B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security

Students will:

  • Apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to analyze and solve complex computing problems.
  • Implement computing-based solutions to meet specific computing requirements within their program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Observe professional responsibilities to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as members or leaders of teams engaged in activities appropriate to their program’s discipline.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Intelligence and Security 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 National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program, and have designated the Prescott Campus as a NSA/DHS CAE-CD institution with its degree programs in Cyber Intelligence and Security meeting their stringent criteria.

Embry-Riddle is a sponsor and mentor for the National Cyber Patriot program and a member of the National CyberWatch Network.

In order to be awarded this 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 Department Chair.

Students should follow the suggested course of study--taking 200, 300, and 400 level courses in sequence--unless otherwise approved by the Department Chair. This will provide the student with the greatest chance of success.

Program Requirements

General Education

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours.  This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of Lower-Level Humanities
3 hours of Lower-Level Social Science
3 hours of Lower-Level or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science
3 hours of Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Cyber Intelligence and Security Core (89 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy your general education requirements.

ACC 210Financial Accounting *3
ACC 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination *3
BA 201Principles of Management3
CI 120Introduction to Cyber Security Majors3
CI 201Introduction to Linux, Unix, Windows, and Scripting3
CI 320Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing *3
CI 330Software Security3
CI 340Database System Security3
CI 410Malware Analysis **3
CI 460Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning3
COM 122English Composition #3
COM 219Speech #3
COM 223Intelligence Writing #3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming #3
CS 125Computer Science I4
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks *3
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics *3
CS 315Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms *3
CS 420Operating Systems *3
General Education - Humanities Lower-Level Elective #3
General Education - Humanities or Social Science Lower-Level Elective #3
General Education - Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective #3
General Education - Natural Science Elective (One must include a lab) #7
General Education - Social Science Lower-Level Elective #3
MA 111Pre-Calculus for Aviation #3
MA 112Applied Calculus for Aviation #3
MA 225Introduction to Discrete Structures3
MA 314Applied Linear Algebra & Statistics **3

Intelligence and Security Concentration (21 Credits)

CI 310Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance **3
CI 311Securing Computer Networks **3
CI 450Computer Forensics II **3
CS 303Cryptography and Network Security **3
CS 432Information and Computer Security **3
SIS 210Security Fundamentals3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3

Senior Capstone (3 Credits)

Choose one of the following:
CI 475Cyber Senior Thesis **3
CI 490Cyber Capstone Project **3
CECIS 497Senior Capstone Option3

Open Electives (7 Credits)

Open Electives7
Total Credits120

Offered in Fall Only


Offered in Spring Only


General Education Course

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.

Cyber Intelligence and Security - General

Freshman Year
CI 120 Introduction to Cyber Security Majors 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
UNIV 101 College Success (1)
 Credits Subtotal15.0
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
CI 201 Introduction to Linux, Unix, Windows, and Scripting 3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
Humanities Lower-Level Elective 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 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
Natural Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
ACC 210 Financial Accounting 3
CI 311 Securing Computer Networks 3
CS 303 Cryptography and Network Security 3
MA 314 Applied Linear Algebra & Statistics 3
Natural Science Elective with Lab 4
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Junior Year
CI 320 Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing 3
CI 330 Software Security 3
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
Humanities or Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
CI 340 Database System Security 3
CI 450 Computer Forensics II 3
COM 219 Speech 3
Open Elective 3
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
ACC 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
CI 460 Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning 3
CS 420 Operating Systems 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Elective 4
 Credits Subtotal16.0
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
CI 410 Malware Analysis 3
CS 432 Information and Computer Security 3
Senior Capstone 3
 Credits Subtotal12.0
 Credits Total: 120.0