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Information Security and Intelligence Transfer Guide for West Shore Community College

Ferris Program: Information Security and Intelligence
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Ferris College: College of Business
Transfer School: West Shore Community College
Consortium Eligible: Yes
Total Credits Required: 120-127
Catalog Year: 2022-2023

General Education Requirements

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39-40 Credits Required

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute. Ferris State University General Education www.ferris.edu/gened.

  •  Communication Competency
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COMM 105 or COMM 121 or COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking or Small Group Decision Making 3 COM 110 or
    COM 101 or
    No Equivalent
    ENGL 150 English 1 3 ENG 111
    ENGL 250 English 2 3 ENG 112
    ENGL 311 or
    ENGL 321 or
    ENGL 325
    Advanced Technical Writing or
    Advanced Composition or Advanced Business Writing
    3 No Equivalent
  •  Quantitative Literacy

    Students must substitute General Education elective credits for MATH 114 or 115 if their Math ACT score is 24 or higher or their SAT score is 580 or higher.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 114 or MATH 115 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 2 or Intermediate Algebra 4 or 3 MTH 125 or
    MTH 121
  •  Natural Sciences Competency

    Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Natural Sciences Electives 6 Varies
  •  Cultural Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and have no more than 5 credits from Cultural Competency Activities. A foreign language course is recommended.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Culture Electives 9 Varies
  •  Self and Society Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course

    ECON 201 or
    ECON 202

    Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECO 136 or
    ECO 137
    Varies Self and Society Elective 6 Varies

College Requirements

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81-87 Credits Required

  •  Business Core Requirements

    12 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 ACC 121
    STQM 260 Introduction to Statistics 3 MTH 123
    MGMT 301 Applied Management 3 MGT 201
    MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3 MKT 241
  •  Major Courses

    57 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    ISIN 121 Digital Security Awareness 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 200 Secure Digital Technologies 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 209 Network Security 3 No Equivalent
    STQM 270 Introduction to Data Mining 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 300 Link and Visual Analysis 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 301 Data and Intelligence Competitive Theory 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 306 Security Informatics 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 308 Principles of Information Security 3 No Equivalent
    DFOR 310 Digital Forensics and Analysis 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 312 Applications of Information Security 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 317 Fraud Examination 3 No Equivalent
    PROJ 320 Project Management Fundamentals 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 325 Database Security 3 No Equivalent
    STQM 360 Risk Analysis and Strategy 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 380 Current Issues in Information Security and Intelligence 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 409 Network Forensics and Analysis 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 429 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Security 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 491 Information Security and Intelligence Internship 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 499 Capstone Experience 3 No Equivalent

Concentration or Minor

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12-18 Credits Required

A minimum of 12 credits is required, choose one of the following: 1) A prescribed concentration from within this section; 2) A custom concentration that can be developed with an advisor; 3) An advisor approved minor. It is important to note that all courses and concentrations may not be available at all campuses.

  •  Digital Forensics and Penetration Testing Concentration (DFPN)

    12 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    DFOR 315 Advanced Digital Forensics 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 335 Penetration Testing and Cloud Security 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 430 Penetration Testing and Mobile Security 3 No Equivalent
    DFOR 454 CyberSec Incident Response 3 No Equivalent
  •  Data Mining Concentration (DTMN) (Available at the Big Rapids Campus Only)

    12 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    STQM 322 Inferential Statistics 3 No Equivalent
    ISIN 335 Penetration Testing and Cloud Security 3 No Equivalent
    STQM 342 Data Mining Tools 3 No Equivalent
    Varies Directed Elective (Advisor Approval) 3 No Equivalent
  •  Foreign Language Concentration (FRL)

    12 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Varies (Advisor Approval) 12 Varies
  •  Custom Concentration (CUST)

    12 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Varies (Advisor Approval) 12 Varies
  •  Minor

    18 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Varies (Advisor Approval) 18 Varies

Program Contact Information

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College of Business
Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems Department
(231) 591-2434
[email protected]

Ferris Statewide - West Shore Community College
(231) 995-1734
[email protected]

Ferris Online
(231) 591-2340
[email protected]

Admission Requirements

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New Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.00 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum Composite ACT score of 22 and ACT Math score of 22 or SAT Math score of 550.
  • All students applying for admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program will have to submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following:
    • Who they are and why they desire admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program.
    •  A description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience.
    • A description of someone that influenced them and why.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Combined college or university GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended.
  • GPA is based on completion of 24 credit hours or more.
  • Completion of the transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 115 with a grade of C or higher or have either a minimum ACT Math score of 22 or SAT Math score of 550.
  • All students applying for admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program will have to submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following:
    •  Who they are and why they desire admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program.
    •  A description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience.
    •  A description of someone that influenced them and why.

More Information

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Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).

To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.

Steps to Apply

Advising Notes

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.

Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.

Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.

*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution

Reverse Transfer Agreement

Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Disclaimer

Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above. Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.

Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].