Computer Engineering BSCE / Cybersecurity MS

Major: Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE) and Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 226.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-ops (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0901
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-1132

About the Program

The computer engineering undergraduate degree program is designed to provide our students with breadth in engineering, the sciences, mathematics, and the humanities, as well as depth in both software and hardware disciplines appropriate for a computer engineer. It embodies the philosophy and style of the Drexel Engineering Curriculum, and will develop the student's design and analytical skills. In combination with the co-op experience, it opens to the student opportunities in engineering practice, advanced training in engineering or in other professions, and an entry to business and administration.

As a greater percentage of people worldwide use computers, there is a marked increase in cybersecurity concerns. Motivated through discussions with the National Security Agency (NSA), Drexel University's MS in Cybersecurity program prepares students with both academic and practical training to be competitive in today's rapidly changing technical landscape. The program provides deeply technical and specialized training and enables graduates to understand, adapt, and develop new techniques to confront emerging threats in cybersecurity.

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate and readiness for graduate work, both in terms of academic performance and relevant preparatory undergraduate courses. Required are a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and completion of 80 credits; with minimum grade of B in the following courses: ECE 105, ECE 200, ECE 201, and ECEC 201.

Degree Requirements

Note: Students majoring in Computer Engineering must have a 2.0 cumulative overall GPA and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in their Professional Requirements courses.  

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Communications Elective3.0
Techniques of Speaking
Technical Communication
General Education Requirements **15.0
Foundation Requirements
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CS 260Data Structures3.0
CS 265Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques3.0
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 221Discrete Mathematics3.0
MATH 291Complex and Vector Analysis for Engineers4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Science Elective3.0
Choose any BIO, CHEM, or PHYS
Professional Requirements
ECE 101Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Real World1.0
ECE 105Programming for Engineers II3.0
ECE 200Digital Logic Design4.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits I4.0
ECE 301Foundations of Electric Circuits II4.0
ECE 303ECE Laboratory3.0
ECE 350Introduction to Computer Organization3.0
ECE 361Probability and Data Analytics for Engineers4.0
ECEC 201Advanced Programming for Engineers3.0
ECEC 204Design with Microcontrollers3.0
ECES 301Signals and Systems I4.0
Senior Design ***
ECE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
ECE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
ECE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CE Core Elective (select one)3.0
Electronic Devices
Foundations of Electromagnetics for Computing & Wireless Systems
Fundamentals of Power and Energy
ECE Electives 6.0
ECE 400-level Electives ††9.0
Free Electives27.0
Master's Degree Courses
INFO 517Principles of Cybersecurity3.0
INFO 725Information Policy and Ethics3.0
SE 578Security Engineering3.0
Cybersecurity Track-Specific Technical Electives27.0
Choose from lists below depending on track
Computer Science Track Electives
Fundamentals of Databases
Introduction to Programming
Data Structures and Algorithms
Systems Basics
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Data Structures and Algorithms I
Data Structures and Algorithms II
High Performance Computing
Operating Systems
Computer Networks
Programming Languages
Compiler Construction I
Compiler Construction II
Software Design
Dependable Software Systems
Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Knowledge-based Agents
Machine Learning
Advanced Data Structure and Algorithms
Approximation Algorithms
Cognitive Systems
Advanced Operating Systems
Network Security
Distributed Systems Software
Program Generation and Optimization
Reverse Software Engineering
Research Rotations in Cybersecurity
Computer Networks II
Database Theory II
Complexity Theory
Topics in Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering Track Electives
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Pattern Recognition
Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware
Computational Principles of Representation and Reasoning
Principles of Data Analysis
Principles of Decision Making
Combinational Circuit Design
Sequential Circuit Design
Design for Testability
Dependable Computing
Principles of Computer Networking
Fundamentals of Computer Networks
High Performance Computer Architecture
Parallel Programming
Advanced Topics in Computer Architecture
Performance Analysis of Computer Networks
Advanced Topics in Computer Networking
Web Security I
Web Security II
Web Security III
Digital Systems Design
Fundamentals of Systems I
Fundamentals of Systems II
Fundamentals of Systems III
Probability & Random Variables
Random Process & Spectral Analysis
Detection & Estimation Theory
Digital Signal Processing for Sound & Hearing
Processing of the Human Voice
Optimal Estimation & Stochastic Control
Estimation Theory
Multimedia Forensics and Security
Communications I
Communications II
Communications III
Fundamentals of Deterministic Digital Signal Processing
Fundamentals of Statistical Digital Signal Processing
Optimal Control
Digital Control Systems Analysis & Design
Computer Control Systems
Intelligent Control
Fundamentals of Image Processing
Image Reconstruction Algorithms
Optimization Methods for Engineering Design
Mathematical Program Engineering Design
Computer-Aided Network Design
Machine Learning & Adaptive Control
Reliable Communications & Coding I
Reliable Communications & Coding II
Reliable Communications & Coding III
Fundamentals of Communications Engineering
Physical Foundations of Telecommunications Networks
Wireless Systems
Wireless Networks
Information Theory and Coding
Optical Communications and Networks
Internet Laboratory
Information Track Electives
Software Development
Perspectives on Information Systems
Foundations of Data and Information
Database Management Systems
Advanced Database Management
Applied Database Technologies
Knowledge Base Systems
XML and Databases
Information Retrieval Systems
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Information Visualization
Data Mining
Information Systems Management
Intro to Web Programming
Information Architecture
Introduction to Data Analytics
Metadata and Resource Description
Cross-platform Mobile Development
US Government Information
Information Forensics
Information Assurance
Cybersecurity Non-Track Electives 9.0
Total Credits226.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 coop Co-Terminal

First Year
CHEM 1013.5COOP 101 or CIVC 101*1.0CIVC 101 or COOP 101*1.0VACATION
ECE 1011.0ECE 2004.0ECE 1053.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0 
ENGR 1113.0MATH 1224.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0PHYS 1014.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV E1011.0 PHYS 1024.0 
 15.5 16 18 0
Second Year
  ECEC 2013.0CS 2653.0
  ENGL 103 or 1133.0ECEC 2043.0
  ENGR 2313.0ENGR 2323.0
  MATH 2213.0PHYS 2014.0
  (UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0
 0 0 19 19
Third Year
INFO 725 (GR)3.0 ECE 3014.0PHIL 3153.0
  ECE 3503.0(UG) CE Core elective***3.0
  ECES 3014.0(UG) Science elective (Any BIO, CHEM or PHYS course)3.0
  (UG) General Education Elective**3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0
  INFO 5173.0SE 5783.0
 3 0 20 19
Fourth Year
(GR) Non-Track Technical Elective3.0(GR) Track Technical Elective3.0MATH 2914.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0
  (UG) ECE elective3.0(UG) Free electives6.0
  (UG) Free elective3.0(GR) Track Technical Elective3.0
  (GR) Track Technical Electives6.0(GR) Non-Track Technical Elective3.0
 3 3 19 18
Fifth Year
ECE 4913.0ECE 4923.0ECE 4933.0 
(UG) ECE 400-level Elective††3.0(UG) ECE 400-level elective††3.0(UG) ECE 400-level elective††3.0 
(UG) General Education elective**3.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0(UG) General Education elective**3.0 
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0 
(GR) Track Technical Elective3.0(GR) Track Technical Electives6.0(GR) Track Technical electives6.0 
(GR) Non-Track Technical Elective3.0   
 18 18 18 
Total Credits 226.5
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