The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security program prepares graduates who can deal with threats from those who would abuse our world’s growing dependency on technology.  

Bachelor of Science in
Cyber Intelligence and Security

Dr. Ronald Madler

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security program prepares graduates who can deal with threats from those who would abuse our world’s growing dependency on technology. In reality-based scenarios, students develop the knowledge in computer science and cybersecurity needed to defend the people, data, software, and networks that keep the world safe and productive. Graduates are prepared for professional roles in the rapid growing field of cybersecurity.

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security degree is housed in the College of Security & Intelligence.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Intelligence and Security (CI) requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Students choose one of three options as a part of their senior capstone — either a project, a thesis, or an internship/co-op program. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Course descriptions should be reviewed prior to registration to ensure proper placement.

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Bachelor of Science degree program in Cyber Intelligence and Security is in candidacy for accreditation as a Center of Excellence by the NSA. Embry Riddle is a member of the Cyber Patriot program and the CyberWatch Network.

In order to be awarded a CI degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80 percent of the core in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Program Director.

General Education

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
MA 220Quantitative Methods II3
or BA 221 Advanced Computer Based Systems
EC 210Microeconomics3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 114Introductory Physics II4
HU14X vourse3
Lower-level SS/PSY vourse3
Upper-level HU/SS course3
Total Credits37

Cyber Core

BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
CS 125Computer Science I4
CS 225Computer Science II4
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks3
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics3
CS 317Files and Database Systems3
CS 305Database Systems and Data Mining3
CS 420Operating Systems3
MA 222Business Statistics3
MA 225Introduction to Discrete Structures3
MA 320Decision Mathematics3
Total Credits47

Intelligence & Security Concentration

CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
CI 310Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance3
CI 311Securing Computer Networks3
CI 450Computer Forensics II3
CS 303Network Security3
CS 432Information and Computer Security3
SIS 210Security Fundamentals3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3
SIS 323Intelligence and Technology3
Total Credits27

Senior Capstone

Choose one of the following:3
CI 490
Cyber Capstone Project
CI 475
Cyber Senior Thesis
CECI 396/496 Cooperative Education
SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship
Total Credits3


Upper-level HU course3
Upper-level SS/PSY course3
Total Credits6

Suggested Program of Study

This suggested sequencing is appropriate for most CI students. However, those seeking to supplement with a minor should consult their advisor.

Freshman Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
UNIV 101 College Success *1
 Credits Subtotal16
HU 14X lower level 3
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
MA 220 Quantitative Methods II 3
or BA 221
Advanced Computer Based Systems
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal16
Sophomore Year
COM 222 Business Communication 3
or COM 223
Intelligence Writing
CS 213 Introduction to Computer Networks 3
MA 225 Introduction to Discrete Structures 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II 4
 Credits Subtotal13
SS/PSY Lower-level course 3
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
CS 225 Computer Science II 4
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
 Credits Subtotal16
Junior Year
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 303 Network Security 3
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
CS 317 Files and Database Systems 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
 Credits Subtotal15
BA 312 Managerial Accounting 3
BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods 3
CI 311 Securing Computer Networks 3
CS 305 Database Systems and Data Mining 3
SIS 323 Intelligence and Technology 3
 Credits Subtotal15
Senior Year
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
CI 450 Computer Forensics II 3
CS 420 Operating Systems 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15
Capstone 3
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
CS 432 Information and Computer Security 3
Upper-level HU/SS course 3
Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15
 Credits Total: 120



UNIV 101 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirement.


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