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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems, B.S. Network Security Focus

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Advisement for the major is available from the Information and Decision Sciences  Department

Information Systems, B.S. Network Security Focus Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

Information systems majors must choose one or multiple tracks. Students who choose the General Focus are not allowed pursue additional focuses in the Information and Decision Sciences Department.

The network security focus provides a comprehensive coverage of network analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and security. It equally emphasizes both the technical and managerial aspects of network management. It provides a strong foundation in networking suitable for general IS majors and IS majors who will work in the networking field. The focus emphasizes hands-on experiences by including both physical labs and simulations.

Completion of the focus prepares graduates to be competitive candidates for entry-level professional networking positions in any organization, both within the private and public sectors, immediately upon graduation. They also will be well-prepared to successfully complete networking certification exams, e.g. CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Testout Network Pro, and Testout Security Pro.The information systems major addresses information analysis, business system design and information systems management. The program curriculum emphasizes business and organizational studies as well as information systems technology. Students are prepared to enter careers in areas relating to developing, maintaining and using information in a variety of organizational settings.

Students become familiar with modern computer technology and how appropriate hardware and software are integrated into analyzing business problems. Students learn how to apply computers, software and systems techniques to solve information systems problems within organizations and provide managers with the information needed for operational and strategic decisions. The major balances theory and application to prepare students for careers in private-sector or public-sector positions such as business systems analysts, information resource managers, database and network administrators.

The undergraduate information systems curriculum consists of a lower-division (pre-professional) core, upper-division (professional) core, special requirements and information systems requirements. The pre-professional curricular requirements enable majors to acquire a common body of knowledge essential to successful completion of the professional program coursework.

Information Systems Policies & Procedures

  • A student with an intended information systems major will be classified in a preprofessional track until the student has applied to and been accepted in the information systems B.S. major.

  • Information systems majors must submit applications for admission to the Professional Program. No information systems student will be allowed to remain in 300/400 level Perdue School courses if s/he has not submitted this application.

  • Information systems requirements (3 courses) and Electives (3 courses) need to be completed with a C grade or higher.

  • Students majoring in information systems must complete all upper-division courses with a 2.0 GPA or higher and may repeat courses only once.

  • Lower division core, upper division core, major and special requirements may be repeated only once. Students desiring to repeat an SU course to improve a grade must repeat that course at SU.

  • Track courses are to be taken at SU. A maximum of 6 credit hours of comparable courses may be approved if taken at AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited schools.

  • For Additional Policies and Procedures: Please refer to the Department of Information and Decision Sciences.

ABLE Requirement

The applied business learning experience (ABLE) is normally completed during the second semester of the junior year or the first semester of the senior year and can be met through either an internship or experiential project.

Internships are normally completed off campus at a variety of businesses, government or not-for-profit organizations.

For additional information concerning ABLE program requirements, students should see the undergraduate programs coordinator.

Students who decide to pursue a second major/ concentration/track must complete a minimum of 12 hours of new credits for each additional major/concentration/track.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Perdue School Pre-Professional Core

Complete the Following:

Complete 1 of the Following:

Complete 1 of the Following:

Professional Program Admission Requirements

Complete the following for admission into the Professional Program:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher in the pre-professional core courses is required for admission into the Professional Program, including those courses taken at another institution. Additional students may be admitted by descending order of GPA (in pre-professional core courses) in numbers sufficient to maintain a quality student/faculty ratio. A GPA calculator is available to assist you online.

  • Students may repeat each business course one time only. If students exceed repeats, they will not be admissible to the Professional Program.

  • Students must have completed 56 total credit hours of college courses to be admitted into the Professional Program.

  • Turn in applications by December 1 for Winter or Spring admission and May 1 for Fall admission.

  • Complete at least 9 out of 11 Pre-Professional Courses (26 credits):

Upper Division/Professional Core (6 Courses)

* Prerequisites to MGMT 492  

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IIIA (Humanities), IIIB (Social Science), IVB (Non Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics)

Information Systems Requirements (3 Courses)

Focus Requirements (2 Courses)

Complete with C or Better:

Information Systems Electives (1 Course)

International Requirement (1 Course)

ABLE Requirement (1 Course)

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