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. 

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Cyber Intelligence and Security is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET,  https://www.abet.org/.

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 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 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 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.

General Education

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 223Intelligence Writing3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming3
Humanities Lower-Level Elective3
Humanities or Social Science Lower-Level Elective3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective3
MA 111Pre-Calculus for Aviation3
MA 112Applied Calculus for Aviation3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 117
PS 117L
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
Social Science, Psychology, or Economics Lower-Level Elective3
Total Credits37

 Cyber Core

ACC 210Financial Accounting3
ACC 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
BA 201Principles of Management3
CI 120Introduction to Cyber Security Majors3
CI 201Introduction to Linux, Unix, Windows, and Scripting3
CI 320Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing3
CI 330Software Security3
CI 340Database System Security3
CI 410Malware Analysis3
CI 460Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning3
CS 125Computer Science I4
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks3
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics3
CS 315Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms3
CS 420Operating Systems3
MA 225Introduction to Discrete Structures3
Total Credits49

 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
Total Credits21

Senior Capstone

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


Open Electives10

Suggested Program of Study

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, Psychology, or Economics Lower-Level Elective 3
 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
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
ACC 210 Financial Accounting 3
CI 311 Securing Computer Networks 3
CS 303 Network Security 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
PS 117L Introductory Physics II Lab 1
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Junior Year
CI 320 Ethical Hacker - Pen Testing 3
CI 340 Database System Security 3
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
Humanities or Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
COM 219 Speech 3
CI 330 Software Security 3
CI 460 Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning 3
CI 450 Computer Forensics II 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
ACC 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
CS 420 Operating Systems 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective * 3
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
Open Elective 4
 Credits Subtotal16.0
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
CI 410 Malware Analysis 3
CI 490 Cyber Capstone Project 3
CS 432 Information and Computer Security 3
 Credits Subtotal12.0
 Credits Total: 120.0