Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice, BS

The cybersecurity and criminal justice combined degree applies a multidisciplinary approach to ensuring the reliability and security of cyberspace. The program will provide students with a strong programming foundation coupled with academic and experiential knowledge of the criminal justice system. Students learn how social behavior, policy, and legal rules can affect cybersecurity and utilize comparative social science to understand, predict, and explain crime.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Cybersecurity Major Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar1
or CRIM 1000 Criminal Justice at Northeastern
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamentals Courses
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3650Computer Systems4
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
Cybersecurity Required Courses
CY 2550Foundations of Cybersecurity4
CY 3740Systems Security4
CY 4740Network Security4
Cybersecurity Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Logic and Computation
Mobile and Wireless Systems
Wireless Network
Programming Languages
Software Development
Large-Scale Parallel Data Processing
Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval
Machine Learning and Data Mining 1
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Software Vulnerabilities and Security
Human Computer Interaction
Embedded Design: Enabling Robotics
Fundamentals of Digital Design and Computer Organization
and Lab for EECE 2322
Computer Architecture and Organization
Microprocessor-Based Design
and Lab for EECE 4534
Number Theory 1
Introduction to Cryptography
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Technology and Human Values
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Public Policy and Administration
Law and Society
International Law
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1

Supporting Courses

Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
Complete one of the following:4
First-Year Writing
First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
Advanced Writing for Prelaw
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Criminal Justice Requirements

Core Requirements
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
CRIM 2200Criminology4
CRIM 3600Criminal Justice Research Methods4
CRIM 3700Analyzing and Using Data on Crime and Justice4
Thematic Elective
Complete one of the following:4
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Crime, Media, and Politics
Survey Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Criminal Violence
Global Criminology
Psychology of Crime
Youth Crime and Justice
Punishment in the Age of Mass Incarceration
System-Wide Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Criminal Justice Elective
Complete one CRIM course. 4
Criminal Justice Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Senior Capstone Seminar
Cybersecurity Capstone
Research Projects on National Security

Criminal Justice Co-op Integration

Co-op students should complete at least one of the following courses. CRIM 3000 is required for the first co-op. CRIM 4000 is required if a second co-op is taken:
CRIM 3000Co-op Integration Seminar 21
CRIM 4000Co-op Integration Seminar 31

Integrative Requirement

Cybersecurity Integrative Course
CY 4170The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Data and Digital Technologies4
or CY 5240 Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Criminal Justice Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Crime Prevention
Political Crime and Terrorism
Organized Crime
Corporate Security: Securing the Private Sector
Policing a Democratic Society
Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Required General Electives

Complete 24 credits of general electives.24

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CY 25504  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CRIM 21004  
CRIM 11004CRIM 22004  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 30004VacationCo-op
CS 36504CS 12101  
MATH 13414CS 37004  
CRIM 36004CRIM 37004  
 CRIM Elective: Thematic4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCY 37404General Elective4Co-op
 CRIM 30001General Elective4 
 CRIM Elective: Survey4  
 CRIM Elective: System-wide4  
 General Elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCY 47404ENGW 33024Co-op
 CY 41704General Elective4 
 CRIM 40001  
 CRIM Integrative Course4  
 General Elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
Co-opTHTR 11701  
 Cybersecurity Elective4  
 CRIM Elective: General4  
 General Elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 136