Why Choose Information Security Intelligence?
As the only program of its kind in the country, Ferris' Information Security & Intelligence (ISI) program is at the forefront in its response to the need for skilled workers in Information Security/Data Analysis/Digital Forensics. Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon, and investigative agencies; providing hands-on utilization of state of the art technology; this program, including its emphasis on visual analysis, data mining and geographic information systems, is uniquely positioned to prepare students to address the cyber security issues facing organizations and/or the nation. Exceptionally, and, in some cases, uniquely, qualified faculty bring students the combination of real world experience, academic preparation, specialized training and certifications (e.g., licensed Professional Investigator). In fact, completion of the program satisfies the education credential necessary for our students to be licensed as Professional Investigators in the State of Michigan, while our computer forensics coursework is accepted as meeting the education requirement to sit for computer forensics examinations. The program is also certified by NSA's Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program as mapping 100% to the National Security System Standards (CNSS). This is, indeed, a degree that enables its graduates to stand out in the workplace with a set of skills, knowledge and abilities that few others will match.
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, Fraud Investigation, Information Security, Intelligence, and Terrorism and Crime Analysis are a few of the possibilities. Opportunities exist in the government, security, intelligence, health care, insurance, finance, education and several other fields.
New Students: 3.0 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 22.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.
Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
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.
Ferris State University/Grand Rapids campus
Applied Technology Center
151 Fountain Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (800) 998-3425
Phone: (616) 451-4777
Ferris State University/Northern Michigan
2200 Dendrinow Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (866) 857-1954
Phone: (231) 995-1734
Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems
119 South Street BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2434
The ISI program is certified by NSA's Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program as mapping 100% to the National Security System Standards (CNSS) Next Review is August 2014.