Computer Science (BS) with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by Walker School of Business & Technology/Math & Computer Science Department

Program Description

Students in this major are focused on making the computer system perform at its highest level. They will become proficient in programming and in understanding the best uses of the machine. These individuals will become the IT professionals who keep the infrastructure running. They will be qualified to create new systems, as well as having the skills to maintain and update older systems. They will be versatile in solving problems that would jeopardize an organization; they will form the backbone of the internal IT staff.

The graduates from this degree will be prepared for demanding positions in public and private sectors overseeing, operating, or protecting critical computer systems, information, networks, infrastructures and communications networks.

Students will be able to apply their knowledge and critical thinking related to domestic and international legal systems, private and public policies, and ethics, as they apply cybersecurity to, information protection, terrorism, fraud, theft, intelligence/ counterintelligence, pre-emptive and strategic force operation application situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the field of computer science.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to the program content.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles of software systems.
  • Students will analyze, design and document a system component using appropriate computer science techniques and models.
  • Students will make a formal presentation of a software system project including the demonstration of a working application.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of advanced software development techniques.
  • Students will be capable of effectively integrating knowledge in the field of cybersecurity to propose solutions to real world problems.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

All upper-level courses must be taken at Webster University. All cybersecurity classes must be taken at Webster University

Required Courses

  • COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
  • COSC 1560 Computer Programming II (3 hours)
  • COSC 1570 Math for Computer Science (3 hours)
  • COSC 2610 Operating Systems (3 hours)
  • COSC 2670 Telecommunications (3 hours)
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
  • COSC 3050 Data Structures I (3 hours)
  • COSC 3100 Data Structures II (3 hours)
  • COSC 4110 Database Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 4120 Database Applications (3 hours)
  • CSSS 2410 Cybersecurity and Internet Architecture (3 hours)
  • CSSS 2510 Cyber Attacks and Defenses (3 hours)
  • CSSS 3510 Writing Secure Code (3 hours)
  • CSSS 4510 Cybersecurity Capstone Project (3 hours)