The Bachelor of Science in Security and Risk Analysis is intended to familiarize you with the general frameworks and multidisciplinary theories that define the area of security and related risk analyses. Courses in the major will engage you in the challenges and problems associated with assuring information confidentiality and integrity (e.g., social, economic, technology-related, and policy issues), as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods for assessing and mitigating associated risk.
To acquire the B.S. in SRA, you are required to successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits.
Because the IT profession is constantly changing, continued learning remains key to advancing your career. As you consider your education options, you might also be interested in the Associate in Science in IST, Undergraduate Certificate in IST, or the Undergraduate Certificate in SRA, as you work toward your bachelor’s degree. Many of the credits in these programs may be applied to the requirements for your bachelor’s degree, so that means you can benefit from Penn State's highly regarded name on your résumé even sooner. Your adviser can help you plan the best path for you to achieve your goals.
Prescribed Courses for the Major (26 credits)
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all prescribed courses for the major.
Additional Courses for the Major (21–23 credits)
Writing Courses (select 3 credits)
PSYCH/SOC Courses (select 3 credits)
Economics Courses (select 3 credits)
Math Courses (select 3–5 credits)
GEOG or PLSC Courses (select 3 credits)
Statistics Courses (select 3 credits)
Programming Courses (select 3 credits)
Prescribed Courses for the Information and Cybersecurity Option (15 credits)
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all prescribed courses for the option.
Additional Courses for the Information and Cybersecurity Option (select 3 credits)
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all additional courses for the option.
Supporting Courses and Related Areas for the Information and Cyber Security Option (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from College-approved list. At least 3 credits must be at the 400-level.
Electives (select 5–13 credits)
Students can choose electives in consultation with their adviser.
General Education Requirements
Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.
- Arts (GA): 6 credits
- Humanities (GH): 6 credits
- Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
- Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
- Integrative Studies: 6 credits
This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.
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