering (3 credits)
COSC 480 - Senior Capstone (3 credits)
COSC 495 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)

*Note: COSC 190 may be substituted for COSC 112 & COSC 113.

II. Electives in Computer Science (9 semester hours)

A minimum of 9 semester hours of 200-400 level courses in COSC, with at least 3 semester hours at the 300-400 level.  These credits can be satisfied when a student takes any three of the required courses below for the Cyber Security specialization.

Cyber Security Specialization (18 semester hours)

Students completing the Cyber Security specialization must take the following required courses in computer science.
(Please see your adviser if you have questions)

COSC 345 - Foundations of Computer and Network Security (3 credits)
COSC 352 - Princpls & Mthds of Intrusion Detection/Prevtn (3 credits)
COSC 402 - Software and Operating System Security (3 credits)
COSC 420 - Database Management (3 credits)
COSC 445 - Fundamentals of Cryptography and Applications (3 credits)
COSC 485 - Data Communications and Networks (3 credits)

III. Required Mathematical Courses (14 semester hours)

MATH 225 - Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 226 - Calculus II (4 credits)
MATH 228 - Linear Algebra (3 credits)
MATH 155 - Probability & Statistics (3 credits)

IV. Required Courses in Natural Laboratory Sciences (14 semester hours)

(7-8 semester hours) To include:

LIFE SCIENCE: 

  • BIOL  102  Introductory Biology                                  4

PHYSICAL SCIENCE:

  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry                                    4
  • PHYS 271 General Physics I                                       4
  • PHYS 272 General Physics II                                      4 

NOTE:  One of the courses must have an associated laboratory experience. Take at least one course from life science and one from physical science that are required for science majors. (Note: BIOL 101 or 203 do not meet the criteria, they are not a core requirement for Science majors.

V. Required  English Course (3 semester hours)

ENGL 362 - Technical Writing for Computer Science (3 credits)

Note: Computer Science majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course in areas I through V above.

VI. General Education Requirements (18 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours)

ENGL 101 - Expository Writing (3 credits)
ENGL 102 - Argument and Research (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

COMM 101 - Oral Communications (3 credits)
____ ____    Arts & Humanities Electives (3 credits)

Choose from designated General Education courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, and theater. (The Arts and Humanities Elective must be in a discipline other than COMM.)

Social Sciences (6 semester hours)

HIST 114 - African American History to 1865 (3 credits), or
HIST 115 - African American History after 1865 (3 credits), and
___  ___   Social Sciences Elective (3 credits)

Choose from designated General Education courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or interdisciplinary social science. (The Social Sciences Elective must be in a discipline other than HIST.)

Note: Science, Mathematics, and Technology, General Education Requirements are satisfied by taking the required courses listed in areas I through IV.

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours) are usually satisfied by a course in area I and courses in area IV. Additional courses, if needed, are chosen with department advisement from designated General Education courses in any category. 

VII. Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)

FRSE 101 Freshmen Seminar 3

Freshmen Seminar (FRSE 101) is required for all entering freshmen and for all transfer students with fewer than 12 credits.

Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)

Choose one of the General Education courses designated for this category.

HEED 102 Life and Health (3 credits)
HEED 200 Fundamentals of Sex Education (3 credits)
IDIS 210 Issues in Women's Health (3 credits)