Computer Science (BS) with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity


Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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This program is offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology/Mathematics and Computer Science Department. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at select international campuses. Please see the Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Program Description

The bachelor of science degree in computer science with an emphasis in cybersecurity is designed around identified core knowledge areas of computer science. Students will also study foundational cybersecurity concepts. The program includes theoretical and practical approaches to prepare students entering the cybersecurity workforce or to continue their education in a professional graduate degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of computer science in the following core knowledge areas:
    • Software development.
    • Algorithms and data structures.
    • Computer organization, hardware, and architecture.
    • Data and information management.
  • Describe how technological advances impact social issues and professional practice.
  • Write and orally communicate technical material effectively and professionally.
  • Apply problem-solving skills and the knowledge of computer science to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of cybersecurity terms and phraseology.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of cybersecurity threats to IT systems.
  • Describe the roles, responsibilities and tools of a cybersecurity professional.

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

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

At least 30 of the required 57 hours must be taken at Webster University.

All upper-level (3000 and above) courses must be taken at Webster University. All cybersecurity courses 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 Network Principles (3 hours)
  • COSC 2710 Social Engineering and Society (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 3230 Human-Computer Interaction (3 hours)
  • COSC 3510 Computer Architecture (3 hours)
  • COSC 4110 Database Concepts (3 hours)
  • COSC 4120 Database Applications (3 hours)
  • MATH 2410 Discrete Mathematics (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 3520 Cybersecurity Programs, Policies and Ethics (3 hours)
  • CSSS 4510 Cybersecurity Capstone Project (3 hours)