Bachelor of Professional Studies in Information Assurance

Information assurance and information security—among the fastest growing careers in the country—is a natural fit for people interested in security and problem solving. This degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and capacity to implement information security and find solutions for information assurance problems.

The B.P.S. in Information Assurance is a degree completion program designed for working professionals to use their prior earned college credit to complete their degree.

Current median salary* $60,000

Median salary reflects mid-career earnings based on national data.

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B.P.S. in Information Assurance
Total credit requirements* 120 hours

Must include a combination of 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level) and 30 hours in residence.
Unrestricted electives are used to fulfill credit requirements beyond General Education and Major requirements.

General Education Requirements (35 credit hours)

A First-Year Colloquium course is required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

Standard Core (21 hours)

  • Communication-Written (6 hours)
  • History of Civilization (3 hours)
  • U.S. Traditions (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)

College Core (14 hours)

  • Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Science (8 hours)
  • Additional Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication-Speech, or Interdisciplinary course (3 hours)

Major Requirements

The Information Assurance degree includes Professional Studies requirements as well as 48 hours in a selected concentration area.

Professional Studies Foundations (21 hours)

Includes two courses (6 hours) chosen from a list of Professional electives

Applied Organizational Administration and Behaviors

Subject Course Title
MGMT 3340 Managing People in Organizations (MGMT 3300)
MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management (None)

Organizational Systems

Subject Course Title
MGMT 3300 Principles of Management (None)


Subject Course Title
SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking (SPCH 1300)
RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace (RHET 1312)

Information Assurance Concentration (48 hours)


A minimum of 18 selected credit hours must be developed and maintained by the departmental faculty administering the concentration.

Subject Course Title
CPSC 1175 Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory (co-req with CPSC 1375)
CPSC 1375 Programming I
IFAS 2300 Introduction to Information Assurance
IFAS 3300 Computer Forensics
CPSC 2376 Programming II OR CPSC 2377 Introduction to Game Programming
CPSC 2380 Data Structures and Algorithms
CPSC 2382 Introduction to Computer Systems and Assembly Language
CPSC 3370 Net-Centric Computing: Systems Concepts
CPSC 4360 Computer Security
CRJU 3309 Cyber Crime and the Law

Concentration Electives

Includes additional coursework related to the concentration to bring the total number of hours in the concentration to 48, selected from the following electives:

Subject Course Title
MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I OR MATH 1451 Calculus I, OR equivalent
MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I
CPSC 4376 Applied Cryptography