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Bachelor’s Degree in Information Security

Recent growth in the cybersecurity sector has outpaced growth in overall computer-related jobs, according to a recent report in the cybersecurity job market by career research firm Burning Glass International. In the Richmond area, demand for cybersecurity professionals grew 250% between 2007 and 2012, despite the recent recession.

Our Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) major in Information Security seeks to prepare students to be IT security specialists and decision makers in information security positions in private industry and government sectors. Check out careers available for information security professionals.

The BSPS in Information Security provides a marketable credential, backed by cutting-edge theory and real-world application, in light of the growing importance of information and data security in a globally networked society. Face-to-face, classroom-based learning experiences are valued in the program, although some classes may be offered online or as in-class/online hybrid experiences.

Minors in Emergency Management, HR Management and Paralegal Studies may be used to complement the Information Security major to prepare for specific management, government, and legal sector employment opportunities.

The BSPS requires 120 semester hours of coursework, including 30 hours for the major in Information Security. You may transfer up to 60 semester hours into the degree.

Course of Study
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS)

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

General Education

30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar and Areas of Study.

Common Seminar

6 semester hours

ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines I
ADED 302U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines II

Areas of Study

24 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
  • The Arts

General Distribution

60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Minors may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework applies toward General Distribution.

Foundation Coursework

The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.

ENGL 101U Strategic Reading and Writing
ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I
ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II
MATH 103U Finite Mathematics


30 semester hours. Select from Human Resource Management, Information Security, IT Management or Paralegal Studies.

Major in Information Security

Undergraduate Major in Information Security

The undergraduate major in Information Security is available for the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS).

Professional Core

9 semester hours

LDSP 368U Leadership in the Global Environment
HUM 300U Applied Ethics
MATH 265U Applied Statistics


10 semester hours

ISYS 302U Local Area Networks (LAN)
ISYS 303U IT Security
ISYS 491U IT Security Planning & Risk Management


11 semester hours from the following:

ISYS 306U Systems Analysis
ISYS 308U Digital Forensics
ISYS 311U Database Design
ISYS 312U Predictive Analytics
ISYS 314U Data Vizualization
ISYS 315U Big Data Analytics
ISYS 350U History of IT
ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java
ISYS 360U Electronic Commerce
ISYS 365U Cloud Computing: Infrastructure & Services
ISYS 370U Introduction to Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing
ISYS 375U IT Control and Audit
ISYS 398U Selected Topics
ISYS 399U Independent Study
ISYS 450U Project Management
ISYS 490U Managing IT
ISYS 492U Consulting and Design of Online Systems
LAW 325U Cyber Law
MGMT 342U Managing Business Processes

Contact Us

Information Systems Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133