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Information Assurance and Security Degree

The Information Assurance and Security Degree program prepares the student to understand networking components with specialization in securing and protecting the network while being able to prepare and conduct investigations based on intrusions or access by other than authorized individuals, systems, viruses, malware and spyware. This professional demonstrates the skills required to protect a network, improve and maintain network security and conduct investigations if a threat or intrusion has been identified.

This program provides the student with an opportunity to pursue the certifications listed below:

    • CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
    • CCNA Security Certification
    • COMPTIA Security+
    • COMPTIA A+ Hardware Certification
    • COMPTIA Network+
    • Microsoft Certified Professional for Windows 7
    • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
    • Linux+
    • Security Certified Network Professional (SCO-471)

Career Opportunities

Students have the option of obtaining employment using their computer skills or transferring to a four-year institution and receiving a baccalaureate degree. Some job opportunities are listed below:

    • Manage an entire network in a small-to medium-size business
    • Work in IT department with networking responsibilities
    • Manage an entire IT department for a small business
    • Develop your own consulting business
    • Computer Support and Security Specialist
    • LAN or WAN Administrator
    • Network Technician

Upon successful completion of the Information Assurance and Security curriculum (at least 60 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

CFR-110 Ethics and the Information Age 3 s.h.
CIS-125 Introduction to Programming Logic with Language 3 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
NET-113 IT Essentials I 4 s.h.
NET-200 Introduction to Networking 3 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Term
CFR-100 Computer Forensics I* 3 s.h.
CIS-332 Database and SQL 3 s.h.
NET-136 Operating Systems II* 3 s.h.
NET-225 Routing and Switching Essentials** 4 s.h.
NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems 4 s.h.
17 s.h.
Third Term (Summer)
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II*** 3 s.h.
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts**** 3 s.h.
9 s.h.
Second Year - Fourth Term
BUS-121 Business Communications
OR BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
OR BUS-161 Human Relations (3 s.h.)
OR General Education elective (3 s.h.)
3 s.h.
NET-226 Scaling Networks***** 4 s.h.
NET-324 Windows Network Management+ 4 s.h.
NET-613 Information Data Assurance++ 3 s.h.
14 s.h.
Fifth Term
CFR-150 Computer Forensics II+++ 3 s.h.
NET-227 Connecting Networks++++ 4 s.h.
NET-261 Virtualization/Cloud Operations+++++ 3 s.h.
NET-292 Information Technology Capstone++++++ 5 s.h.
NET-609 Network Security**** 3 s.h.
18 s.h.
Total Program Hours 74 s.h.

*Prerequisite: NET-113 IT Essentials or permission of instructor.
**Prerequisite: NET-200 Introduction to Networking.
***Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I with a grade of C or higher.
****Prerequisite: MAT-089 Survey of Math with a grade of C or higher, Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of 110 or higher, or Accuplacer College Math score of 45 or higher, or COMPASS Algebra score of at least 56, or ACT Math score of at least 21.
*****Prerequisite: NET-225 Routing and Switching Essentials.

+Prerequisite: NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems
++Prerequisite: NET-113, IT Essentials I, NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating System, or permission of instructor.
+++Prerequisite: CFR-100 Computer Forensics I, or permission of instructor.
++++Prerequisite: NET-226 Scaling Networks.
+++++Prerequisite: CFR-100 Computer Forensics I, NET-113 IT Essentials I, NET-304 Windows Workstation Operating Systems, NET-324 Windows Network Management, or permission of instructor.
++++++Prerequisites: CFR-110 Ethics and the Information Age, CIS-125 Introduction to Programming Logic with Language, CIS-332 Database & SQL, NET-200 Introduction to Networking, NET-227 Connecting Networks, and NET-613 Information Data Assurance; and NET-133 IT Essentials II, NET-314 Windows Server, and NET-782 Computer Users Support OR CFR-150 Computer Forensics II, NET-324 Windows Network Management, and NET-609 Network Security.

Check here for a list of Business Electives.

Business Internships

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Talk to the Business Internship Coordinator or your Counselor to decide when in your college career you should participate in an internship.
  2. Enroll in and pass Workplace Professionalism (BUS-162).
    • Workplace Professionalism is a 3 s.h. course that is a prerequisite to Business Internships ~ it can be taken at any time prior to a Business Internship.
  3. Upon passing Workplace Professionalism, the student is eligible for a Business Internship (BUS-225).
    • Students may register for a Business Internship only when they have located, secured and have had the internship site approved with the Business Internship Coordinator.
    • Business Internship credit ranges from 1 s.h. to 5 s.h. ~ this must be determined prior to registering for the course.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a Business Internship before graduating.