Why should I consider a BI in Computer Security?
If you’re not sure what the BI is, you might want to read this first, “What is the BI?” If you’ve already done that then here is what the BI for computer science and security has to offer.

Computer Security, a.k.a. cyber-security, is a rapidly growing field. With more and more of our personal life going online, cyber security is an area of growing concern with expanding opportunities. Colorado Springs is home to multiple military bases including NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Colorado Springs also has the highest concentration of of International Systems Security Association (ISSA) members in the world. BI CSS students have numerous research opportunities giving students the chance to take what they know and use it on real jobs and internships. The program covers the core of a computer science degree but adds in the security focus allowing students two different primary career paths. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, five of the top ten growth fields through 2014 relate to computing. In addition to their cyber-skills, BI CSS students will graduate with work experience, team skills, and a business background, all important to applying cyber security in organizations that need it. This combination will set any student up for either diving head first into a career or furthering their education with graduate school.

Objectives
The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Computer  Security will provide students with both the technical and business background to work on innovative security and computer-security-related projects, including the ability to: (1) recognize the broader issues in security technology-related problems; (2) understand the technological, business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology; and (3) have the ability to communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge. The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the technical competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in security, students will develop the critical thinking skills, multi-faceted team oriented skills and basic business background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing security career landscape for positions that are unlikely to be off-shored.

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Innovations degree in Computer Security, a track with Computer Science,  requires completion of at least 128 credit hours, a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all computer science courses and courses taken at the University of Colorado, and completion of the Computer Science Major Field Assessment Test. This test will be given on a Saturday morning about three weeks prior to the end of the fall and spring semesters. A student must have completed 110 credit hours before taking the exam. The courses for the degree are outlined as follows:

Innovation Core (27 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

English (3 Credits)

Mathematics (13 Credits)

MATH 1350 Calculus I 4
MATH 2150 Discrete Mathematics 3
CS 2300 Computational Linear Algebra 3
ECE 3610 Engineering Probability & Stats OR 3
QUAN 2010 Business Statistics 3

Science (10 credits)

Must complete one (1) full year in the same subject and at least one (1) lab
Physics 10 credits
PES 1110 General Physics I 4 credits
PES 1160 Advanced Physics Lab I 1 credit
PES 1120 General Physics II 4 credits
PES 2160 Advanced Physics Lab II 1 credit
Chemistry 10 or more credits with at least 1 lab
CHEM 1401 General Chemistry I and 1402 Chem Lab 5 credits
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry II and Chem 1412 Chem Lab 2 5 credits
CHEM 1201 Introduction to Chemistry 4 credits
CHEM 1121 CSI: Forensic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 1122 CSI: Forensic Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
CHEM 1101 Chemistry in the Modern World 3 credits
Biology 10 credits (note will require one year = 8 credits in biology + a chemistry prerequisite so more than 10 total credits) Must have at least one lab
BIOL 1300 General Biology I 3 credits
BIOL 1310 General Biology I Lab 1 credit
BIOL 1350 General Biology II 3 credits
BIOL 1360 General Biology II Lab 1 credit

Security Core (54 credits)

CS 1150 Principles of Computer Science 3 credits
CS 1450 Data Structures and Algorithms in Java 3 credits
CS 2080 Programming in UNIX 2 credits
CS 2060 Programming with C 3 credits
CS 2160 Computer Organization and Assembly Language 3 credits
CS 3060 Object-Oriented Programming in C++ OR CS3020 Object-Oriented Programming in C# 3 credits
CS 2910 System and Administrative Security 3 credits
CS 3050 Social and Ethical Implications of Computing 1 credit
CS 3300 Software Engineering 3 credits
PAD 3400 Public Administration and Homeland Security or PAD 4400 Understanding Terrorism 3 credits
CS 4200 Computer Architecture 3 credits
CS 4220 Computer Networks 3 credits
CS 4420 Database 3 credits
CS 4500 Operating Systems I 3 credits
CS 4910 Fundamentals of Computer/Network Security 3 credits
CS 4920 Applied Cryptography 3 credits
Security Electives (CS, MNGT, BIS, PAD) 3000+ 9 credits

 

How Rigorous is a BI in Computer Security?
The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Innovation™ degree in Computer Security requires completion of at least 128 credit hours, a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all computer science courses and courses taken at the University of Colorado, and completion of the Computer Science Major Field Assessment Test. A student must have completed 110 credit hours before taking the exam. The Bachelor of Innovation in Computer Science Security provides students with both the technical and business background to work on innovative computer-related projects, including the ability to:

* recognize the broader issues in computer technology-related problems relating to security
* understand the technological, business, legal and societal constraints affecting modern security systems and implementations
* communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to security challenges.

What might my college schedule look like?
The following sample plan represents the suggested order and semesters in which students should take course to graduate within four years. Since each student starts at a different level of mathematical ability, this listing should only be considered a guide. Specific questions about the sample program should be directed to the Engineering Advisor.

Sample Major Sheet:

Sample Coursework with Calculus at Entry

Sample Coursework with a delayed start in calculus