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Information Assurance, BGS

Bachelor of General Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Information 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, Theory and 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.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics3

Course Number: 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

CIST 4540Computer Security Management3

Course Number: 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.)

CSCI 2240Introduction to C Programming3

Course Number: 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

CSCI 3320Data Structures3

Course Number: 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.

CSCI 3550Communications Networks3

Course Number: 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.

IASC 3350Security Administration-Linux3

Course Number: 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

IASC 3370Security Administration-Windows3

Course Number: 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

IASC 3600Information Security Policy and Awareness3

Course Number: 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.

IASC 4360Foundations of Information Assurance3

Course Number: 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.)

ISQA 3300File Structures for Information Systems3

Course Number: 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.

ISQA 3400Business Data Communications3

Course Number: 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.

MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics3

Course Number: 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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $264.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $306.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $792.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $918.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $463.50
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $505.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1390.50
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1517.25

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  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

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