Computer Science, B.S. - Concentration: Cybersecurity M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.S. in Computer Science (Concentration: Cybersecurity B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor's degree and the M.S. in Computer Science (Concentration: Cybersecurity Accelerated Pathway) in five years. This program has a separate admissions process and eligible students are encouraged to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall GPA of 3.0 is required
120 Overall Credits Required


 Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than the spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission.


 New students seeking admission to Southern Connecticut State University should apply online through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website:

Students must meet all of the university admissions criteria for acceptance into the program. Currently matriculated students must meet and maintain the following department requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program:


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World 1: Physical Realm (select one from):
CHE 120 – General Chemistry I
ESC 200 – Physical Geology
PHY 200 – General Physics I
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Tier 2 – Natural World 2: Life and Environment (select one from):
BIO 100 – General Zoology
BIO 101 – General Botany
BIO 103 – Biology I
BIO 120 – Microbiology
BIO 200 – Human Biology I (formerly BIO 110)
BIO 201 – Human Biology II (formerly BIO 111)
ESC 201 – Historical Geology

Tier 3 – Capstone:
CSC 400 – Computer Science Project Seminar

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


58 Credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all major CSC courses required

Computer Science Requirements
40 Credits Required

CSC 152 – CS1: Programming Fundamentals
CSC 207 – Computer Systems
CSC 212 – CS2: Data Structures
CSC 229 - Object-Oriented Programming
CSC 235 - Web and Database Development
CSC 265 - Computer Networking and Security I (grade of ‘B’ or better required)
CSC 305 - Computer Organization
CSC 321 - Algorithm Design and Analysis
CSC 324 - Computer Ethics
CSC 330 - Software Design and Development (grade of ‘B’ or better required)
CSC 400 - Computer Science Project Seminar
CSC 421 - Theory of Programming Language
CSC 425 - Operating Systems
CSC 463 - Distributed and Parallel Computing

Cybersecurity B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway
12 Credits Required
Graduate courses require a grade of 'C' or higher

CSC 540 - Database Systems
CSC 543 - Web Programming
CSC 563 - Multithreaded Distributed Programming
CSC 565 - Computer Network


34 Credits Required

MAT 150 – Calculus I
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 178 – Elementary Discrete Mathematics
MAT 221 – Intermediate Applied Statistics

Select one from these 4 sequence options:
CHE 120 and  CHE121 - General Chemistry I and II
PHY 200 and PHY 201 - General Physics I and II
PHY 230 and PHY 231 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and II
PHY 200 and ESC 210 - General Physics I and Principles of Astronomy 

Select one from:
MAT 252 - Calculus III
MAT 322 - Numerical Analysis
PHY 355 - Electricity and Electronics

Select one from:
BIO 100 – General Zoology
BIO 101 – General Botany
BIO 103 – Biology I
BIO 120 – Microbiology
BIO 200 – Human Biology I (formerly BIO 110)
BIO 201 – Human Biology II (formerly BIO 111)
ESC 201 – Historical Geology

Select one from:
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
ESC 200 - Physical Geology
PHY 200 - General Physics I 
PHY 230 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).