Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum

Undergraduates in the ICSSP program need to be pursuing a bachelor’s degree from either the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Depending on their home departments, students will follow the course sequences below, which specify the courses participants must complete for the ICSSP program (see departmental “technical elective” requirements for more detail). Participants who are in the non-CE program in ECE need to email iti-icssp-info@illinois.edu for more information on the curriculum. Course requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: In participating in the ICSSP program, participants will not be required to take additional coursework hours beyond the existing program requirements. The ICSSP requirements are designed to fit into the technical elective sequence.

Course Requirements for Both CS and ECE  Undergraduate Participants

NOTE:  All grades in all ICSSP coursework must be a “B” or higher.

Satisfy the core requirements of the Bachelor of Science curriculum either in CS or ECE.

  • Software Engineering: CS 427 (Software Engineering I) and CS 428 (Software Engineering II)
  • Enterprise Data Systems: CS 411 (Database Systems) and CS 412 (Introduction to Data Mining)
  • Computer Networks: (complete two of the three courses): CS 439/ECE 439 (Wireless Networks), CS 425/ECE 428 (Distributed Systems), and CS 438/ECE 438 (Communication Networks)
  • Digital Forensics: CS 498 (Digital Forensics I) and CS 498 (Digital Forensics II)
  • Approved Track: Students may work with Professor Campbell or Professor Bashir to create an approved concentration area.
    • For example: special topics courses in security (CS 598AB: Computer Security in the Physical World; CS 598AM: Cryptocurrency Security; ECE 598NB: Privacy Enhancing Technologies; ECE 598MAN: Applied Cryptography)
  • CS 494 & 499 – Senior Project & Senior Thesis.
  • CS 492 & 494 – Two semesters of Senior Project.
  • ECE 445 – Senior Design Project Laboratory.

Senior Thesis-Project Agreement Form


Computer Science ICSSP Participants

  • Core security courses: CS 461, 463, and 491
  • Two of the two-course Concentrations related to security as described above
  • Senior Project: CS 492/494 or CS 499/494
  • Summer internship in a government organization

Computer Engineering ICSSP Participants

  • Core security courses: ECE 422 and 424
  • Complete one of the 2-course Concentrations related to security as described above
  • Senior Project: ECE 445
  • Summer internship in a government organization

Transfer Students

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, transfer students must have been admitted to the UIUC College of Engineering and have completed at least one semester on campus. They must provide a transcript of their past coursework to ICSSP so that ICSSP can evaluate it and determine what non-UI courses can be accepted as substitutes for the normally required courses.

NOTE: Some modifications to the required course sequences may be possible if your academic background makes it difficult or inappropriate for you to follow all of the stated requirements. Your ICSSP advisor can work with you to find solutions.