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Information Assurance, BGS

Online Information Assurance Student

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sInformation Assurance (IA) is an emerging, rapidly expanding science that addresses problems in the fundamental understanding of the design, development, implementation and life cycle support of secure information systems.

The online Information Assurance program  provides an educational focus on:

  • Foundation principles
  • Theories
  • Research

Students will gain the skills necessary to analyze, design, and construct secure information systems.

Program courses address the fundamental technologies, policies, and ethics involved in the protection of information systems. Hands-on experience is gained through numerous laboratory exercises associated with each course.

Maximize Prior Learning

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The online Bachelor of General Studies degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: Blended Program - what's this? Some components of the program are synchronous, meaning students and instructor interact in real time. These meetings may be online or face-to-face/on campus.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

For Military Students

  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
  • Scholarships just for active duty military, veterans, and military spouses
  • Policies and programs that support military during times of deployment, PCS, or demanding work schedules
  • Ranked 2nd nationwide for military and veteran student support, according to Military Times magazine
  • Access to the Office of Military and Veteran Services, a one-stop student support office and advocate for any current or prospective UNO students that have a military affiliation

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed.  Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$257.25$25.00$11.00$4.00$297.25
3 credit hour$771.75$75.00$33.00$12.00$891.75


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$335.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$375.00
3 credit hour$1,005.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,125.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree, students are required to:
  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration or six hours from UNO in two of your areas of emphasis
  • Maintain a minimum University of Nebraska system 2.00 grade point average

Requirements and information regarding transferring credits to the BGS Degree:

  • Students may earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences.  Official transcripts will be required (i.e. Joint Services Transcript (JST), American Council on Education (ACE) transcript).
    • A maximum of 64 semester credit hours may be transferred from a two-year/junior or community college.  The number is unlimited from a four-year college or university.  All institutions must be regionally accredited.
    • Only courses with a grade of "C-" or better will be accepted for transfer from a regionally accredited two- and four-year college or university.  All grades from a University of Nebraska campus will be included.
    • All credit hours transferable are converted to semester credit hours.
    • Grades earned at another institution do not become a part of the student's UNO cumulative grade point average, unless earned at another University of Nebraska campus:
      • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL)
      • University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK)
      • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)


For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab. 

View a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements.    

Prerequisite courses: CIST 1300 Introduction to Web Development; CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Programming; MATH 1930 Calculus for Mgr, Life & Social Sciences; CIST 3100 Organizations, Applications & Technology; CSCI 1620 Introduction to Computer Science II.


BGS General Requirements

English composition and writing 9 credit hours 
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent 3 credit hours
Public speaking 3 credit hours
 Natural & physical sciences
(7 hours from two disciplines, one course with a lab)
7 credit hours
Humanities & fine arts 9 credit hours 
Social & behavioral sciences 9 credit hours
Area of Concentration

Information Assurance option choices: CSCI 2240 and CIST 3110; CIST 3600 and 4540; MATH 2030; ISQA 3400 or CSCI 3550; IASC 3350 or 3370; IASC 4360; ISQA 3300 or CSCI 3320.

30 hours
Secondary field 1

All 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can can be used toward a minor.

12 credit hours
Secondary field 2

All 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can can be used toward a minor.

12 credit hours
Cultural diversity  Cultural diversity requirements include 3 credit hours U.S. diversity and 3 hours global diversity. 6 credit hours
Electives 25 credit hours
Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Information Technology Ethics

CIST 3110

The course will cover the development and need for issues regarding privacy, the effect of current legislation, and the application of computer ethics to information technology. Prereq: CIST 3100

Computer Security Management

CIST 4540
The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts and techniques from security assessment, risk mitigation, disaster planning, and auditing to identify, understand, and propose solutions to problems of computer security and security administration. Prereq: CIST4360 or permission of the instructor. (Crosslisted with ISQA 8546.)

Introduction to C Programming

CSCI 2240
Programming in 'C' in a UNIX operating system environment; algorithm and program development and file manipulation using 'C'; UNIX-like utility development. Prereq:CSCI 1620

Data Structures

CSCI 3320

Methods of representing arrays, stacks, queues, lists, trees, graphs and files. Searching and sorting. Storage management. Cross-listed with CSCI 8325. Prereq: CSCI 1620 and MATH 2030.

Communications Networks

CSCI 3550

Introduction to digital and analog data communication hardware, software and applications. Existing technologies and physical hardware for local and wide area networks. Transmission links, topological design, network protocols, addressing, routing and flow control. The ISO Open Systems Interconnect model. Cross-listed with CSCI 8555.  Prereq: CSCI 3320/8325 Data structures and algorithms. C or C++ programming.

Security Administration-Linux

IASC 3350

The course provides students with hands on experience in the field of security administration. The student will learn how a security professional fulfills various Information Assurance requirements using the Linux operating system. Topics include examination of vulnerabilities; procedures and tools for security assessment; development of security policies, procedures and standards; firewalls, logging and audit tools, hardening scripts as well as other tools and techniques used to implement secure computing environments.  Prereq: CSCI 3320 or ISQA 3300

Security Administration-Windows

IASC 3370

This course covers topics a system administrator would encounter in their profession.  The student will learn how a system administrator fulfills various organizational information resource management requirements using the a Linux-based Operating System.  Topics will include: installation; creating and maintaining file systems; user and group administration; backup and restore processes; network configuration; various system services; simple security administration; and updating and maintaining the system.  Prereq: CSCI3320 or ISQA3300

Information Security Policy and Awareness

IASC 3600

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Security. The principles are laid out in such a way that computer professionals not only learn about principles; they learn them in a logical order that provides a framework for developing and performing the security tasks. The course will address hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures relative to information security in the organization. This course has a zero credit hour laboratory component. Prereq: CIST 2100; and ISQA 3400 or CSCI 3550 which may be taken concurrently.

Foundations of Information Assurance

IASC 4360
Contemporary issues in computer security, including sources for computer security threats and appropriate reactions; basic encryption and decryption; secure encryption systems; program security, trusted operating systems; database security, network and distributed systems security, administering security; legal and ethical issues. Prereq: CSCI 3320/8325.(Cross-listed with CSCI 8366.)

File Structures for Information Systems

ISQA 3300

Prereq: CIST 1620. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to computer file organizations and access methods. A fundamental understanding of the performance implications of each file organization is developed to allow the students to make information systems design choices that will optimize the performance of business information systems.

Business Data Communications

ISQA 3400

Introduction to business data communications and teleprocessing, centralized, decentralized, and distributed systems, impact of distributed systems on hardware, software, data procedures, and personnel. Prereq: CIST 3100.

Discrete Mathematics

MATH 2030

A foundations course in discrete mathematics for applied disciplines, including computer science and computer engineering. Topics include: logic, sets, relations, functions, complexity functions and big congruences, induction and recursive definitions, elementary combinatorics, discrete probability, graphs and trees. Prereq: MATH 1950 or MATH 1930.

Azad Azadmanesh, Ph.D., Professor

Steve Nugen, M.S., NUCIA Assistant Director

Kenneth Dick, Ph.D., Chair, Dept of Telecommunications

Robin Gandhi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Assurance

Matthew Hale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dwight A. Haworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Bill Mahoney, Ph.D., NUCIA Director, Associate Professor

Abhishek Parakh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Leah Pietron, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Charles Spence, Lab Manager

Mahadevan Subramaniam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED


Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

You may also be required to complete an online scholarship application to be considered for any UNO scholarships.

Application Deadlines


Fall Semester August 1 
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Sessions June 1

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone: 888.622.0332

Division of Continuing Studies Office
Phone: 402.554.2370

Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349


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