B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security

The Cyber Intelligence and Security (CI) degree program, offered by the College of Security and Intelligence Studies, is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for entry into many areas of cyber security work including: cyber analytics, incident response, network security and cyber security operations and management careers.

Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek workplace and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the global internet/ business environment. Dedicated faculty advisors assist CI students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program. Emphasis is placed on effective communications, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, ethical and legal grounding, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, computer and network functional skills, broad cyber industry familiarity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Course requirements include a core computer science foundation with lecture and labs, group/individual projects and presentations, and a blend of theory and applications to best prepare students for a variety of positions in the workplace. Colloquia, forums, visiting speakers, interesting field trip experiences, and interdisciplinary opportunities/ activities serve to enrich the curriculum. Diverse elective courses allow students to broaden their general education interests or pursue specific interests in many specialized areas, including international commerce, unmanned aviation, global security and intelligence,  and culture and language. A student interested in minoring in Mandarin will be required to take at least 12 credit hours additional coursework outside the normal 120 credit core course schedule.  The student may utilize their six credits of open electives for LCH classes.

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 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 and its Prescott Bachelor of Science degree program in Cyber Intelligence and Security  is in candidacy for accreditation as a Center of Academic 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% of the core in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Program Director.

General Education

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 223Intelligence Writing3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming3
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
MA 222Business Statistics3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 114Introductory Physics II4
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X)3
Lower-Level Humanities or Social Science3
Lower-Level Social Science or Psychology3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science3
Total Credits40

 Cyber Core

BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
CI 320Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing3
CI 410Malware Analysis3
CS 125Computer Science I4
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks3
CS 225Computer Science II4
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics3
CS 315Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms3
CS 317Files and Database Systems3
CS 420Operating Systems3
MA 225Introduction to Discrete Structures3
Total Credits47

 Intelligence & Security Concentration

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 425Information Protection and Computer Security3
Total Credits24

Senior Capstone

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


Open Electives6
Total Credits6

 Recommended for students entering the program with no prior computer programming experience.

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
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
UNIV 101 College Success (1)
 Credits Subtotal12.0
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Sophomore Year
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
CS 213 Introduction to Computer Networks 3
CS 315 Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms 3
MA 225 Introduction to Discrete Structures 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II 4
 Credits Subtotal16.0
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
CS 225 Computer Science II 4
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Junior Year
BA 312 Managerial Accounting 3
Lower-Level Social Science or Psychology 3
CI 320 Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing 3
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
CS 317 Files and Database Systems 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
COM 219 Speech 3
Lower-Level Humanities or Social Science 3
CI 311 Securing Computer Networks 3
CS 303 Network Security 3
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
BA 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
CI 450 Computer Forensics II 3
CS 420 Operating Systems 3
SIS 425 Information Protection and Computer Security 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science 3
CI 490 Cyber Capstone Project 3
CS 432 Information and Computer Security 3
CI 410 Malware Analysis 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
 Credits Total: 120