Requirements, Plans, and Forms - B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis

Options within the Major

Within the Security and Risk Analysis major, students must select from one of two options to further focus their studies:

This option focuses on developing a more thorough knowledge of the strategic and tactical levels of intelligence collection, analysis, and decision-making. This includes examining the foundations of decision analysis, economic theory, statistics, data mining, and knowledge management, as well as the security-specific contexts in which such knowledge is applied.

This option includes a set of courses that provides an understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with network security, cyber threat defense, information warfare, and critical infrastructure protection across multiple venues.

Note that as of fall 2018, this option is no longer available to incoming students at University Park. Students interested in this option should meet with an IST academic adviser to consider the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations major or to explore the Penn State campuses that continue to offer this option.

Entrance to Major Requirements

To enter the Security and Risk Analysis major, students must meet the entrance to major requirements below based on the semester that they entered the University. Once all entrance to major requirements have been met, learn how to declare your major.

  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earned between 40-70 cumulative credits at Penn State (excludes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 140 or CMPSC 101 or CMPSC 121
    • IST 210
    • SRA 111
    • SRA 211
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Earned between 40-70 cumulative credits at Penn State (excludes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • SRA 111
    • SRA 211
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 29.1 total cumulative credits (includes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • SRA 111
    • SRA 211

Suggested Academic Plans

Suggested Academic Plans are based on a student’s semester of entry to Penn State and serve as a guide when scheduling courses. Students should work with their academic adviser and run “Academic Requirements” and “What If” reports in LionPATH to ensure that they are staying on track for graduation.

Support of Option Courses

Support of option courses are meant to help students acquire knowledge in an application domain and to help them develop supplemental knowledge and competencies related to their chosen option. It is recommended that students choose courses in consultation with an academic adviser or faculty member.

The goal of support of option coursework is to add value to the degree and educational experience by taking courses around a cohesive theme. Areas of focus could include business, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, art, telecommunications, geographic information systems, government, or anywhere else information technology is used.

  • Select nine credits if you were admitted to Penn State in spring 2018 or before
    • No more than six credits can be at the 200 level or below
    • Three credits or more must be at the 400 level
  • Select 15 credits if you were admitted to Penn State in summer 2018 or later
    • No more than 12 credits can be at the 200 level or below
    • Three credits or more must be at the 400 level
  • Not all courses are offered every semester
  • Courses with a single asterisk (*) have required prerequisites
  • Courses with a double asterisk (**) indicate that the course cannot be used to satisfy the Support of Option requirement if they are taken to satisfy the SRA major requirement for GEOG/PL SC and PSYCH/SOC
  • In addition to the courses below, students can take any of the following courses as Support of Option:
    • Any 400-level SRA course not already being used as a major requirement
    • Any 400-level PL SC course
    • Any 400-level PSYCH course

Crime/Criminology
CRIM/CRIMJ/SOC 12
CRIM 113
PSYCH 100**
PSYCH 221*
PSYCH 270*

Cybersecurity
CYBER 100
CYBER 262*
CYBER 362*
CYBER 366*
CYBER 440*

e-Commerce
ACCTG 211*
COMM 490*

Enterprise Technology Integration
ETI 300W*
ETI 435*
ETI 461*
ETI 463*

Information Sciences and Technology
IST 220
IST 230*
IST 240*
IST 242*
IST 256*
IST 261*
IST 301*
IST 302*
IST 311*
IST 331*
IST 361*
IST 389*
IST 402*
IST 411*
IST 412*
IST 413*
IST 420*
IST 421*
IST 423*
IST 451*
IST 453*
IST 454*
IST 456*

International Relations/Political Science
HIST 20
HIST 21
HIST 452*
PL SC 1**
PL SC 2*
PL SC 14**

Middle Eastern Studies
ANTH 9
ANTH 9N
HIST 165
HIST/J ST 181
HIST 473
J ST 118

Military Studies
AIR 151
AIR 152
AIR 251
AIR 252
AIR 351
AIR 352
AIR 451
AIR 452
ARMY 101
ARMY 102
ARMY 203
ARMY 204
ARMY 301
ARMY 302
ARMY 401
ARMY 402
ARMY 496
NAVSC 101
NAVSC 102
NAVSC 103
NAVSC 201
NAVSC 202
NAVSC 204
NAVSC 301
NAVSC 302
NAVSC 311
NAVSC 313
NAVSC 322
NAVSC 401
NAVSC 402
NAVSC 411

  • Select nine credits if you were admitted to Penn State in spring 2018 or before
    • No more than six credits can be at the 200 level or below
    • Three credits or more must be at the 400 level
  • Select 12 credits if you were admitted to Penn State in summer 2018 or later
    • No more than nine credits can be at the 200 level or below
    • Three credits or more must be at the 400 level
  • Not all courses are offered every semester
  • Courses with a single asterisk (*) have required prerequisites
  • Courses with a double asterisk (**) indicate that the course cannot be used to satisfy the Support of Option requirement if they are taken to satisfy the SRA major requirement for GEOG/PL SC and PSYCH/SOC
  • In addition to the courses below, students can take any of the following as Support of Option:
    • Any 400-level SRA course not already being used as a major requirement
    • Any 400-level PL SC course
    • Any 400-level PSYCH course
    • Any language sequence 1, 2, 3 if Foreign Language is not a requirement of your major (this is
    • for students that are in the Summer 2018 plan requirement term or later).
    • Any 400-level language for the 400-level Support of Option requirement

Business
ACCTG 211*
ACCTG 403W*
ACCTG 432*
ACCTG 471*
ACCTG 472*
ACCTG 473*
ACCTG 483*
BA 321*
BA 421*
MGMT 100
MGMT 301*
MGMT 326*
MIS 204
MIS 390*
MKTG 301*
MKTG 480*

Communications
AMST 106
AMST 106N/COMM 100N
COMM 100
COMM 110
COMM 180
COMM 208N*
COMM 370*
COMM 401
COMM/STS 408*
COMM 411*
COMM 479*
COMM 484*
COMM 489
COMM 489W*
COMM 490*

Crime/Criminology
ANTH/JST/PLSC/SOC 60
ANTH/JST/PLSC/SOC 60N
BBH 203
BBH 260
CRIM 012/SOC 12
CRIM 406*
CRIM 412*
CRIM 425*
CRIM/CRIMJ 100
CRIM/CRIMJ/SOC 406*
CRIM/CRIMJ/SOC 413*
CRIMJ/PLCS 439*
CRIMJ 455*
CRIMJ 462*
CRIMJ 465*
CRIMJ/HIST 469*
PSYCH 100**
PSYCH 221*
PSYCH 256*
PSYCH 260
PSYCH 270*
SOC 1
SOC 119
SOC 119N
SOC 208N*
SOC 405*
SOC 409*
SOC 416*
SOC 419*
SOC 422*
SOC 423*
SOC 424*
SOC 440*
SOC 457*
SOC 461*
SOC/CRIM/CRIMJ 467*
SOC 470*

Cybersecurity
CYBER 100
CYBER 262*
CYBER 362*
CYBER 366*
CYBER 440*

Economics
ECON 102
ECON 104
ECON 302*
ECON 304*
ECON 470*
ECON 474*

Enterprise Technology Integration
ETI 300W*
ETI 435*
ETI 461*
ETI 463*

Ethics
PHIL 10
PHIL 103*
PHIL 105
PHIL 119
PHIL 12
PHIL 125
PHIL/STS 407*
PHIL 418*
PHIL/STS 233
PHIL/STS 233Z

Geography
GEOG 10
GEOG 123
GEOG 160
GEOG 210
GEOG 260
GEOG 361*
GEOG 362*
GEOG 363*

Global Security
PLSC 3
PL SC 7
PL SC 7N
PL SC 14**
PLSC 17
PLSC 17N
PLSC 140

IST/SRA
IST 230*
IST 240*
IST 242*
IST 256*
IST 261*
IST 301*
IST 302*
IST 311*
IST 331*
IST 361*
IST 389*
IST 402*
IST 411*
IST 412*
IST 413*
IST 420*
IST 421*
IST 423*
IST 442*
IST 452*
IST 453*
SRA 268*

Military Studies
AIR 151
AIR 152
AIR 251
AIR 252
AIR 351
AIR 352
AIR 451
AIR 452
ARMY 101
ARMY 102
ARMY 203
ARMY 204
ARMY 301
ARMY 302
ARMY 401
ARMY 402
ARMY 496
NAVSC 101
NAVSC 102
NAVSC 103
NAVSC 201
NAVSC 202
NAVSC 204
NAVSC 301
NAVSC 302
NAVSC 311
NAVSC 313
NAVSC 322
NAVSC 401
NAVSC 402
NAVSC 411

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