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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a variety of academic training programs in information security and assurance geared to meet the needs of those individuals seeking to become information security professionals. Each individual security program combines theory and practice to enable the student to gain the necessary knowledge to compete in the information security field. Currently the following programs are offered:

  • B.S. Computer Science with ISA concentration
  • M.S. computer Science with ISA concentration
  • Undergraduate Certificate Programs

B.S. Computer Science with ISA concentrations

This degree program is for the individual seeking a 4-year degree in computer science with a concentration in information security and assurance. It is designed for new and transfer students.

M.S. Computer Science with ISA concentrations

This degree program is for the individual seeking an advanced degree in computer science with a concentration in information security and assurance.

Information Security and Assurance Concentration (Project option)

Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CPSC 5100

Computer Programming Languages

3

CPSC 5550*

Client Server Systems

3

CPSC 5800

Advanced Topics in Software System

3

CPSC 5700

Advanced Computer Architecture

3

CPSC 5210

Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms

3

 

Specialty Courses                                                                                                            12

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CPSC 5550*

Client Server Systems (both core and specialty course)

3

CPSC 5620

Computer Network Security

3

CPSC 5680

Computer Forensics

3

Plus at least 6 hours chosen from:

CPSC 4600

Biometrics and Cryptography

3

CPSC 4610

Information Security Management

3

CPSC 4660

Vulnerability Analysis and Auditing

3

CPSC 4670

Database Security and Auditing

3

CPSC 4640

Internet Security Protocol

3

CPSC 5140

Design of Distributed Systems

3

* CPSC 5550 is both a core and a specialty course. This requires 15 credit hours of specialty courses under the project option.

Unrestricted Electives                                                                                                      6

Courses related to the student?s degree objectives may be chosen from the Computer Science Electives or from an area(s) other than computer science in consultation with the adviser and Graduate Coordinator.

Project

CPSC 5900

Project

3

Total                                                                                                                                 36

Information Security and Assurance Concentration (Thesis option)

Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CPSC 5100

Computer Programming Languages

3

CPSC 5550*

Client Server Systems

3

CPSC 5800

Advanced Topics in Software System

3

CPSC 5700

Advanced Computer Architecture

3

CPSC 5210

Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms

3

 

Specialty Courses                                                                                                            12

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CPSC 5550*

Client Server Systems (both core and specialty course)

3

CPSC 5620

Computer Network Security

3

CPSC 5680

Computer Forensics

3

Plus at least 3 hours chosen from:

CPSC 4600

Biometrics and Cryptography

3

CPSC 4610

Information Security Management

3

CPSC 4660

Vulnerability Analysis and Auditing

3

CPSC 4670

Database Security and Auditing

3

CPSC 4640

Internet Security Protocol

3

CPSC 5140

Design of Distributed Systems

3

* CPSC 5550 is both a core and a specialty course. This requires 15 credit hours of specialty courses under the project option.

   

Unrestricted Electives                                                                                                     6

Courses related to the student degree objectives may be chosen from the Computer Science Electives or from an area(s) other than computer science in consultation with the adviser and Graduate Coordinator.

Project

CPSC 5900

Project

3

Total                                                                                                                                   36

 

Unrestricted Elective                                                                                                         3

A course(s) related to the student?s degree objectives may be chosen from the Computer Science Electives or from an area other than computer science in consultation with the adviser and Graduate Coordinator.

Thesis                                                                                                                                6

CPSC 5999r

Thesis

6

Total                                                                                                                                 33

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers two undergraduate certificate programs intended to provide interested individuals with Information Security knowledge and skills they can use to enhance their work in industry and government.

Certificate in Information Systems Security Admission Requirements

Knowledge of Math and Programming is required as demonstrated by the satisfactory completion of Math 1910/1911 and CPSC 1100, with a minimum grade of C or their equivalents.  Individuals will be admitted to the Certificate in Information Systems Security if they meet the admission requirements of the University as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog, and have satisfied all prerequisite courses assigned by the Computer Science Coordinator.   

Course Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CRMJ 1100

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

3

CPSC 1110

Data Structures and Problem Solving

3

CPSC 3600

Principle of Information Security and Assurance

3

CPSC 4550

Computer Networks

3

CPSC 4600

Biometrics and Cryptography

3

CPSC 4620

Computer Network Security

3

Total hours                                                                                                                        18

 

Certificate in Advanced Information Systems Security

Admission Requirements

Individuals will be admitted to the Certificate in Advanced Information Systems Security if they meet the admission requirements of the University as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog, have a Certificate in Information Systems Security, and have satisfied all prerequisite courses assigned by the Computer Science Coordinator.

Course Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

CPSC 4680

Computer Crime Investigations

3

CPSC 4670

Database Security and Auditing

3

CPSC 4660

System Vulnerability Analysis and Auditing

3

Total hours                                                                                                                       9

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