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Ensuring our students know how to protect digital information is crucial to Western’s computer science programs and helps us provide students with the skills to succeed in the computer science and information technology industries.

According to The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a CAE-CD designation indicates that Western helps reduce threats to our national infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense as well as provide the nation with a pipeline of qualified cybersecurity professionals. We are committed to helping our students prepare to step up to leadership roles as the next generation of computer scientists who know not only how to code and develop, but also how to keep information secure in the organizations they serve.

Program Requirements

CS Core

Code Class Name Credits Instructor
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 Marc Rubin
CS 191 Computer Science II 3
CS 195 Database Management System 3
CS 250 Web Application Development I 3 Marc Rubin
CS 280 Data Structures 3 Sam Micka
CS 330 Operating Systems and Architecture 3 Doug MacGregor
CS 370 Systems Programming in C 3 Marc Rubin
CS 412 Software Engineering 3 Marc Rubin
CS 470 Algorithms 3 Sam Micka
CS 495 Senior Project 3 Marc Rubin
Total Credits 30


Information Security Emphasis

Code Class Name Credits Instructor
CS 170 Information Security and Hacking 3 Doug MacGregor
CS 235  Computer Networks 3
CS 360  System Security 3 Doug MacGregor
CS 450 Ethical Hacking and Malware 3 Doug MacGregor
CS 460  Network Security 3 Doug MacGregor
MAT 140 College Algebra 3
Total Credits 18

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