The Cyber Intelligence and Security (CI) degree program, offered by the College of Security and Intelligence Studies, is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for entry into many areas of cybersecurity work including cyber analytics, incident response, network security and cybersecurity operations and management careers. Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek work and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the global internet/ business environment. Dedicated faculty advisors assist CI students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program. Emphasis is placed on effective communications, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, ethical and legal grounding, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, computer and network functional skills, broad cyber industry familiarity, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Course requirements include a core computer science foundation with lecture and labs, group/individual projects and presentations, and a blend of theory and applications to best prepare students for a variety of positions in the workplace. Colloquia, forums, visiting speakers, interesting field trip experiences, and interdisciplinary opportunities/ activities serve to enrich the curriculum. Diverse elective courses allow students to broaden their general education interests or pursue specific interests in many specialized areas, including international commerce, unmanned aviation, global security and intelligence, and culture and language.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Intelligence and Security (CI) requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Students choose one of three options as a part of their senior capstone - either a project, a thesis, or internship/co-op program. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Course descriptions should be reviewed prior to registration to ensure proper placement. The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and its Prescott Bachelor of Science degree program in Cyber Intelligence and Security are in candidacy for accreditation as a Center of Academic Excellence by the NSA. Embry Riddle is a member of the Cyber Patriot program and the CyberWatch Network. In order to be awarded a CI degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80% of the core in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Program Director.