Information Security Major

The field of information security has grown and evolved significantly in recent years. It is expected that in the U.S. alone, thousands of professionals in the information security field will be added to the workforce. Information security professionals are concerned with the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data regardless of the form the data may take: electronic, print or other forms. Governments, military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals and private businesses amass a great deal of confidential information about their employees, customers, products, research and financial status. Most of this information is collected, processed and stored on electronic computers, and transmitted across networks to other computers. Protecting confidential information is a business requirement, and in many cases, also an ethical and legal requirement. The information security major, or degree program, offers a deep grounding covering the breadth of information security from theoretical frameworks through models to policies and ethical practices. It focuses on security challenges, threats and requirements for operating systems, computer architectures, networking protocols and organizations’ data and information. It is the ideal major for the student who is passionate about developing the ability to:

• apply the technologies and procedures professionals use to secure business systems;
• identify the information security risks and create effective strategies to stop them;
• discover how information security is essential to organizational success;
• possess the knowledge to analyze the role of security within an organization as well as educate corporate employees about their security responsibilities;
• analyze the professional, legal and ethical impact of information security on individuals, business organizations and society;
• apply industry standard techniques to secure large-scale networks; and
• gain the competencies necessary to plan, customize, and manage large-scale secure network and operating system configuration for optimum business applications and/or plans.

The minor in information security combines both theoretical concepts and technical skills to prepare students for a career in information security, including ethical hacking, forensics, networking and security management.

B.S. degree program
Total hours— 126-129

General Education course required— 38 hours Hours
EC 2413 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BI 4213 Biblical Ethics 3
Mathematics requirement satisfied by major


Specific courses required— 79-81 hours Hours
AC 2503 Financial Accounting 3
ENT 2503 An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Business 3
CS 1122 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CS 1213 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CS 1233 Object-Oriented System Design and Programming 3
CS 2233 Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CS 2243 Database Management Systems 3
CS 2323 Computer Organizations 3
CS 3523 Operating Systems 3
CCT 395V* Internship 1-3
CCT 4613 Senior Project 3
SEC 3113 Fundamentals of Information Security 3
SEC 3313 Introduction to Policy and Procedures 3
SEC 3323 Cryptography 3
SEC 3333 Introduction to Business Continuity and Recovery Planning 3
SEC 4053 Senior Seminar in Information Security 3
SEC 4313 Database Security 3
SEC 4323 Network Security 3
IT 2223 Web Application Development I 3
IT 3313 Network Principles 3
IT 3323 Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems 3
MK 3503 Principles of Marketing 3
MK 3573 Consumer Behavior 3
MA 1314 Calculus I 4
MA 2103 Discrete Mathematics 3
MA 2314 Calculus II 4
MA 3123 Mathematical Theory of Statistics 3

Concentration areas— 9 hours

Computer Systems Hours
CS 3333 Mobile and Distributed Computing Systems 3
EECE 3813 Digital Computer Design I 3
EECE 4254 Microprocessors 4


Game Development Hours
GD 3253 Game Development I 3
GD 3263 Game Development II 3
GD 3273 Collaborative Serious Games Development 3


Information Technology Entrepreneurship Hours
ENT 3543 Marketing and the Entrepreneurial Enterprise 3
MK 3553 Promotional Strategy 3
ENT 4453 Entrepreneurial Management 3


Mobile Computing Hours
CS 3243 Mobile Device Programming 3
CS 3333 Mobile and Distributed Computing Systems 3
CS 4013 Future Mobile and Social Computing Systems 3


System Administration Hours
IT 3333 Network Administration 3
IT 3343 Database Administration 3
SEC 3333 Introduction to Business Continuity and Recovery Planning 3
BA 3703 Business Communication 3


Web Application Development Hours
IT 2223 Web Application Development I 3
IT 3233 Web Server Technologies 3
IT 3223 Web Application Development II 3
MK 3403 Strategic Internet Marketing 3

Note: A general business minor is automatically satisfied by the information security major.
*CCT 395V has variable credit (1-3 hours)