Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

In the last ten years, there has been much data demonstrating that there is a rapid rise in the incidence of cyber-attacks targeting individuals, organizations, and even countries. Consequently, cybersecurity and information assurance are the US government's top priorities, as seen in various Presidential Directives and the US Justice Department document High Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs. The US has identified cybersecurity as one of the rising workforce areas, from both public and private sectors. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CIA) program at the Department of Computer and Information Science aims to educate and train an elite, diverse cadre of students, who are ready to address real-world computer security and criminal justice challenges. It will also benefit any individual who is interested in advancing their knowledge of computer security and privacy.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Concentration

The Cybersecurity and Privacy (CP) concentration educates students in the fundamentals and principles of cybersecurity and privacy and provides students with labs and experiences that encourage creative thinking.  It is built upon a rigorous undergraduate background in computer and information science. Students in this concentration study fundamental security and privacy concepts such as confidentiality, integrity, access control, security architecture and systems, attack/defense. This concentration also provides a sequence of courses that cover unique security and privacy issues in various application areas, ranging from computer security to network security, from wired security to wireless security, from data security to application security, from every day security to enterprise security. 

Digital Forensics Concentration

Digital Forensics (DF) is the area of computer science concerned with the examination and analysis of computer hard drives, storage devices, cell phones, tablets, or any electronic device that may hold evidence which could be used in a court of law. The device could be as simple as a cell phone or as complex as a main server for a large corporation. The digital forensics analyst uncovers and preserves data for later use as legal evidence, and analyzes the data in light of a particular crime or criminal or civil investigation. This may involve determining how hackers or unauthorized persons gained access to information or computer systems as well as where and how they navigated within the system.

Digital forensics specialists recover files and emails or other electronic correspondence that have been deleted or erased. They also recover data after hardware or software failure, and develop means to harden computer, cyber, and data security against loss, corruption, sabotage, or external attack.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

In addition to completion of the Dearborn Discovery Core, the following courses are required to earn a B.S. degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from UM-Dearborn.

General Requirements

General Requirements
Tech Writing for Engineers (Also fulfills 3 credits of DDC Written and Oral Communication)
Ethics (Also fulfills 3 credits of DDC Humanities and the Arts)
Prin: Macroeconomics (ECON 201 or 202 also fulfill 3 credits of DDC Social and Behavioral Analysis)
Prin: Microeconomics
Behavior in Organization (Also fulfills 3 credits of DDC Social and Behavioral Analysis)
Intro to Criminal Justice (Also fulfills 3 credits of DDC Social and Behavioral Analysis)
Mathematics and Statistics
MATH 115Calculus I4
MATH 116Calculus II4
CIS 275Discrete Structures I4
IMSE 317Eng Probability and Statistics3
MATH 227Introduction to Linear Algebra3
Laboratory Science Sequence
Select one from the following:8
Intro Org and Environ Biology
and Intro Molec & Cellular Biology
General Chemistry IA
and General Chemistry IIA
Physical Geology
and Historical Geology
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
ACC 298Financial Accounting3
CIA Core
CIS 150Computer Science I4
CIS 200Computer Science II4
CIS 310Computer Org and Assembly Lang4
CIS 350Data Struc and Algorithm Anlys4
CIS 375Software Engineering I4
CIS 421Database Mgmt Systems4
CIS 427Comp Networks and Dis Process4
CIS 435Web Technology3
CIS 450Operating Systems4
CIS 4951Design Seminar I2
CIS 4952Design Seminar II2
Students must choose a concentration in Digital Forensics or Cybersecurity and Privacy. Concentration requirements listed below.28

Concentration Requirements for Digital Forensics Concentrators

CIA-Digital Forensics Required28
CIS 387Digital Forensics I4
CIS 467Digital Forensics II4
CIS 447Intro Computr & Ntwrk Security3
or ECE 426 Multimedia Forensics
or ECE 427 Digi Content Protec
CRJ 468Criminology3
CRJ 475Digital Evidence3
CRJ 487Forensic Science3
CRJ 409Intel and Homeland Security3
or CRJ 474 Cyber Crimes
4-5 credits of approved electives from list below 14-5

Concentration Requirements for Cybersecurity and Privacy Concentrators

CIA-Cybersecurity and Privacy Required28
CIS 316Prac. Comp. Sec.3
CIS 446Wireless & Mobi Comp Security3
CIS 447Intro Computr & Ntwrk Security3
CIS 4851Data Security and Privacy3
CRJ 409Intel and Homeland Security3
ECE 427Digi Content Protec4
MATH 396Introduction to Cryptography3
6 credits of approved electives from list below 16

 CIA Electives

CIA Electives 1
Students must select electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of a concentration area. Select the number of elective credits needed for your concentration.
Software Engineering Tools
Prac. Comp. Sec.
Software Engineering II
Industrial Robots
Digital Forensics I
Information Systems
Mobile App Des & Impl
Advanced Networking
Intro Computr & Ntwrk Security
Digital Forensics II
Soft Arch & Design Patterns
Intro to Artificial Intel
Computer Game Design & Implem
Cyber Crimes
Digital Evidence
Forensic Science
Topics in Criminal Jusice
Intro to Microprocessors
Multimedia Forensics
Digi Content Protec
Cloud Computing
Intro to Mobil/Smrt Dev & Tech
Embedded System Design
Des Inovtn: Proc, Meth & Prct
Experiential Honors Prof. Prac
Appl Business Tech for Engr
Exper Honors Directed Research
Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn
Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav
Eng Economy and Dec Anlys