BS in Information Assurance and Security Engineering

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Information Assurance and Security Engineering

In the BS in Information Assurance and Security Engineering students will learn the fundamentals of information security, security infrastructure design and implementation, computer forensics, risk assessment as well as the impact of security requirements on a business operation. Students learn to design, implement and manage various security infrastructure components through hands-on activities in our state-of the-art Information Assurance and Security Laboratory. The lab environment includes multi-vendor firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, intrusion detection and prevention systems, routers, switches, and event correlation systems.
Online Learning Options
Many courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course- specific prerequisites.

First Year
CSC 233 Codes and Ciphers
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
IT 240 Introduction to Databases
IT 263 Applied Networks and Security
IT 231 Web Development I
MAT 140 Discrete Mathematics I
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
Second Year
CSC 211 Programming in Java I AND CSC 212 Programming in Java II
OR CSC 261 Programming in C++ I AND CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
CSC 373 Computer Systems I
CNS 340 Fundamentals of Information Assurance
TDC 365 Network Interconnection Technologies
TDC 375 Network Protocols
WRD 204 Technical Writing
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
TDC 377 Fundamentals of Network Security
CNS 320 Computer Forensic and Incident Response
CNS 378 Host Based Security
ORGC 212 Small Group Communication
OR INTC 220 Public Speaking
1 Major Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Arts & Literature
Fourth Year
ACC 101 Introduction to Accounting I
OR FIN 290 Finance for Non-Business Majors
CSC 374 Computer Systems II
TDC 379 Telecommunication and Network Security Practicum
CNS 228 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Information Security
CNS 394 Information Systems Security Engineering I
CNS 395 Information Systems Security Engineering II (Capstone)
1 Major Elective
4 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Major Electives
Major Electives can be chosen from any 300 level CDM courses.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.