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Bachelor of Science Degree

Information Systems Security

Objectives

Individuals with knowledge of information systems security are now considered to be an important part of most IT infrastructure teams. Roles cover a range of activities spanning from analysis, to design and implementation of security systems, to security monitoring and countermeasures and ongoing administration. Students will study the essentials of information security and the security aspects of common information technology platforms. Students will be exposed to techniques used to deploy and manage security systems and configure security solutions.

Career Opportunities

1Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions, involving information systems security, such as network/security administrators or security systems technologists. These positions are typically part of a team working on projects that require designing, configuring, implementing and maintaining security solutions as part of IT infrastructure projects. In other roles, graduates may be part of teams involved in auditing and verifying existing security systems and suggesting ways to improve the same.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving information systems security.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Security requires the completion of 180 credit hours within the following five areas of study:

Technical Basic CoursesTotal Credit Hours8
Required Core CoursesTotal Credit Hours92
Elective CoursesTotal Credit Hours20
Required General Education CoursesTotal Credit Hours44
Elective General Education CoursesTotal Credit Hours16
Program Total180

Course Number Course Credit Hours
8 hours of Technical Basic Courses
TB133
Strategies for the Technical Professional+
4
TB143
Introduction to Personal Computers+
4
20 hours of Required Core Courses
IT109
Microsoft Desktop Operating System
4
IT113
Structured Cabling
4
IT220
Network Standards and Protocols
4
IT221
Microsoft Network Operating System I
4
IT222
Microsoft Network Operating System II
4
16 hours of Required General Education Courses
GE117
Composition I+
4
GE127
College Mathematics I+
4
GE184
Problem Solving+
4
GE192
College Mathematics II+
4
4 hours of Elective Courses 4
Subtotal 48
Course Number Course Credit Hours
20 hours of Required Core Courses
IT250
Linux Operating System
4
IT255
Introduction to Information Systems Security
4
IT302
Linux System Administration
4
IT320
WAN Technology and Application
4
IT321
Network Technology and Service Integration
4
12 hours of Required General Education Courses
GE217
Composition II+
4
GE273
Microeconomics
4
GE347
Group Dynamics+
4
12 hours of Elective Courses 4
4 hours of Elective General Education Courses 4
Subtotal 48
Course Number Course Credit Hours
28 hours of Required Core Courses 48
IS3051
Managing Risk in Information Systems
4
IS308 1
Security Strategies for Web Applications and Social Networking
4
EC311 1
Introduction to Project Management
4
IS316 1
Fundamentals of Network Security, Firewalls and VPNs+
4
IS317 1
Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling+
4
IS411 1
Security Policies and Implementation Issues+
4
IS421 1
Legal and Security Issues+
4
16 hours of Required General Education Courses
EG351 1
Social Psychology+
4
EG372 1
Written Analysis+
4
EG468 1
Ethics+
4
EG481 1
Environmental Issues+
4
4 hours of Elective Courses 4
Subtotal 48
Course Number Course Credit Hours
24 hours of Required Core Courses 4
IS404
Access Control, Authentication and Public Key Infrastructure (PK)
4
IS415
System Forensics Investigation and Response+
4
IS416
Securing Windows Platforms and Applications+
4
IS418
Securing Linux Platforms and Applications+
4
IS423
Auditing IT Infrastructures for Compliance
4
IS427
Information Systems Security Capstone Project
4
12 hours of Elective General Education Courses 12
Subtotal 36

To satisfy the elective portion of the core requirements, students must complete 20 quarter credithours. Students may choose four courses from any of the core courses listed below or transfer comparable credit from another institution as approved by the school in its discretion.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
IT104
Introduction to Computer Programming
4
ET115
DC Electronics
4
IT116
Intermediate Programming
4
ET145
AC Electronics
4
IT203
Database Development
4
IT204
Scripting and Web Authoring I
4
ET215
Electronic Devices I
4
IT215
Scripting and Web Authoring II
4
IT216
PERL and CGI in LINUX Environment
4
ET245
Electronic Devices II
4
ET255
Digital Electronics I
4
IT255
Introduction to Information Systems Security
4
IT260
Networking Application Services and Security
4
ET275
Electronic Communications Systems I
4
ET285
Digital Electronics II
4
IT300
Web Server Administration
4
IT313
Scripting and Web Authoring III
4
ET315
Electronic Communications Systems II
4
IT331
Network Development Capstone Project
4
TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development
4
IT341
Web Security and Ethics
4
ET345
Control Systems
4
ET355
Microprocessors
4
EC311
Introduction to Project Management+
4
ET127
PC Technology
4
ET225
Networking Concepts
4
IS314
Security Architecture of Common IT Platforms+
4
IT113
Structured Cabling
4
Subtotal 4

To satisfy the elective portion of the general education requirements, students must complete 16 quarter credit hours. Students may choose four courses from any of the general education courses listed below or transfer comparable credit from another institution as approved by the school in its discretion.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
Humanities 4
GE364
Art Appreciation
4
EG462
Contemporary World Culture
4
EG465
Modern and Contemporary Art
4
Mathematics and Science 4
GE150
Survey of the Sciences
4
GE253
Physics
4
EG360
Introductory Calculus
4
EG381
Statistics
4
EG421
Numerical Methods
4
Social Science 4
GE175
American Government
4
GE274
Macroeconomics
4
GE375
Psychology
4
GE371
Research Methods
4
Subtotal 4

Notes

This course is eligible for the President's Scholarship. Refer to the Institutional Scholarships section of this catalog for further information.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.