Computer Information Systems — Information Assurance

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Business and Computer Technology - (313) 845-9645 -

As the world becomes more dependent on information technology, the security of information becomes critical. Henry Ford Community College is a member of the International Cyber-Security Education Consortium, and offers an interdisciplinary program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree that emphasizes technical security, ethical conduct, legal and regulatory compliance, law enforcement and development of strategic security plans. Students complete an interdisciplinary core of study and can tailor electives to their career or transfer interest.

In April, 2006, the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Review Committee of the National Security Agency''s National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) certified that Henry Ford Community College''s Information Assurance courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals NSTISSI-4011.

Students completing coursework in Information Assurance can transfer their credits to universities or enter the job market. Elective courses allow for each student to tailor a program of study to meet their unique interests.

Career Opportunities: 

• Law Enforcement • Secure Software Engineering • Language Specialist • Network Security Specialist

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • University of Detroit Mercy

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Complete 18 credit hours from the following courses:
ARA 131, ARA 132, CIS 113, CIS 114, CIS 116, CIS 124, CIS 129, CIS 130,
CIS 157, CIS 158, CIS 170, CIS 171, CIS 212, CIS 215, CIS 220, CIS 229
CIS 230, CIS 295, CNT 110, CNT 120, CNT 210, CNT 220, CRJ 135,
CRJ 136, CRJ 234, FRE 131, FRE 132, FRE 231, FRE 232, GER 131, GER 132,
GER 231, GER 232, HPE 142, SPN 131, SPN 132, SPN 231,
SPN 232 and/or SOC 131.

Students should consult with an advisor before course selection. The 18 credit hour requirement is intended for concentration in world language, network security, software assurance or criminal justice.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.