Applied Computer Security

Study the theoretical concepts and technical skills — including hacking, ethics, and forensics — to create and maintain secure computer systems and networks.

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Skills
  • Hacking
  • Ethics
  • Security management
  • Network design
  • Encryption
  • Investigation techniques
Careers
  • Security manager
  • Network architect
  • Consultant
  • Threat investigator

Requirements

  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (18 units)
Core requirements (14 units):
  • ITP-125L “From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security” (2 units)
  • ITP-325 “Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-357 “Enterprise Network Design” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-370 “Information Security Management” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-375 “Digital Forensics” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
Elective (4 units):
  • ITP-425 “Web Application Security” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-301 or ITP-325 or ACAD-275]
  • ITP-457 “Network Security” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-357]
  • ITP-475 “Advanced Digital Forensics” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
Substitutions:

The following courses are also pre-approved electives for the minor. If you enroll in one of the following courses, please email our academic advisors so that they can update your STARS report. Substitution courses are not automatically applied to your minor requirements, so you will need to ask our academic advisors to make the change for you.

  • ITP-499 “Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis" (2 units)

Specialization (12 units)
Core requirements (8 units):
  • ITP-125L “From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security” (2 units)
  • ITP-325 “Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-357 “Enterprise Network Design” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
Elective (4 units):
  • ITP-425 “Web Application Security” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-301 or ITP-325 or ACAD-275]
  • ITP-457 “Network Security” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-357]
  • ITP-475 “Advanced Digital Forensics” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]

Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major advisor about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

-Eric Bittner, Economics "I completely changed my mindset on how to problem solve both theoretically and practically. Since the classes I took were very small and focused, I made a lot of great connections and new approaches to technology problems. After I graduated my first job was through my old ITP professor where he recruited me to work with him at a new tech security start up." -Eric Bittner, Economics Class of 2018 What our students and alumni say
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