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Secure Your Future: Bachelor of Science (BS),
Security and Information Assurance (SIA)

Companies today require the highest levels of security in their technology environments. A Davenport bachelor's degree in Security and Information Assurance can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for an upwardly mobile career path in the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), those  working in this booming industry can earn, on average, between $60,000 and $100,000 annually, depending on experience levels.

This hands-on program will prepare you to work in the technology security field in a variety of settings across the world. Our curriculum also prepares you for the CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Linux certification exams.  For the most specialized education possible, we also offer three majors for those in the BS program:

  • Biometric Security
  • Information and Computer Security
  • Digital Forensics

Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE)

                        

In June 2011, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized Davenport University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). The goal of this program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Information Assurance (IA) and produce a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. This formal designation followed a rigorous review and evaluation against stringent criteria, demonstrating Davenport University’s commitment to academic excellence in IA education.

In-Demand Careers

Technological security is increasingly under attack as cyber-crime in the workplace continues to grow. With this growth, the BLS reports that the number of jobs in the SIA industry is expected to increase by 22% by 2020. As a computer security specialist, you will be qualified to plan, coordinate and maintain the information security for a company or organization. You could be hired to do this in a variety of roles, including:

  • Biometric Application Developer
  • Computer Security Administrator/Architect
  • Identity Intelligence Analyst
  • Biometric Consultant/Integrator
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Regional Security Incident Response Coordinator
  • IT Security Consultant


Why Davenport?

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors
  • Davenport prepares students for certification exams within their field of study
  • A broad range of organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hires DU graduates
  • Many classes are available in a traditional classroom setting or via distance learning
  • DU offers two degree programs within the field of Security and Information Assurance to meet the needs of a range of students

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online and in classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Specializing in careers of the future
  • Practical, in-field experiences

Talk to a DU advisor at your campus about creating a flexible schedule that works for you.


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Full Curriculum

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE  •  120-123 CREDITS MINIMUM  •  SECINFASR BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Security and Information Assurance provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for securing the technological environment.  Biometric and application security concepts are combined with hands-on tools and techniques to present the student with the security layers necessary to best protect an organization’s information assets. Students can choose to major in computer security, biometric security or digital forensics.

Foundations of Excellence 21 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
FRSM100 Career and Education Seminar 3 cr.
HUMN310-315 Global Cultures: Choice of country or culture 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
Foundations of Mathematics and Science 15 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
MATH135 College Algebra 3 cr.
MATH140,150orSTAT322 Finite Math, Pre-Calculus or Inferential Statistics 3 cr.
PHYS100 and PHYS100L Applied Physics with Lab 3 cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 9-10 cr.
ACCT200 or ACCT201 Accounting Basics for Managers or Accounting Foundations I 3-4 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
Foundations of Technology 21 cr.
BITS212 Microcomputer Applications: Database 3 cr.
CISP111 Systems Foundations 3 cr.
CISP247 Database Design 3 cr.
CISP250 Discrete Structures 3 cr.
GPMT350 Principles of Project Management 3 cr.
IAAS221 Security Foundations 3 cr.
NETW217 UNIX Operating System 3 cr.
Choose one of the following majors: 51-57 cr.
Major: Biometric Security [BIOS] (52) cr.
BIOL120 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology 4 cr.
CISP233 C# Programming I 3 cr.
CISP234 C# Programming II 3 cr.
CISP280 Artificial Intelligence 3 cr.
CISP325 Data Mining 3 cr.
IAAS222 Biometrics Fundamentals 3 cr.
IAAS223 Applicable Biometrics 3 cr.
IAAS326 Biometric Spoofing 3 cr.
IAAS332 Authentication and Audits 3 cr.
IAAS340 Biometric ID and Privacy Laws 3 cr.
IAAS350 Biometric Algorithms 3 cr.
IAAS380 Computer Vision 3 cr.
IAAS410 Pattern Recognition 3 cr.
IAAS425 Biometric Security Architectures 3 cr.
IAAS446 Advances in Biometric Technologies 3 cr.
MATH205 Applied Linear Algebra 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Major: Digital Forensics [ITF] (57) cr.
CISP231 or CISP233 Programming Language I - Choose between C++ or C# Programming I 3 cr.
CISP232 or CISP234 Programming Language II - Sequential to language chosen in Programming Language I 3 cr.
CISP253 Perl/Python Scripting 3 cr.
IAAS256 Windows Digital Forensics 3 cr.
IAAS345 Linux/MAC Forensics 3 cr.
IAAS355 Network Forensics 3 cr.
IAAS370 Mobile Device Forensics 3 cr.
IAAS375 File System/Operating Systems/Data Recovery 3 cr.
IAAS420 Reverse Engineering Malware 3 cr.
IAAS450 Advanced Topics in Digital Forensics 3 cr.
IAAS460 Digital Forensics Analysis and Report Writing 3 cr.
IAAS487 Internet/Email/Electronic Discovery 3 cr.
LEGL300 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3 cr.
NETW101 PC Operating Systems 3 cr.
*NETW111 or NETW220 Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks 3 cr.
NETW141 MS Client and Server OS 3 cr.
NETW201 PC Maintenance and Management 3 cr.
NETW235 UNIX/Linux Server Administration 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Major: Information and Computer Security [IC] (51) cr.
CISP220 Web Page Applications 3 cr.
CISP231/233/237/241 Programming Language I - Choose between C++, C#, Java or Visual BASIC 3 cr.
CISP232/234/239/242 Programming Language II - Sequential to language chosen in Programming Language I 3 cr.
CISP238 Server Side Scripting I 3 cr.
CISP311 Database Systems 4 cr.
CISP312 Data Structures 3 cr.
CISP420 Distributed Architectures 3 cr.
IAAS245 Disaster Recovery 3 cr.
IAAS325 Wireless Networking and Security 3 cr.
IAAS331 Database and Distributed Systems 3 cr.
IAAS332 Authentication and Audits 3 cr.
IAAS481 Information Security and Assurance 3 cr.
IAAS491 Cryptography 3 cr.
IAAS492 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Assurance 3 cr.
NETW101 PC Operating Systems 3 cr.
*NETW111 or NETW220 Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks 3 cr.
TECH497 College of Technology Capstone 3 cr.
Recommended Open Electives 0-3 cr.
IAAS483 Prevention, Detection Process 3 cr.
IAAS490 Information Assurance and Security Internship 3 cr.
GPMT400 Financial Management of Projects 3 cr.
NETW235 UNIX/Linux Server Administration 3 cr.
Recommended Electives for Digital Forensics 0 cr.
CISP220 Web Page Applications 3 cr.
IAAS222 Biometrics Fundamentals 3 cr.
IAAS223 Applicable Biometrics 3 cr.
IAAS325 Wireless Networking and Security 3 cr.
IAAS332 Authentication and Audits 3 cr.
IAAS483 Prevention, Detection Process 3 cr.