University of Calgary

MATH 318 - Introduction to Cryptography - Fall 2021

The basics of cryptography, with emphasis on attaining well-defined and practical notions of security. Symmetric and public-key cryptosystems; one-way and trapdoor functions; mechanisms for data integrity; digital signatures; key management; applications to the design of cryptographic systems. Assessment will primarily focus on mathematical theory and proof-oriented homework problems; additional application programming exercises will be available for extra credit.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-0)


  • Mathematics 211 or 213; and Mathematics 271 or 273.


  • Credit for Mathematics 318 and any of Pure Mathematics 329, Computer Science 418, 429, or 557 will not be allowed. Also known as: (formerly Pure Mathematics 418)


This course will be offered next in Winter 2023.
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