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Undergraduate Minor in
Security and Risk Analysis


The SRA minor is a 21-credit program, with course work that exposes you to a variety of topics, including an introduction to security and risk analysis, threat of terrorism and crime, information security, and the legal and regulatory environment of privacy and security.

The minor — open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites — could be a beneficial addition to almost any major. To successfully complete the program, you must take at least 6 credits at the 400 level and receive a grade of C or above in all courses.

You can choose additional course work from areas that most interest you, including risk management and network security. Your academic adviser can help you select the area most in line with your interests.

Course List — Undergraduate Minor in Security and Risk Analysis

Prescribed Courses (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis SRA 111 This introductory course spans areas of security, risk, and analysis covering contexts in government agencies and business organizations. 3 credits
Threat of Terrorism and Crime SRA 211 Provides overview of nature, scope, and seriousness of threats to security as a result of terrorism and crime.
3 credits
Overview of Information Security SRA 221 Provides an understanding of the overview of information security, including security architecture, access control, and Internet secure applications.

Prerequisite: SRA 111 and CMPSC 101 or IST 140 or CMPSC 121
3 credits
 Additional Courses — (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Introduction to Application Development




Introduction to Programming

IST 140





A first course in concepts and skills for application development.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Math 021 or placement above the level of Math 021 in the mathematics placement test


Fundamentals of computational thinking, including reasoning about problems at multiple levels of abstraction; and analyzing code for its behavior, efficiency, and correctness.

Prerequisite: 2 credits in mathematics

3 credits

Networking and Telecommunications


Decision Theory and Analysis

IST 220




SRA 231

Introduction to digital network topologies: transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.


Provides an overview of decision theoretical and analytical concepts and tools in the security risk analysis field.

Prerequisite: SRA 211, STAT 200
3 credits
Additional 400-Level Courses — (select 6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology IST 432 Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231
3 credits
Network Security IST 451 Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221
3 credits
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security IST 452 Exploration of legal, regulatory, public policy, and ethical issues related to security and privacy for information technology professionals in public institutions, private enterprise, and IT services.

Prerequisite: IST 432
3 credits
Legal, Regulatory, Policy Environment of Cyber Forensics IST 453

Legal, regulatory, and public policy environment of computer and network forensics that constrain investigatory and monitoring activities in computer and network environments.

Prerequisite: IST 110 and sixth-semester standing or higher.

3 credits
Computer and Cyber Forensics IST 454 Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cybercrime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cybercrime investigation.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in IST 220 and SRA 221
3 credits
Information Security Management IST 456 Contemporary security issues; security management processes, architecture, and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis, and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in IST 220 and SRA 221
3 credits
The Intelligence Environment SRA 421 The role of information and intelligence introduces students to the architecture and policies of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and examines how U.S. intelligence policies and practices relate to overall U.S. foreign policy objectives and are influenced by today's global environment and emerging technologies. The course examines the users and processes of IC, participants of Competitive Intelligence, and comparative intelligence communities.

Prerequisite: SRA 111 and SRA 211 and SRA 231
3 credits
Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence SRA 468 Introduces visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. It covers analytical techniques on visualizing threats, risk, and vulnerability.

Prerequisite: SRA 111
3 credits
Informatics, Risk, and the Post-Modern World SRA 471 Provides in-depth study of how security informatics is influenced by the risk and post-modern culture.

Prerequisite: SRA 231
3 credits
Crisis Informatics SRA 480 This course examines how information and communication technologies have played a role in saving lives, specifically in the areas of technologies used toward emergency response.

Prerequisite: SRA 111 and SRA 211
3 credits


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