Queen's School of Computing
Focus

Degree Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Security Focus of the Computing Major and Computer Science Specialization. (Note: there are additional requirements for the Computer Science Specialization.) This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and up-to-date requirements for Computing degree plans can be found online in the Arts and Science Calendar. In case of discrepancies, the calendar should be considered as the official definition.

Typical 4-years honours programs consist of 120 unit credits. A one-term course is worth 3 units, while a full year (two-term) course is worth 6 units. All courses listed below are 3 units unless specified with a /6.0 after the course code.

Note: There is an error in the official academic calendar, which lists CISC 324 as a requirement for the Security Focus when it is already required as a Core course for all Focuses. We are aware of the issue and are discussing possible solutions.

  • CISC 121 Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124 Introduction to Computing Science II
  • One of the following Linear Algebra options:
    1. MATH 112 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    2. MATH 111/6.0 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    3. MATH 110/6.0 Linear Algebra
  • One of the following Calculus options:
    1. MATH 120/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    2. MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    3. MATH 123 Differential and Integral Calculus I
      and
      MATH 124 Differential and Integral Calculus II
  • CISC 203 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204 Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 220 System-Level Programming
  • CISC 221 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 223 Software Specifications
  • CISC 235 Information Structures
  • STAT 263 Introduction to Statistics
    or another Statistics course option (see calendar for complete list).
  • CISC 324 Operating Systems
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 322 Software Architecture
    • CISC 326 Game Architecture
  • CISC 327 Software Quality Assurance
  • CISC 335 Computer Networks
  • CISC 360 Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 365 Algorithms I
  • CISC 447 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 434 Distributed Systems
    • CISC 448 Software Reliability and Security
  • CISC 497 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • One of the following project courses:
    • CISC 499 Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0 Advanced Research Project
    • CISC 496 Game Development Project

Admission Requirements

Admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science from an Ontario Secondary School is based on the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Please see Admissions for details.

How to Apply

Apply at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QD (Queen's University, Computing).

Upon completion of second year, students must declare that they are entering a Computing Major, but will not need to specify Security.

More Info

More information may be obtained by sending mail to undergrad@cs.queensu.ca or by contacting the Computing Major / Computer Science advisor: