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BS in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

In the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity specialization, learners acquire and apply various processes, tools, technologies, and methods of securing an enterprise. In particular, learners evaluate security policies, social engineering, access control, authentication, perimeter security, disaster recovery and business continuity, risk management, incident response, viruses, malware, spam, encryption, and other infrastructure security techniques. In addition to information assurance and cybersecurity expertise, learners in this specialization demonstrate the business, interpersonal, and communication skills required to influence internal decision making and overall organizational effectiveness.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required courses:

MAT1050
College Algebra

Learners in this course evaluate and perform linear, exponential, logarithmic, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Learners then apply these concepts to the social and natural sciences, business, and everyday life.

6 quarter credits
MAT2051 *
Discrete Mathematics

Learners build an understanding of mathematical analysis techniques. Learners apply number logic and set theory, functions and sequences, relations equivalence, partial order, digraphs, recurrence relations, counting techniques, logic and techniques of proof, graphs, and algorithms to the fields of business and information technology. Prerequisite(s): MAT1050.

6 quarter credits

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Core courses

 

At least 51 quarter credits

IT1006
Information Technology Concepts and Practices

Learners in this course use fundamental terminology, concept analysis, and practical knowledge of the components of computing systems to develop their understanding of the information technology field. Throughout the course, learners also build, demonstrate, and apply skills needed for professional communication. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
IT2230
Introduction to Database Systems

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of databases and database management systems (DBMS). Learners demonstrate vocabulary, component requirements, sorting and querying, and maintenance of simple databases using the fundamentals of database manipulation. Learners also apply Structured Query Language (SQL) and relational database management systems (RDBMS).

3 quarter credits
IT2249
Introduction to Programming with Java

This course introduces learners to the programming discipline and prepares them to serve as Java programmers. Learners study and apply the fundamentals of the Java programming language such as data types, variables, expressions, statements, and methods. Learners also examine and practice the Java-object-oriented features of classes and objects. The course offers numerous opportunities for analyzing, designing, coding, testing, debugging, and evaluating Java programs in an authentic Java development environment.

6 quarter credits
IT2250
Introduction to Network Technology

This course introduces learners to the key concepts underlying Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN). Learners examine the layered architecture of the network protocol stack, including the OSI and the TCP/IP models, and apply the principles of designing networks and implementing network protocols. Learners also apply topics of network topologies, cloud computing, networking devices, cabling, and basic network security.

3 quarter credits
IT3165
Ethics for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course identify and apply their knowledge of inherent ethical concerns in the information technology profession to cultural and human interaction in global and domestic issues. Learners also show evidence of their understanding of ethical codes related to web technologies, intellectual property, and cybercrime.

3 quarter credits
IT3212
Introduction to Web Development

Learners build fundamental web design and development skills. Learners create web pages using HTML5 markup language and apply contemporary design principles to create a W3C compliant website. Learners format the page layout, structure, and visual design elements using CSS3, with emphasis placed on effective coding, visual design, and user experience.

3 quarter credits
IT3215 *
Introduction to JavaScript

This course introduces JavaScript for interactive web pages. Learners in this course cover the JavaScript scripting language essentials, including flow control, form validation, animation, and Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation. Learners develop client-side, platform independent functionality using JavaScript to enhance user experience with HTML5 and CSS3. This course provides a foundation for other web technologies such as jQuery and AJAX. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3212.

3 quarter credits
IT3225
Business Goals for the Information Technology Professional

Learners analyze core enterprise organizations, business processes, and information technology infrastructures and display their understanding of the value of information technology in achieving organizational maturity. Learners apply their knowledge of the relationship that exists between an enterprise organization’s business and information technology goals with operational models.

3 quarter credits
IT3301 *
User Experience and Interaction Design

In this course, learners explore the boundary between humans and technology with a focus on the human factors that influence the design of effective interfaces and engaging user experiences. Learners analyze designs for enterprise, mobile, and web interactive environments. Learners also define user characteristics, design for accessibility, and appraise usability. Prerequisite(s): IT2240 or IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3315
Hardware and Operating Systems

In this course, learners demonstrate their knowledge of hardware and operating systems, focusing on peripherals and file management. Learners use modern operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS to demonstrate their skill with hardware and operating systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3318
Systems Administration

This course provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the foundational skills and knowledge required of a systems administrator. Learners employ tools and procedures to install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain modern computer systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3345 *
Software Architecture


In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the fundamentals of software engineering and architecture. During a course-long project, learners create a Software Development Plan (SDP) to use as a foundation for future software development projects within an organization. Other topics include software process models, project definition, project organization, validation plan and version control. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT3349 *
Intermediate Java Programming

Learners apply features and techniques beyond the basics of the Java programming language to develop applications of moderate complexity. Learners analyze advanced object-oriented programming concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and abstract classes. Learners also investigate programming Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications with Java and the Java rich library of data structures like lists, stacks, and queues. Prerequisite(s): IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3355 *
Network Architecture

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge and skills with the fundamentals of network architecture. Learners apply knowledge of network characteristics and network topologies to develop a scope document for a proposed network architecture. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2250.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, with an emphasis on Agile.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

At least 51 quarter credits

IT2240
Introduction to Programming

This course introduces learners to the C programming language. Learners gain knowledge of fundamental procedural programming constructs, algorithms, and basic data structures. Learners apply this knowledge to implement functional requirements in console applications.

3 quarter credits
IT4070 *
Cyber Defense and Countermeasures

Learners in this course examine principles of cyber defense and apply in-depth cyber countermeasure techniques to analyze and secure cyber infrastructure components. Learners also analyze relevant legal, ethical, policy, and risk considerations. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4071 *
Cyber Attacks and Ethical Hacking

Learners in this course use techniques, tools, and cybersecurity utilities to develop their understanding of strategies that hackers use to attack computers and networks. Learners investigate security threats and system vulnerabilities exploited by hackers, as well as consequences associated with being hacked. In addition, learners explore Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), ethical hacking techniques, sniffers, protocols, social engineering, vulnerability analysis, and the use of penetration testing to ensure infrastructure security. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4073 *
Organizational Security

In this course, learners analyze the people and process involved in information assurance and security, with particular focus on security life cycle, certification and accreditation, configuration management, employment practices, and security awareness. Learners examine best practices of policy development along with industry-specific standards and interpret industry-specific laws and regulations, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), SarbanesOxley (SARBOX), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of biometrics and privacy concerns in computing, personnel, and physical security. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4075 *
Computer Forensics

Learners in this course scrutinize computer forensics as a discipline that supports law enforcement professionals in investigating white collar crime. Learners use computer forensics tools and techniques, and evaluate crime investigations, incident response and handling, and legal issues. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4076 *
Security Management and Policies

In this course, learners increase their knowledge of hands-on security management practices by analyzing security policies and procedures, risk management, and business continuity planning. Topics include security and business need trade-offs, risk assessments, designing security policies and procedures and a business continuity plan, and enforcement of security policies and procedures. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4079 *
Python Scripting

Learners investigate the role scripting plays in information security. Learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of Python scripting by developing a range of security-related scripts. Prerequisite(s): IT2240, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4080 *
Operating Systems and Application Security

Learners in this course use appropriate technologies to identify, investigate, and mitigate vulnerabilities, threats, and risks in operating systems and applications, including mobile and web applications, email, and databases. Prerequisite(s): IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4803 *
System Assurance Security

This course is an overview of information assurance and security topics for network administrators who must implement security strategies to protect their organization from exposure to the Internet; network designers also create security-conscious designs. Learners identify and apply strategies to guard against hackers and forms of viruses, use firewalls and gateways, and build authentication skills and encryption techniques. Learners identify methods for attacking a network system and validate defense against them. Upon successful completion of this course, learners are prepared to take the exam for the Security+ certification. Prerequisite(s): IT3355.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

At least 27 quarter credits

 

Choose 27 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

 

Capstone course

 

At least 6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

IT4993
Cybersecurity Capstone

Learners in this capstone course demonstrate the use of tools, skills and techniques developed throughout their program by completing an integrated action learning project. Learners identify and analyze complex computing problems and apply principles to identify, design, and implement computing solutions. Must be taken in the learner's final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 180 quarter credits

 

Honors Pathway

Learners enrolled in the honors pathway complete the following general education courses.

Honors courses

At least 15 quarter credits

PHI-H2005
Honors Seminar: Critical Thinking for the Professional World

This is the first course in the honors pathway. Learners apply critical thinking skills to develop a professionally relevant question in their discipline or program of study to investigate throughout the honors pathway. Learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ask questions and solve problems from multiple perspectives. Learners analyze their question from multiple perspectives and engage in enriching discussions with faculty and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
COM-H4005 *
Communicating and Integrating Solutions in the Professional World

In this course, learners apply communication skills, information literacy, and first-hand research to complete a final professional presentation and share their findings with their instructor and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Prerequisite(s): SOC-H3005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
SOC-H3005 *
Honors Professional Seminar

Learners in this course take a sociological approach to professional growth in the workplace. This course provides learners with the opportunity to complete a professional project that addresses an organizational need or solves a problem. Learners explore questions and develop their project with faculty and peers through engaging discussions and assignments. Throughout the course, learners use a sociological perspective to further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address interdisciplinary issues.  For honors pathway learners only.  Prerequisite(s): PHI-H2005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.​

6 quarter credits


These courses are applied toward the general education requirement and taken in addition to the remaining required courses.

Total

At least 180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.

 
Eligible Concentrations

Accounting

Forensic Psychology

Health Care Management

Management and Leadership

Marketing

 

Multiple Specializations available (must be within the same degree program)