Information Security and Assurance (BTech)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Technology (BTech)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Jim Boardman
Coordinator Email:

The Bachelor of Technology degree in information security and assurance at Alfred State is designed to prepare graduates to enter the work force as information security professionals with a special emphasis in network and host security, secure programming, and database applications. A four-course sequence in security is provided. The programming language sequence includes modern languages such as VB.NET, Java, and C++. In addition, students receive a sound foundation in web development, networking, and microcomputer systems. The department has a Cisco-certified academy and the college has a Pearson Vue testing center. Students completing course work will have a strong foundation to obtain the following professional certifications: Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA), CCNA Security, Security+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Network+. Additional upper-level courses are provided in management, oral and written communication, and business. A full semester internship is included.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the information security and assurance program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate troubleshooting strategies with a variety of security problems.
  • Install and configure web, database, file, and application servers
  • Develop and implement effective security and disaster recovery systems and policies
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation and procedures for Security management
  • Demonstrate effective research, planning, and security management of software updates and fixes.
  • Apply accumulated knowledge and skills in an actual industry environment
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the use of computer forensic tolls, procedures, techniques, and hardware as well as maintain physical evidence
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in configuring authentication schemes, such as NAT, content security and content vectoring, SYNDefender, and VPNs using industry standard firewalls.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the use and scan of a network with heterogeneous operating systems and identify security vulnerabilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of multiple areas within the liberal arts arena.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in design and configuration of Windows security
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in tracking and monitoring as well as managing kicker attacks against Linux servers and how to prevent them
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.


Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606.

Features & Facilities: 

Alfred State, as a college of technology, provides over 1,600 computers and a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio.  The campus is equipped with a wireless network that allows students to have network access using personal laptops in and out of the classroom.  The Information Technology Department maintains six computer labs which are upgraded regularly for use in providing hands-on training.  The network administration program uses three of the labs to provide students with experience performing common networking tasks.  Virtualization technology is used so that students can work with several "virtual computers" at one time.  This gives each student the ability to create complex "virtual networks" using cutting-edge technology.  Sixteen enterprise-class Cisco routers and switches are available for student use in the Cisco Academy lab.  Alliances with Microsoft Corp. and VMware provide students with free software for educational use.  Classroom instruction is enhanced by the use of computer projection equipment in all of the department's classrooms. 

Articulation Agreements: 

It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees including computer information systems, computer technology, computer science, and others.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 125 credit hours inclusive of physical education courses
  • 39 credit hours in major field required courses
  • 24 credit hours in professional courses
  • 18 credit hours in core concentration
  • 30 credit hours in liberal arts/general education courses
  • a 2.5 grade point average in the major is needed for the required internship
  • other requirements as stated in college academic regulations
  • 8 general education areas are required, with 3 of 5 (art, language, other world civilizations, American history, or western civilization)
Career Opportunities: 

Organizations of all types and sizes need information technology professionals and emphasis on security has never been higher. The primary employment field includes security IT specialists, Virtual Private Network administrators, authentication specialists, database administrators, programmers, and system analysts. Due to the solid foundation in other areas, graduates will not be limited to these areas; thus, the job opportunities are wide and numerous.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees, including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in information technology. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into this degree at the junior level.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Information Security and Assurance majors take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester and spend around 20 hours per week in the classroom or lab.  Average class size is under 25 with most networking classes limited to 16.  Most courses in the Information Technology Department consist of a 50-50 mix of classroom and lab instruction.  Some students also meet with faculty during office hours and work on lab assignments during daytime and evening open lab hours.  Many students are also involved in campus organizations, including the department's student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  Some students also gain valuable experience by working for the college's Technology Services Department.

First Semestercredits
CISY1023Intro to Information Tech.3
CISY1123Intro to Computer Prog for IT OR 
CISY1113Intro to Computer Programming3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective (Soc. Science)3
COMP1503 Freshman Composition3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective "Other"3
Second Semestercredits
CISY4103Visual Programming & Dev.3
CISY2143Micro Systems3
LITR2603Intro to Literature3
MATHxxx3College Algebra or Higher*3
CISY3223Intro to Web Page Development 3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education1
Third Semestercredits
CISY4033Networking I3
CISY2153Database Appl & Program I3
MATH2124Statistics Methods & Analysis OR 
MATH1123Statistics I3-4
 xxx3Gen Ed "Other"3
ACCT1124Financial Accounting4
Fourth Semestercredits
CISY4053Linux OS and Scripting3
BUAD3153Fundamentals of Management3
CISY5203Net Admin3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
CISY5723Ess of Info Security3
 xxx3Gen Ed "Other"3
Fifth Semestercredits
COMP5703Technical Writing II3
CISY7033Security Tools3
 xxx3Gen Ed - Other3
CISY5133Security & Risk Management3
 xxx3Open Elective - Upper**3
 xxx3Professional Elective- Upper3
Sixth Semestercredits
CISY7003Project Management3
CISY7013Network and Host Security3
CISY7023Comp Forensics & Legal3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Professional Elective - Upper3
Seventh Semestercredits
CISY8703Info Sec Capstone OR 
CISY8303Software Op & Interoperability3
CISY8603Seminar in Critical Issues in IT3
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Professional Elective - Upper3
 xxx3Open Elective - Upper3
Eighth Semestercredits
CISY8712Info Technology Internship****12

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

** BUAD 4003 or BUAD 6113 recommended. 

**** GPA of 2.5 or higher required in major courses; GPA of 2.0 minimum overall; internship is student-initiated.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees--1N/A
Responding to Survey--1 (100%)--
Employed--1 (100%)--
Employed in Field--1 (100%)--
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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