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Information Security and Intelligence

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Information Security & Intelligence?

  • The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Ferris State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

  • The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has named Ferris State University as the first university to obtain designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence.

  • Ferris State University is a host site for the Michigan Cyber Range.  This provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills in detecting, preventing, and responding to cyber-attacks in a controlled setting that approximates the real world.  The Cyber Range allows for actual performance of cyber security techniques such as penetration testing, digital forensics, malware analysis, and other information technology pursuits in a logically isolated system that has connectivity potential nationwide.

Career Opportunities

The Information Security & Intelligence degree prepares you for a variety of career possibilities in fields that allow you to see your contribution in action. Computer Forensics, Information Security, Intelligence/Big Data, Incident Response, and Mobile Security are a few of the possibilities. Opportunities exist in the government, security, intelligence, health care, insurance, finance, and education fields.

Admission Requirements

New students: High school student admission requires a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and either a Math ACT minimum score of 22 or SAT minimum math score of 520. 

Transfer students:  Requires a combined college or university GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA is based on completion of 24 credit hours or more.  Students must have completed the transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or higher with a minimum grade of "C" or have either a minimum ACT Math score of 22 or minimum SAT Math score of 520.

Additionally, all students applying for admission to the ISI program will have to submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following:  Who they are and why they desire admission to the ISI program, description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience, and a description of someone that influenced them and why. 

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business web page under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Information Security & Intelligence is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 120 required credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA in their major classes, concentration classes, and overall.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
231-591-2434

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Information Security and Intelligence - 80 Credits

Business Courses - 15 Credits Required
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Introduction to Statistics
3
Applied Management
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making
3

Major Courses - 48 Credits Required

Introduction to Data Mining
3
Risk Analysis and Strategy
3
Secure Digital Technologies
3
Principles of Info Security
3
Applications of Info Security
3
Digital Forensics and Analysis
3
Fraud Examination
3
Legal-Ethical Issues Infor Sec
3
Link and Visual Analysis
3
Data-Intelligence Comp Theory
3
Proj Management Fundamentals
3
Current Issues in ISIN
3
ISI Internship
1 TO 6
Security Informatics
3
Database Security
3
Capstone Experience
3

CONCENTRATION** or approved minor - 12 Credits Required - ADVISOR APPROVAL REQUIRED

** Concentrations may be selected from one of the following options or a custom concentration may be developed with advisor approval. 
(all classes and concentrations may not be available at all campuses - Main Campus only options are indicated by ***) 

Custom Concentration or approved minor 
 
Advisor approval required.
12
Digital Forensics Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Networking Essentials
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Directed Elective
3
Penetration Testing & Secure Software Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Pen Testing & Mobile Security
3
Directed Elective
3
Data Mining Concentration*** (Big Rapids campus only)
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Inferential Statistics
3
Data Mining Tools
3
Data Mining Processes
3
Network Security Concentration
Linux Administration
3
Network +
3
Electives
6
Foreign Language Concentration
Transfer
12
Directed Electives 5 Credits Required

University General Education

Communication Competence
English 1
3
English 2
3
Choose one:
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Interpersonal Communication
3
Choose one:
Advanced Business Writing
3
or
Advanced Composition
3
or
Advanced Technical Writing
3
Scientific Understanding
Lab Science Elective
4
Science Elective
3-4
Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
or
Intermediate Algebra
3
If MATH ACT 24 or SAT 560 or higher, student must substitute a general education elective.
Cultural Enrichment
Electives (one at 200 level or above, one foreign language recommended)
9
Social Awareness
Electives (one at 200 level or above)
9
Minimum credit hours required for ISI bachelor degree:
120
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