The study of making and breaking secret codes, including classical ciphers and their cryptanalysis, modern symmetric ciphers, and public-key systems, and their application in cryptographic protocols for secrecy, key exchange, information assurance, and authentication. Analysis of the security of cryptosystems using tools from mathematics and computer science.
Fulfills an elective requirement in the Applications area of the Computer Science major.
Counts as an elective in the Computer Science minor.
Counts as an elective in the Mathematics major and minor.
Counts as an elective in the Social Science track of the Applied Mathemetics interdisciplinary minor.
Math 150 (Linear Algebra), and an introductory proof course (one of CSC 220 Discrete Structures, MAT 230 Sets and Proofs, or MAT 255 Number Theory).