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University Catalog

Associate of Science in Information Security

Vision Statement

The UMFK Information Security Program envisions itself as providing leadership in information security education that produces graduates who have a clear and deep understanding of both the security management and technical components of information security. The focus of the program not only is on education through the understanding of IS/IT security theory, but also the applied practice of security procedures for the implementation of information security infrastructures. It seeks to produce information security practitioners who are capable of protecting information assets for the betterment of society.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of the UMFK Information Security Program to educate and mentor its students to become responsible, knowledgeable and skilled information security practitioners capable of performing all tasks common to the field of information security. The program instills the necessary and fundamental tenets of this field and fosters critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills to produce graduates who are cognizant of the ethical implications of their actions and inactions. Additionally, the program prepares students to further their education at the baccalaureate level and as life-long learners.


Program Description/Goals

The Associate of Science in Information Security is designed to prepare students to obtain employment in the information security and related fields or as a course of study leading to baccalaureate studies in information security.


Student Learning Outcomes

UMFK Information Security graduates will have demonstrated the following:

  1. proficiency in technical information security concepts and their impact upon society;
  2. proficiency in network security issues and design principles;
  3. an understanding of the intricacies involved in the completion of projects/experiences within the field of information security;
  4. an ability to effectively communicate ideas, present results, and function in all stages of the information security systems development life cycle;
  5. an ability to function individually and or as a member of a project team to achieve specific outcomes;
  6. a thorough understanding of computers and the technical and human aspects of their impact upon society; and
  7. an ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature relating to information security.

Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education Requirements* 29 credits
*To satisfy Competency in Responsible Citizenship choose: BUS 260 Business Ethics or PSA 221 Ethics and Community. To satisfy Quantitative Literacy, choose MAT 128 or MAT 180. To satisfy Information Literacy, choose COS 103.
Information Security Requirements
COS 111 Introduction to Computer Science 4 credits
COS 206 Introduction to Information Security 3 credits
COS 338 Introduction to Networking 3 credits
COS 354 Network Security 4 credits
COS 374 Operating Systems Security 3 credits
COS 440 Cyber Defense 3 credits
COS/PSA 413 Computer Forensics and Investigations OR  
    COS 430     Cryptography 3-4 credits
  Computer Portfolio (see Techniques for Assessment)  
  Electives 7-8 credits
Total 60 credits

Techniques for Assessment

Students are required to complete a Computer Portfolio in addition to those courses defined within the program. Students construct a portfolio from the Capstone Projects completed as part of the Cos course requirements portion of their program. The portfolio is intended to enable assessment of student learning outcomes that are best assessed in an integrative fashion, spanning all of the student’s course work and, therefore, reflects overall academic growth.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
COS 206 Introduction to Information Security 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
MAT 128 College Algebra I OR  
    MAT 180     Finite Math I 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 111 Introduction to Computer Science 4 credits
COS 338 Introduction to Networking 3 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  General Education - Oral Communications 3 credits
  General Education - Behavioral & Social Sciences 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 354 Network Security 4 credits
COS 374 Operating Systems Security 3 credits
  Electives 4 credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
COS/PSA 413 Computer Forensics & Investigations OR  
    COS 430     Cryptography 3-4 credits
COS 440 Cyber Defense 3 credits
  General Education - Arts & Humanities 6 credits
  Electives 1-2 credits
Total 14 credits