# Major in Computer Science with a Track in Computer Security

The Computer Science major with a track in Computer Security requires 85–87 units to be earned with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 30 major units must be taken at Towson University.

The Computer Science major with a track in Computer Security requires 85–87 units to be earned with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 30 major units must be taken at Towson University.

Code | Title | Units |
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Required Computer Science Courses | ||

COSC 236 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I | 4 |

COSC 237 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II | 4 |

COSC 290 | PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER ORGANIZATION | 4 |

COSC 336 | DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS | 4 |

COSC 350 | DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING | 3 |

COSC 412 | SOFTWARE ENGINEERING | 3 |

COSC 439 | OPERATING SYSTEMS | 3 |

COSC 455 | PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION | 3 |

COSC 457 | DATABSE MNGT SYS | 3 |

Required Math Courses | ||

MATH 263 | DISCRETE MATHEMATICS | 3 |

or MATH 267 | INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT MATHEMATICS | |

MATH 273 | CALCULUS I | 4 |

MATH 274 | CALCULUS II | 4 |

MATH 314 | INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY | 3 |

MATH 330 | INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS | 4 |

Required Security Track Courses | ||

COSC 310 | SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED PROGRAMMING | 3 |

COSC 440 | OPERATING SYSTEMS SECURITY | 3 |

COSC 450 | NETWORK SECURITY | 3 |

COSC 458 | APPLICATION SOFTWARE SECURITY | 3 |

COSC 481 | CASE STUDIES IN COMPUTER SECURITY | 3 |

COSC 485 | REVERSE ENGINEERING AND MALWARE ANALYSIS | 3 |

Science Requirement | ||

Two lab science courses taken from physics, biology or chemistry, which must be accepted in that major. A list of approved courses can be found on the department's website. | 8 | |

Elective Math/Science Courses | ||

Select either one 4-unit or two 3-unit math courses (from the following), or one math course and one science course accepted in that major, for a minimum of 4 units. | 4-6 | |

MATH 265 | ELEMENTARY LINEAR ALGEBRA | 4 |

MATH 275 | CALCULUS III | 4 |

MATH 374 | DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS | 3 |

MATH 377 | MATHEMATICAL MODELS | 3 |

MATH 378 | SCIENTIFIC MODELNG AND SIMULATION | 3 |

MATH 435 | NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I | 3 |

MATH 437 | OPERATIONS RESEARCH | 3 |

MATH 451 | GRAPH THEORY | 3 |

MATH 467 | ALGEBRAIC STRUCTURES | 3 |

Core Curriculum Requirements | ||

Must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. | ||

COMM 131 | FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION (Core 5) | 3 |

COSC 418 | ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL CONCERNS OF COMPUTER SCIENTISTS (Core 14) | 3 |

Total Units | 85-87 |

## Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman | |||
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Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

COSC 236 | 4 | COSC 237 | 4 |

MATH 273 (Core 3) | 4 | MATH 274 | 4 |

COMM 131 | 3 | Lab-Science (from approved list) | 4 |

Core | 3 | Core | 3 |

14 | 15 | ||

Sophomore | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

COSC 336 | 4 | COSC 290 | 4 |

MATH 263 | 3 | MATH 330 | 4 |

Lab-Science (from approved list) | 4 | COSC 412 | 3 |

Core | 3 | Core | 3 |

Core | 3 | ||

14 | 17 | ||

Junior | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

COSC 310 | 3 | COSC 439 | 3 |

COSC 350 | 3 | COSC 455 | 3 |

MATH 314 | 3 | COSC 457 | 3 |

ENGL 317 | 3 | COSC 418 | 3 |

Core 9 | 3 | Core or Elective | 3 |

15 | 15 | ||

Senior | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

COSC 440 | 3 | COSC 481 | 3 |

COSC 450 | 3 | COSC 485 | 3 |

COSC 458 | 3 | Science/Math Elective (from approved list) | 3 |

Core or Elective | 3 | Core or Elective | 3 |

Core or Elective | 3 | Core or Elective | 3 |

15 | 15 | ||

Total Units 120 |

1. Use their proficiency in theoretical and applied computing principles and practices to solve a variety of problems.

2. Explain the theoretical and applied principles that underlie computer science.

3. Understand the ethical and societal concerns and dilemmas facing computer scientists, and formulate appropriate solutions and courses of action.

4. Work effectively in teams and communicate effectively.