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 242 or 243 – Senior Project, or
  • ECE 445 – Senior Design Project Laboratory.

Senior Thesis-Project Agreement Form


CS B.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements

  • 24–27 hours of CS core courses (includes CS
    210: Ethical and Professional Issues)
  • 36–39 hours of Computer Science courses
  • 39–51 hours of College of Eng. requirements
  • 0–6 hours of additional CS coursework
  • 0–6 hours senior thesis
  • 23 hours of technical electives
  • 12 hours of free electives

CE B.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements

  • 34 hours of CE core courses
  • 18 hours of social sciences
  • 31 hours of basic sciences & math
  • 4 hours of composition
  • 6 hours of other math
  • 23 hours of technical electives
  • 2 hours of free electives
  • ECE 316: Ethical and Professional Issues

The 23 hours of CS technical electives

  1. Core security courses: CS 461/ECE
    422, CS 463/ECE 424
  2. Two 2-course sequences selected from Table 3. Student
    must provide justification.
  3. Senior project (CS 242 or 243)
  4. Gov’t summer internship

The 23 hours of CE technical electives include:

  1. Core security courses: ECE 422/CS 461, ECE 424/CS 463
  2. Two 2-course sequences selected from Table 3. Student
    must provide justification.
  3. Senior project (ECE 445)
  4. Gov’t summer internship

12 hours of free electives

12 hours of free electives

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.