Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance (BSIA)

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 continues to emerge. The lack of adequately secure information systems has been cited as one of the likely impediments to the emergence of the digital society.

Student Groups

NULLify is UNO’s student-led computer security group. It meets every Monday at 7 pm in UNO’s Secure Technology Education and Awareness Lab (STEAL) 1 or 2 located in the Peter Kiewit Institute.

Visit NULLify on Facebook at nullifyuno.

http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-information-science-and-technology/school-of-interdisciplinary-informatics/student-involvement/index.php

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance (BSIA). Thirty of the last 36 hours must be University of Nebraska at Omaha courses. Registering for courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal.

To obtain a BSIA, a student must fulfill the University, College and Departmental requirements. Some courses may satisfy requirements in more than one area, but credit is awarded only once, thereby reducing the total number of credit hours for the degree to 120. (This total does not include prerequisites.)

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses (15 hours of which can be satisfied by courses in the required areas below)
  • 9 hours of College of IS&T Core courses 
  • 8 hours of Mathematics courses
  • 21 hours of Computer Science Core courses
  • 30  hours of Information Assurance Core courses
  • 9  hours of Information Assurance Elective courses
  • 6  hours of Co-Requisite Political Science courses
  • 6  hours of elective/prerequisite courses

TOTAL HOURS: 120


Prerequisite / Free Electives (7 hours)
CSCI 1200Computer Science Principles

3 credits

CSCI 1204Computer Science Principles Laboratory

1 credit

Or

CIST 1300Introduction to Web Development

3 credits

*NOTE: CSCI 1200 and CSCI 1204 count toward the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.

College of IS&T Core Courses for IA Majors (9 Hours)
CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics

3 credits

*NOTE: CIST 2100 counts toward Social Science requirement; CIST 3110 counts toward Humanities requirement

Mathematics Courses (8 hours)

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

Computer Science Core Courses (21 hours)

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

CSCI 2240Introduction to C Programming

3 credits

CSCI 3320/CSCI 8325Data Structures

3 credits

CSCI 3550/CSCI 8555Communications Networks

3 credits

CSCI 3710Introduction to Digital Design and Computer Organization

3 credits

CSCI 4350Computer Architecture

3 credits

CSCI 4500/CSCI 8506Operating Systems

3 credits

 

Information Assurance Core Courses (30 hours)

IASC 1100Introduction to Information Security

3 credits

IASC 3570Cryptography

3 credits

IASC 3350Security Administration - Linux

3 credits

IASC 3370Security Administration - Windows

3 credits

IASC 3600/CIST 3600Information Security, Policy and Awareness

3 credits

IASC 4360/IASC 8366/CSCI 8366Foundations of Information Assurance

3 credits

IASC 4380/CSCI 4380/IASC 8386Computer and Network Forensics

3 credits

IASC 4450/IASC 8456Host-Based Vulnerability Discovery

3 credits

IASC 4460/IASC 8466Network-Based Vulnerability Discovery

3 credits

IASC 4580Certification and Accreditation of Secure Systems (Capstone)

3 credits

 *NOTE: IASC 1100 counts toward Global Diversity requirement

Information Assurance Elective Courses (Select 9 hours)

CIST 4540/ISQA 8546/IASC 4540/IASC 8546Computer Security Management

3 credits

IASC 4950Internship in Information Assurance

1 - 3 credits

IASC 4980Special Topics in Information Assurance

1 - 3 credits

IASC 4990Independent Study in Information Assurance

1 - 3 credits

ISQA 3310Managing the Database Environment

3 credits

ISQA 3910Introduction to Project Management

3 credits

ISQA 4380Distributed Technologies and Systems

3 credits

CSCI 4220Principles of Programming Languages

3 credits

CSCI 4560/MATH 4560/CSCI 8566/MATH 8566Number Theory & Cryptography

3 credits

CSCI 4830/CSCI 8836Introduction Software Engineering

3 credits

CSCI 4900Internet Systems Development

3 credits

 

 Co-Requisite: Political Science Courses (6  hours)

Advanced Writing Course

All UNO students are required to take an advanced writing course within their major.  Information Assurance degree students must take CIST 3000 Advanced Composition for IS&T.