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: Introduction to Application Development or CMPSC 101: Introduction to C++ Programming or CMPSC 121: Introduction to Programming Techniques  
    • IST 210: Organization of Data
    • SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis
    • SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime
  • 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: Introduction to Information, People and Technology
    • SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis
    • SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime
  • 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: Introduction to Information, People and Technology
    • SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis
    • SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime

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.

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