What is BUILDS? BUILDS is a student-run hackerspace that provides BU students with all the tools and resources for leading collaborative student tech projects.
Concentration in Cryptography & Data Security
Students who are interested in computer security can choose from a number of relevant courses both within the department and elsewhere at BU, including:
Elective courses in CS
- CS 558 Network Security
- CS 538 Fundamentals of Cryptography
- CS 548 Advanced Cryptography
- CS 455 Computer Networks
- CS 556 Advanced Computer Networks
- CS 552 Operating Systems
- CS499 Directed study
- CS 401 & 402 Senior Independent Work
Related elective courses in other departments/colleges at BU
- ENG EC 521 Cybersecurity
- CAS MA 341 Introduction to Number Theory
Other available resources at BU
BU Security Research group, headed by four Computer Science faculty members, Ran Canetti, Sharon Goldberg, Leonid Reyzin, and Nikos Triandopoulos, specializes in cryptography and computer security; many other faculty members study questions related to computer security in a number of different contexts. All are available to advise interested undergraduates.
In addition, a number of graduate and professional courses, master’s programs with concentrations in security, and certificate programs are available at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Courses related to security include MET CS 654, 684, 693, 695, 789, 895, MET TC 685, and MET TM 790.