Computer Information Systems — Information Assurance

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Prepares students for a career in the computer information systems information assurance field. As the world becomes more dependent on information technology, the security of information becomes critical. Henry Ford 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 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.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Operate a personal computer and productivity software installed on it, including Microsoft Office, file management, the Internet/Web, e-mail, and input/output/storage devices
  • Explain the importance of personal responsibility and security in a technological world, including copyright laws, netiquette, ethics, privacy issues, and security threats
  • Explain networking standards, protocols, transmission media, and hardware
  • Describe the fundamentals of information security, the various threats to business continuity, and legal, ethical and professional issues relative to Information Security
  • Develop a comprehensive security plan, including risk analysis, legal, regulatory, physical, data and personnel threats
  • Describe the role of various disciplines in Information Assurance in the development of comprehensive security measures and guidelines
  • Demonstrate proficiency in national, Michigan and Wayne County policies, threats and vulnerabilities of systems, legal elements of protection and prosecution, countermeasures, risk management, trust, organizational personnel
  • Analyze situations as to technological, policy and educational vulnerabilities and develop solutions and recommendations

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least three hours from the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

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

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.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Marrci Conner: 313-845-4021,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-162J

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
Career Opportunities: 
  • Law Enforcement
  • Secure Software Engineering
  • Language Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist