Computer Science / Cybersecurity

Major

Gain training on the most technical end of the computer science spectrum while learning the ins and outs of cybersecurity. Our cybersecurity major is designed to meet curricular learning outcomes set by the Association for Computing Machinery and the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Graduates are well prepared for careers in cyberdefense.

In this program, you will . . .

  • gain foundational understanding of computer science, including network operations, computational problem solving, and software development
  • learn how to analyze applications to identify and patch vulnerabilities
  • consider ethical issues of computer science and cybersecurity, along with how your Christian faith should influence your practices

Our cybersecurity program is not theoretical book learning. As a student in our program, you will directly apply concepts in hands-on courses and real-world research projects.

Cybersecurity students choose from a breadth of computer science courses and learn under faculty with a variety of cybersecurity experience and expertise.

Highlight cybersecurity courses include:

  • Computer and Network Security I & II: Learn the fundamentals of security design, vulnerability analysis, cryptography, and defensive programming.
  • Digital Forensics: Learn the tools, methodologies, and analysis techniques used for digital investigations. Students practice capturing, deciphering, reconstructing, and analyzing digital data.
  • Software Reverse Engineering & Analysis: Study defensive programming techniques, platform security, and secure software engineering. Students identify and analyze malicious software, and apply tools and techniques for identifying software vulnerabilities.

Additional hands-on opportunities:

  • Lockheed Martin Commissioned Research: Fall 2016, the Computer Science and Engineering Department was awarded $100,000 to perform computer virus research for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Labs. Students are working under Dr. Dannie Stanley on the original research, as part of both coursework and summer research initiatives.
  • TU Sec Club: A student-run club focused on cybersecurity, TU Sec meets every other week during the academic year.
  • Capture the Flag cybersecurity competitions: Each year, the CSE Department competes against other schools in a cyber capture the flag competition where each team must patch their vulnerable programs while attempting to exploit the other teams' vulnerabilities.

The Computer Science/Cybersecurity major leads to a Bachelor of Science.

See the curriculum guide.