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Information Security and Intelligence

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): 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 minor 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

Any current Ferris State University undergraduate student who is in good academic standing may enroll in this minor.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum requirement for the minor is 18 credits. An ISI minor is a collection of three required courses and three elective courses approved by an advisor.

A Ferris student will receive the Information Security & Intelligence minor upon graduation with a Baccalaureate degree, and completion of the requirements for the minor with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in Information Security & Intelligence courses.

No more than 50% of the credits in this minor may be transferred from another institution.  A maximum of one third of the credits, but not more than 7 credits in a minor, may overlap with the student's major.

More Information

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

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 18 Credits Required

Principles of Info Security
3
Digital Forensics and Analysis
3
Database Security
3
Elective Courses - 9 Credits Required
Select from this list:
Secure Digital Technologies
3
or
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
or
Link and Visual Analysis
3
or
Data-Intelligence Comp Theory
3
or
Security Informatics
3
or
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
or
Pen Testing & Mobile Security
3
or
Applications of Info Security
3
or
Fraud Examination
3
or
Legal-Ethical Issues Infor Sec
3
or
Current Issues in ISIN
3
or
Developing a Web Presence
3
Consult with the ISI faculty advisor for an alternative or custom track. All minors should be pre-approved by the ISI program coordinator or AFIS department. 

It is highly recommended that the student consult with an ISI faculty advisor to select appropriate elective courses.
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