Information Assurance

Information Assurance (IA) is an emerging, rapidly expanding science that addresses problems in the fundamental understanding of the design, development, implementation and life cycle support of secure information systems. The need for secure information systems has become a paramount concern as the computer-enabled, internet-connected, digital-based global society of the 21st century emerges. The lack of adequately secure information systems has been cited as one of the likely impediments to the emergence of the digital society.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried at UNO. Registration in courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal. To obtain a BSIA a student must fulfill certain University, college and departmental requirements listed below.

University General Education Requirements for the BSIA Degree (41 hours)

Fundamental Academic Skills (15 hours)

  • English & Writing (9 hours) ENGL 1150 ( or equivalent) -3 cr. hrs. ENGL 1160 (or equivalent) - 3 cr. hrs. CIST 3000 Advanced Composition for IS&T All freshmen students must take the English Diagnostic test. Courses such as English 1050, 1090, 1100 and orientation courses in other colleges or divisions may not be counted as part of the minimum 128 credit hours in the degree program. For students testing into ENGL 1160 on or after August 25, 2008 the nine hours requirement is satisfied by completing ENGL 1160 & CIST 3000 and applying for retroactive credit for ENGL 1150. For students testing proficient on the English Diagnostic Test on or after August 25, 2008, the nine hours requirement is satisfied by completing CIST 3000 and applying for retroactive credits for ENGL 1160 and ENGL 1150.
  • Public Speaking (3 hours) which can be fulfilled by SPCH 1110 or 2120
  • Mathematics (MATH 1310 – Intermediate Algebra 3 hours [May test out])

University Distribution Requirements (26 hours)

  • Natural & Physical Sciences (8 hours from at least two different disciplines with at least one laboratory course.);
  • Humanities & Fine Arts (9hours from at least two different disciplines); and
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 hours from at least two different disciplines). Diversity (6 hours may be taken in the distribution requirement)
  • U. S. Diversity*
  • Global Diversity*

* Students may apply these hours to satisfy humanities, social sciences and cultural diversity requi rements (for selected courses).

Degree Requirements

College of ISandT Core and Electives (12 hours)

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

CIST 2100: Social Sciences

CIST 3110: Humanities

Computer Science Core Courses (21 hours)

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

CSCI 1840INTRODUCTION TO C PROGRAMMING

3 credits

CSCI 3320Data Structures

3 credits

CSCI 3710Introduction to Digital Design and Computer Organization

3 credits

CSCI 3550Communications Networks

3 credits

CSCI 4350Computer Architecture

3 credits

CSCI 4500Operating Systems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:21

Mathematics Requirements (8 hours)

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Information Assurance Core Courses (27 hours)

IASC 1100Introduction to Information Security

3 credits

CIST 3600Information Security and Policy

3 credits

CIST 4350Technical Systems Administration

3 credits

CIST 4370Security Administration

3 credits

CIST 4360Foundations of Information Assurance

3 credits

CIST 4540Computer Security Management

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Information Assurance Required Elective Course (8 hours)

Complete three courses from the following:

IASC 4450Host-Based Vulnerability Discovery

3 credits

CSCI 4220Principles of Programming Languages

3 credits

CSCI 4560Number Theory & Cryptography

3 credits

CSCI 4830Introduction Software Engineering

3 credits

CSCI 4900Internet Systems Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Co-Requisite Courses (12 hours):

CRCJ 1010Survey of Criminal Justice

3 or 4 credits

CRCJ 4780White Collar Crime

3 credits

CRCJ 3510Criminal Procedure

3 credits

CRCJ 4130/SOC 4130Sociology of Deviant Behavior

3 credits

And

ISQA 3310/CSCI 4850Managing the Data Base Environment

3 credits

Or

CSCI 4850/ISQA 3310Data Base Management Systems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12