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.

  • Applied Cryptography:
    • CS 498 AM1 & AM3, and ECE 498 AC3 & AC4 (Applied Cryptography)
    • CS/ECE 598 AM: Cryptocurrency Security
    • CS 598 CLF: Secure Processor Design and Foundations in Applied Cryptography
    • ECE 398 SC: Smart Contracts & Blockchain Security
    • CS 598 DK: Special Topics in Cryptography
  • Human Aspects of Security:
    • CS 465: User Interface Design
    • IS 464: Information Assurance
    • CS 498 CD: Cyber Dystopia
  • Machine Learning and AI:
    • CS 446: Machine Learning
    • CS 598 BL: Adversarial Machine Learning
    • CS 498 SM: Principles of Safe Autonomy
  • Privacy:
    • IS 584 PVO: Privacy in the Internet Age
    • CS/ECE 598 NB: Privacy Enhancing Technologies
  • Cyberinfrastructures:
    • CS 598 AB: Computer Security in the Physical World
    • ECE 498 KL: eCrime and Internet Service Abuse
  • Secure Software:
    • CS 598 TXU: Reliability of Cloud-Scale Systems
    • CS 598 TXU: Reliable Software Systems
  • Approved Track: Students may work with Professor Bashir and the ICSSP leadership team to create an approved concentration area.
  • CS 492  – Senior Project, or
  • ECE 445 – Senior Design Project Laboratory.

Senior Thesis-Project Agreement Form


CS B.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements (see CS department B.S. 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 (see departmental CE B.S. 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 the Concentration Areas listed above. Student must provide justification.
  3. CS 210
  4. Senior project (CS 492)
  5. 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 the Concentration Areas listed above. Student must provide justification.
  3. ECE 316
  4. Senior project (ECE 445)
  5. 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.