Program Overview

The Bachelor in Science in Computer Information System Security (CISS) is designed as a two-year, 92 credit program.  Degree students will build on the Associate in Applied Science – Transfer Degree in Cybersecurity from Whatcom Community College by continuing their education to gain a baccalaureate degree in CISS.  Instruction in the CISS program will be delivered with a mix of face-to-face evening and hybrid courses. 

Course Prerequisite Structure

The Final Two Years at WWU

Required Computer and Information System Security (CISS) Courses

Course ID

Title

Upper
division

Credits

CISS 247

Computer Systems I

 

5

CISS 301

Formal languages and Functional Programming

5

5

CISS 349

Computer System Administration

4

4

CISS 360

Operating Systems Concepts

3

3

CISS 461

Computer Security

4

4

CISS 495

Computer Security Project

3

3

 

Total required WWU computer science courses

19

24

Required Support Courses

Course ID

Title

GUR /WP
Category

Upper-
division

Credits

ENG 302

Technical Writing

WP3

5

5

ISTM 201

Science Literacy

SCI

 

3

MATH 125

Calculus 2

QSR

 

5

MATH 341

Probability and Statistical Inference

 

4

4

PHYS 162

Physics with Calculus II

LSCI

 

5

 

Total required WWU support courses

9

22

Computer and Information System Security Electives

Students must choose four of the following elective topics, each for 4 credits. 
CISS 346         Secure Software Development
CISS 421         Computer Forensics
CISS 422         Dynamic Analysis of Software
CISS 423         Software Reverse Engineering
CISS 464         Penetration Testing
CISS 469         Advanced Network System Security
CISS 478         Cryptographic Techniques

Recommended GUR Courses

Course ID

Title

GUR
Category

Upper-
division
credits

Credits

JOUR 190

Introduction to Mass Media

SSC

 

5

JOUR 375

Diversity, Mass Media and Social Change

BCGM

4

4

LBRL 325

Surveillance, Voyeurism and the Culture of Suspicion

HUM

4

4

MGMT 271

Law and the Business Environment

SSC

 

4

PHIL 360

Society, Law and Morality

HUM

3

3

PLSC 250

The American Political System

SSC

 

5

PLSC 346

Politics of Inequality

ACGM

5

5

 

Total recommended WWU GUR courses

 

16

30

CISS Program Credit Hour Totals

 

Upper-division

Credits

Courses taken at WCC

 

91

Required WWU CSCI and CISS courses

19

24

Required WWU support courses

9

22

WWU CISS Electives

16

16

Recommended GUR courses

16

30

Total

60

183

 

As shown in Figure 1, the first year at WWU can be the same for all students in the program.

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Required CSCI courses

CISS 247 (5)

CISS 301 (5)

CISS 360 (3)

Required Support Courses

ENG 302 (5)

MATH 125 (5)

MATH 341 (4)
PHYS 162 (5)

Recommended GUR Courses

JOUR 190 (5)

JOUR 375 (4)

MGMT 271 (4)

 

The course schedule for the second year at WWU is determined by the choice of elective courses.  We can identify the most likely electives for each of the expected roles fro graduates of the program.


System Administration

CISS 421  Computer Forensics
CISS 422  Dynamic Analysis of Software
CISS 464  Penetration Testing
CISS 469  Advanced Network System Security

Secure Software Development

CISS 346  Secure Software Development
CISS 464  Penetration Testing
CISS 469  Advanced Network System Security
CISS 478  Cryptographic Techniques

Reactive Forensics

CISS 421  Computer Forensics
CISS 464  Penetration Testing
CISS 469  Advanced Network System Security
CISS 478  Cryptographic Techniques

Proactive Forensics

CISS 421  Computer Forensics
CISS 422  Dynamic Analysis of Software
CISS 423  Software Reverse Engineering
CISS 464  Penetration Testing

The following course schedules for the second year enable completion of the WWU component of the program in two academic years.

1.1 System Administration

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Required CSCI and CISS courses

CISS 349 (4)
CISS 461 (4)

 

CISS 495 (3)

CISS Electives

 

CISS 421 (4)
CISS 464 (4)

CISS 422 (4)
CISS 469 (4)

Recommended GUR Courses

ISTM 201 (3)
PLSC 250 (5)

LBRL 325 (4)
PLSC 346 (5)

PHIL 360 (3)

1.2 Secure Software Development

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Required CSCI and CISS courses

CISS 349 (4)
CISS 461 (4)

 

CISS 495 (3)

CISS Electives

               

CISS 346 (4)
CISS 464 (4)

CISS 469 (4)
CISS 478 (4)

Recommended GUR Courses

ISTM 201 (3)
PLSC 250 (5)

LBRL 325 (4)
PLSC 346 (5)

PHIL 360 (3)

1.3 Reactive Forensics

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Required CSCI and CISS courses

CISS 349 (4)
CISS 461 (4)

 

CISS 495 (3)

CISS Electives

 

CISS 421 (4)
CISS 464 (4)

CISS 469 (4)
CISS 478 (4)

Recommended GUR Courses

ISTM 201 (3)
PLSC 250 (5)

LBRL 325 (4)
PLSC 346 (5)

PHIL 360 (3)

1.4 Proactive Forensics

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Required CSCI and CISS courses

CISS 349 (4)
CISS 461 (4)

 

CISS 495 (3)

CISS Electives

               

CISS 421 (4)
CISS 464 (4)

CISS 422 (4)
CISS 423 (4)

Recommended GUR Courses

ISTM 201 (3)
PLSC 250 (5)

LBRL 325 (4)
PLSC 346 (5)

PHIL 360 (3)

 



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