2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Information Security and Intelligence

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

Why Choose Information Security & Intelligence?

  • There are several things that distinguish the ISI programs as one of the top 25 in the nation and the premier cyber security program in Michigan:
    • 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 in the United States to obtain designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence.

    • Michigan’s most advanced digital forensic research lab equipped with EnCase, FTK, Nuix, Cellebrite, XRY, Passware Decryption Suite, Maltego, Shadow Dragon Social Net, i2, Stereo and Digital Laser microscopes, network segmentation, Steel Central, Burp Suite, and Palo Alto Academic Partner.

    • Funded research grants from the National Science Foundation and various other foundations.

    • Extensive publication record consisting of multiple journals, books and periodicals.  Some of this work has been cited in the United States Supreme Court such as in the landmark case Riley v. California.

    • Students compete in various cyber security competitions and frequently finish in the top 10% nationally.

    • Active student organizations including the Information Security & Intelligence Association and Women in Cybersecurity.

    • Multiple faculty have been certified as an expert witness in various courts.

    • Faculty that have the following certifications: CISSP, E|CSA, GIAC GSSP-.NET, GIAC GCIH, C|ND, CPTE, CLFE, CAN, C|SCU, PMP, EnCE, ACE, CEH, CAPM, Scrum Master.

    • Faculty that average over 15 years of work experience ranging from leadership positions in multibillion dollar corporations to law enforcement and licensed professional investigator.

    • Faculty that include a Distinguished Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and International Educator of the year.

    • Faculty that have taught on 4 continents that includes teaching digital forensics to the entire federal cybercrime units in Chile and Perú.

    • A student body that includes graduates from over 50 countries.

    • Alumni that have distinguished themselves as leaders for dozens of organizations worldwide.

    • Host site of Michigan’s Cyber Range.

    • Host of various summer camps and workshops.

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

ISIN Admissions Requirements for College of Business 2018-19 Check Sheets and Catalog

New Students SAT Scores

  • 3.0 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • SAT Math Score of 550 or higher

  •  Submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay to the Admissions Office 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.

New Students ACT Scores

  • 3.0 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • ACT Math Score of 22 or higher

  • Submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay to the Admissions Office 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.

Transfer Students

  • Combined college or university GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 24 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement. 

  • Completion of the transfer equivalency for FSU’s MATH 114/115 with a grade of “C” or higher (this does not include FSU’s equivalent of MATH 117)  or a ACT Math score of 22 or higher or SAT Math score of 550 or higher.  

  • Submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay to the Admissions Office 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 University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree are here.

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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

ADA compliant checksheets are being developed for the 2019-2020 Catalog. If you would like to request an ADA compliant checksheet before the 19-20 catalog is published, please send your request to: 

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 - 51 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
Network Forensics and 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 must 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
12
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Network +
3
Directed Elective
3
Penetration Testing & Secure Software Concentration
12
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)
12
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Inferential Statistics
3
Data Mining Tools
3
Data Mining Processes
3
Network Security Concentration
12
Linux Administration
3
Network +
3
Electives
6
Foreign Language Concentration
Transfer
12
Directed Electives 5 Credits Required