BS in Network Engineering and Security

Bachelor of Science 2019-2020

Network Engineering and Security

Students in the BS Network Engineering and Security program are forbidden from minoring in Network Technology.

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 WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA

  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will graduate cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will graduate 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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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. Students must take one of the following ethics courses: CSC 208, IT 228, PHL 248/MGT 248 or REL 228/MGT 228. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.


First Year
CSC 241 Introduction to Computer Science I
OR CSC 243 Python for Programmers
OR IT 211 Introduction to Applied Programming
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
IT 223 Data Analysis
IT 240 Introduction to Databases
IT 263 Applied Networks and Security
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 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
Second Year
TDC 311 Computers in Telecommunications Systems
TDC 362 Principles of Data Communications
TDC 363 Introduction to Local Area Networks
CNS 340 Fundamentals of Information Assurance
WRD 204 Technical Writing
ORGC 201 Business and Professional Communication
OR CMN 104 Public Speaking
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
1 Philosophical Inquiry (Ethics)
Third Year
CNS 378 Host Based Security (Formerly CNS 378)
TDC 364 Voice Communications Technologies
TDC 365 Network Interconnection Technologies
TDC 371 Wireless Communications Networks
TDC 372 Wan Services
TDC 377 Fundamentals of Network Security
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Experiential Learning
1 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab or Science as a Way of Knowing
Fourth Year
TDC 375 Network Protocols
TDC 376 Network Project (Capstone)
2 Major Electives
6 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
Major Electives

Major Electives can be chosen from any 300 level TDC or CNS 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. 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.