Information Security Bachelor's Degree

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Information Security Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

Advanced Networking

This course offers an in-depth study of current networking technologies. Topics include OSI model, communication protocols, routing protocols, WAN architecture (ATM, VPN, MPLS, and hybrid networks), Wireless and QoS.

Prerequisite: Virtualization

Course ID: N312
Credits: 4

Legal and Security Issues

This course offers an overview of the legal processes involved in implementing and maintaining an E-commerce website. In addition, this course examines the security issues involved in maintaining a web or intranet/internet site and potentials for misuse.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N326
Credits: 4

Risk Management and Business Continuity

This course covers how to properly analyze risks within an IT department. Topics covered are Disaster Recovery Planning, Business Continuity Planning, and how to create Risk Analysis documents for all applications assessing their long-term viability and backup solutions. Students will also perform business impact analysis to analyze key areas that are most vulnerable when a risk-based situation has occurred. Students will develop a disaster recovery plan and learn how to process and implement each phase of the plan they have developed.

Prerequisite: IT Operations Management; Storage Management

Course ID: N412
Credits: 4

Advanced Cisco Network Security - CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is a first-level certification program for Information Technology professionals. (CCNA exams are offered after completion of the entry-level CCENT certification.) The CCNA Security Certification helps maximize your investment in foundational network security knowledge and increases confidence in the integrity of your employer's network. CCNA Security is for Network Security Specialists, Security Administrators, and Network Security Support Engineers. This course will help students prepare for the CCNA Security certification by using hands-on labs and simulations to understand network security principles by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisite: Cisco Network Routing and Switching

Course ID: N314
Credits: 4

SSCP Certification Preparation

The SSCP credential ensures that candidates continuously monitor systems to safeguard against security threats. From the course, the student will be competent in access control, cryptography, malicious code and activity, monitoring and analysis, networks and communication, risk, response and recovery, and security operations and administration.

Prerequisite: Network Security and Cryptography

Course ID: N327
Credits: 4

Security Strategies for Web Apps and Social Networking

This course addresses how the internet and web-based applications have transformed the way businesses, organizations, and people communicate. With this information came new risks, threats, and vulnerabilities for web-based applications and the people who use them. This course presents security strategies to mitigate the risk associated with web applications and social networking.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N363
Credits: 3

Auditing Information Technology Infrastructure

This course covers the principles, the approaches, and the methodology in auditing information systems to ensure the processes and the procedures are in compliance with pertinent laws and regulatory provisions especially in the context of information systems security (ISS).

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N409
Credits: 4

Access Controls, Authentication, and PKI

This course introduces the concept of access control to information systems and applications. Access, authentication, and accounting for end-users and system administrators will be covered. In addition, security controls for access control including tokens, biometrics, and use of public key infrastructures (PKI) will be covered.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N416
Credits: 4

Network Security and Cryptography

This course examines threats to computer networks, network vulnerabilities, techniques for strengthening passive defenses, tools for establishing an active network defense, and policies for enhancing forensic analysis of crimes and attacks on computer networks. Topics include private and public key cryptography, digital signatures, secret sharing, security protocols, formal methods for analyzing network security, electronic mail security, firewalls, intrusion detection, Internet privacy and public key infrastructures.

Prerequisites: Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts; Networking Fundamentals

Course ID: N420
Credits: 3

Windows Security Strategies

This course discusses security implementations for various Windows platforms and applications. Areas of study involve identifying and examining security risks, security solutions, and tools available for various Windows platforms and applications.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N423
Credits: 4

Scripting - Shell Scripting / Python / Perl

This course is designed to teach students basic scripting skills that can be used to automate administration tasks and reporting. Topics will include an introduction to programming structures like variables, decisions, loops, arguments, and functions. Students will work with examples of Shell, VB, Perl and TCL scripts and examine use cases involving Linux, Windows and Cisco IOS automation through scripting.

Prerequisite: Linux Security Strategies

Course ID: N385
Credits: 4

Computer Forensics

This course examines computer literacy and criminal investigation legal issues regarding seizure and chain of custody, and technical issues in acquiring computer evidence. Popular file systems are examined. Reporting issues in the legal system are discussed.

Prerequisite: Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: N430
Credits: 3

Linux Security Strategies

This course is an introduction to the securing of Linux platforms and applications. Areas of study include identifying and examining methods of securing Linux platforms and applications and implementing those methods.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N437
Credits: 4

Hacker Techniques, Tools, and Applications

This course is an introduction to hacking tools and incident handling. Areas of instruction include various tools and vulnerabilities of operating systems, software, and networks used by hackers to access unauthorized information. This course also addresses incident handling methods used when information security is compromised.

Prerequisites: none

Course ID: N442
Credits: 4

ISS Capstone

This course encompasses all the accumulated knowledge obtained from the entire ISS curriculum and requires the student to respond to a RFP for information systems security consulting.

Prerequisite: This course is designed to be taken at the end of the program

Course ID: N459
Credits: 3

Wireless, Mobile and Cloud Security

Wireless, mobile and cloud computing are some of the hottest technologies on the market today. Securing these emerging platforms are often an afterthought, leaving many systems vulnerable to attacks. This course will cover techniques necessary to ensure operational integrity and customer data protection.

Prerequisite: Networking Security

Course ID: N333
Credits: 3

Cloud Computing

This course offers an in-depth study of current cloud computing technologies and services. Topics include cloud networking, cloud bridging, virtualization of application delivery controllers (ADC's) and WAN optimization controllers (WOC's), data center network design considerations, and emerging technologies like Edge Virtual Bridging (EVB). Students will be required to conduct research, read case studies, and develop and propose a strategy for implementing cloud computing to address specific business needs.

Prerequisite: Virtualization

Course ID: N404
Credits: 4

Virtualization

This course offers an in-depth study of current virtualization technologies and discusses strategies and approaches for virtualization of servers, clients and applications. Topics include vSwitch, distributed virtual switching (DVS), server-side vs. client-side desktop virtualization (SBC & VDI) and virtual appliances. Students will gain hands-on experience with deploying and managing virtual systems and applications.

Prerequisite: Networking Fundamentals

Course ID: N370
Credits: 4

Lower Division

Customer Service

This course covers the basic concepts of essential communication skills needed in business to interact/work effectively with individuals and/or groups. Special areas of emphasis include solving problems, developing a customer service strategy, coping with challenging customers, increasing customer retention and surveying customer satisfaction.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: B119
Credits: 4

Introduction to Business

This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: B136
Credits: 4

Professional Communication

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B271
Credits: 4

Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

Career Development

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an in-depth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

Logic and Troubleshooting

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the process, tools, and techniques to efficiently diagnose computer hardware and software issues and failures. Through the application of logic, students will complete puzzle-solving exercises and activities that illustrate effective reasoning processes. Students will be exposed to multiple real-world scenarios in which they will troubleshoot technological problems, and apply lessons learned in order to anticipate potential failure concerns. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to evaluate actual issues, use logic to identify the variables contributing to failure, and finally determine the proper course of action to correct the failure issue(s) at hand.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: N140
Credits: 4

Networking Security

This course introduces students to general security concepts including authentication methods, cryptography basics, and common network attacks and how to safeguard against them. Students will learn to create secure communications for remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. They will understand the concepts of physical security and disaster recovery. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take the CompTIA Security+ exam.

Prerequisite: Networking Fundamentals

Course ID: N141
Credits: 3

Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I

This course will introduce students to the installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of end-user personal computer hardware (including laptops and mobile devices) and the software used to support the hardware. Additional topics covered include the relationship between computer hardware and software, computer networks and peripherals, virus
protection, disaster recovery and maintenance planning. Finally, the student will learn about and conduct the responsibilities of a professional PC technician. To reinforce the materials in this course, the instructor will assign direct hands-on projects to be performed in a physical or remote lab setting. This course helps prepare students to take both parts of the A+ certification exams. Each student will assemble a computer using prescribed parts and materials.

Prerequisite: Logic and Troubleshooting

Course ID: N146
Credits: 3

Fundamentals of Hardware and Software II

This course is a continuation of Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I, which prepared students for the CompTIA A+ 801 exam. This course will prepare students for the CompTIA A+ 220-802 exam, focusing on operating systems, security, mobile devices, and troubleshooting. Using the Windows operating system, students will learn how to set up networking, printers, tablets, file sharing, and troubleshoot problems related to the same. Operating system security and methods to prevent intrusion will be discussed. Concepts of virtualization, desktop imaging,and deployment will be introduced.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I

Course ID: N147
Credits: 3

Introduction to Networks

This course introduces the foundation to understanding computer networks, including structure and function, components, and models of Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), and the Internet. Students will learn the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts like IP addressing, protocols, hardware, and network topologies. Students will learn basic configuration of network devices and apply basic troubleshooting techniques. A variety of hands-on activities and simulations will be used. This course introduces some of the concepts overed in the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification exam. CCENT education continues in the N201 Cisco Routing and Switching course.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I

Course ID: N171
Credits: 3

Systems Analysis

This course covers analysis of information systems including networks, server environments, business solutions, and databases. Students will be exposed to different projects that have complex systems and be asked to create analysis documents and diagrams. Improving the efficiency of the systems will be a primary goal of this course.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks

Course ID: N200
Credits: 3

Microsoft Windows Server

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure Windows Servers and perform post-installation and day-to-day administrative tasks. The course gives the student the background needed to provide technical support for Windows Servers. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the material covered. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N228
Credits: 3

Information Technology Capstone

This course summarizes key learning throughout the student's program. Students apply what they've learned by solving a real-world programming problem. This problem-solving exercise encompasses timelines, deadlines, team-building, and communication issues.

Prerequisite: This course is intended to be completed in last quarter of diploma

Course ID: N290
Credits: 2

Programming Fundamentals

Students will work with the Java programming language to learn about Java bytecode programs and how they are executed within a Java virtual machine. Students will study class libraries and gain an understanding of how they perform important computing tasks, how they interact with computer hardware and operating systems, and how they handle deficiencies encountered on computing platforms. Concepts such as Graphical User Interfaces, multimedia development, and web programming will be explored as well as the use of Java programming in the development of applications for mobile devices.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: W107
Credits: 3

Choose a Track

Computer Information Technology**

Microsoft Windows Workstations

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure a Windows Workstation. The course gives the student the ability to provide technical support to a Windows Workstation. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N127
Credits: 3

Helpdesk Support

This course covers material used by helpdesk engineers to troubleshoot and solve user problems. Dealing with the user, identifying the problem, and fixing the problem will be discussed. Software concerning trouble tickets and tracking progress will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Professional Communication

Course ID: N149
Credits: 3

Mac Integration

The purpose of the Mac Integration course is to give students an entry-level perspective to supporting and configuring the Mac OSX operating system. Students will learn how to integrate a Mac client into a Windows network and connect a Mac Client to services such as Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange. Also covered is basic user configuration. This course maps to the Mac Integration Basics Certification Exam.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N156
Credits: 3

Software Packaging and Deployment

The goal of this course is to provide students an understanding of how to rapidly deploy applications and operating environments. Students will utilize various methods of application deployment through creating automated installs and application and operating systems images. Students will successfully package and deploy applications and operating systems via these methods in a virtual and stand-alone environment.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N233
Credits: 3

Mobile Support Principles

The Mobile Support Principles course covers the challenge of supporting mobile devices within a business. Topics covered are how to install custom software applications on various mobile operating systems as well as deploying standard operating images across multiple mobile devices. Additional time is spent on configuration of various mail clients, network configuration and general device troubleshooting.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks

Course ID: N259
Credits: 3

General**

Microsoft Access

This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Access. Students will be introduced to database management features ranging from the creation and modification of databases to maintaining data integrity. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Access portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.

Prerequisite: Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: D250
Credits: 3

Microsoft Windows Workstations

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure a Windows Workstation. The course gives the student the ability to provide technical support to a Windows Workstation. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N127
Credits: 3

Helpdesk Support

This course covers material used by helpdesk engineers to troubleshoot and solve user problems. Dealing with the user, identifying the problem, and fixing the problem will be discussed. Software concerning trouble tickets and tracking progress will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Professional Communication

Course ID: N149
Credits: 3

Linux Administration

This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3

Introduction to HTML

This course will introduce students to the basics of HTML. Students will learn the latest in HTML, conforming to XML and XHTML coding standards. The course is a step-by-step approach for learning how to create, format, and enhance a webpage using HTML.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: W118
Credits: 3

Network Administration

Cisco Network Routing and Switching

This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks; Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N201
Credits: 3

Linux Administration

This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3

Windows Scripting

This course is designed to teach students basic scripting skills that can be used to automate administrative tasks and reporting. Topics will include an introduction to programming structures like variables, decisions, loops, arguments, and functions. Students will create Microsoft Windows-based scripts using technologies such as VBScript, PowerShell and take advantage of additional features in windows components such as WMI and ADSI.

Prerequisite: Windows Active Directory

Course ID: N211
Credits: 3

Windows Active Directory

The course will teach the concepts of utilizing Microsoft Windows Active Directory. Students will learn to install, set up, configure, utilize, maintain and trouble shoot Windows Active Directory. To reinforce the material in this course the instructor will assign direct hands on projects to be performed in a lab setting. Further, this course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N226
Credits: 3

SQL Server Administration

The goal of this course is to prepare individuals to work with and administer SQL Server. Students will learn how to install and maintain SQL Server and also how to use various tools helpful in creating backups, promoting security, and to enhance availability and performance of the database.

Prerequisite: Relational Databases

Course ID: N274
Credits: 3

Network Security

Cisco Network Routing and Switching

This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks; Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N201
Credits: 3

Linux Administration

This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3

Mobile and Mac OS Security

This course gives students an alternative perspective on securing multiple mobile operating systems. Students will learn how to apply security principles to Android, iOS, and Mac operating systems. They will learn how hackers penetrate these systems and how to properly secure each environment. Students will learn about aspects of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and understand what additional security measures need to be implemented to secure devices that are utilizing public networks.

Prerequisite: Networking Security

Course ID: N221
Credits: 3

Fundamentals of Ethical Hacking

This course will show students the opposing side to network security. Students will gain insight into the hacking mindset as well as learn how to directly apply ethical principles to the work they perform on a day-to-day basis. Students of this course will learn how to utilize various tools commonly used in network security as well as hacking. The end result of this course is to give the student a stronger perspective on how to utilize tools to better test and secure networks against threats.

Prerequisite: Networking Security

Course ID: N230
Credits: 3

Managing Information Security

Information security is not only an IT, but a management issue. Therefore, this course introduces students to a detailed examination of the systems-wide perspective of information security. They begin with the strategic planning process for security, which includes an examination of the policies, procedures and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in an organization. Course subjects include security practices, security architecture and models, continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.

Prerequisite: Networking Security

Course ID: N253
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Select 1 course)

Advanced Composition

This advanced writing course is intended to help students further develop and refine their writing, researching, and analytical skills, through the application of these skills to various rhetorical situations. To achieve these goals, students will be expected to develop their ability to present their views in an organized, unified, and coherent manner to diverse audiences.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G324
Credits: 4

Visual Communication in the Media

This course examines how people understand their world through visual images. Students will examine how people visually gather, process, and interpret information presented through media sources.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G332
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

American Literature

This course surveys authors, genres, and movements in American literature from 1865 to the present, including representative works of Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Post- Modernism/Post-Structuralism. Students will engage in critical readings of exemplary literary texts from a diverse group of authors that have influenced American literature since the Civil War. Students will analyze how these works of literature exemplify particular historical moments in U.S. history, as well as how they communicate pertinent cultural issues such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual identity, community, region, and nation. In their study of the broad range of American fiction, poetry, and drama since 1865, students will analyze literary, aesthetic, and critical developments.

Prerequisites: English Composition; Introduction to Literature

Course ID: G330
Credits: 4

Contemporary World Literature: 1900 to the Present

This course explores how authors from around the world have engaged with important themes and historical events throughout the twentieth century. In studying these texts, students will examine the interplay of fiction and history, the varieties of literary style, and the qualities that link as well as distinguish works from different cultures. Students will respond to texts critically in discussion and essays, as well as research critical evaluations of literary topics, authors, etc.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G335
Credits: 4

Literature of American Minorities

This course introduces students to a variety of texts by American minority authors from the mid- 19th century to the present. The central focus of this course will be on literary responses to social marginalization based on race/ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexuality/sexual orientation, ability, and other factors. Students will study the effects of exclusionary and oppressive practices, both historical and present day, on writers' perceptions and literary representations of their times, contexts, and identity. Students will also be introduced to samples of the most common critical-theoretical approaches to the primary texts they will study in this class

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G435
Credits: 4

Political Thought

The aim of this course is to understand and appreciate some important authors and traditions of political thought. The course will cover such topics as authority, consent, freedom, and obligation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G440
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course)

Human Uses of the Environment

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the integrated relationship between human life and the surrounding environment, beginning with a study of the fundamental concepts and principles of ecology. Topics that are interwoven throughout the course include principles of ecology as seen in the structure and function of the ecosystem; pollution of air, soil and water resources; population explosion and the relationship of people, disease, and food production; and environmental controls necessary for survival.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G328
Credits: 4

Physical Geography

This course presents a study of the development and distribution of landforms, climates, minerals, soils and water resources. Interrelationships between the physical environment and regional patterns formed by these elements are analyzed against man's utilization of them.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G346
Credits: 4

Conservation of Resources

The purpose of this course is to provide students with important principles of ecology and resource management. Emphasis will be on local, national, and global environment problems and possible solutions to these problems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G350
Credits: 4

Gender in Math and Science

This course examines the personal and collective educational experiences, career paths, and discoveries of female researchers, teachers, and practitioners in the fields of mathematics and science.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G434
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

American Religious History

"A survey of the contribution of religion to American culture, including the differences between rural and urban society, the development of religious freedom and the rise of a ""secular religion."" Examines the emergence of new forms of belief and practice and the variety of religious issues confronting American society today."

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G333
Credits: 4

Visions of America Since 1945

Since the end of World War II, popular culture has become an especially significant aspect of American history and an important element in many of our lives. Consequently, this course will explore the ways in which popular culture has represented and mediated conflicts and tensions post-World War II. Through this lens, issues of gender and family relationships, as well as class and racial politics, will be discussed. The dual role of television as a reflective and manipulative force in the new suburban family and the role Hollywood films played in the popular culture will be examined.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G380
Credits: 4

Comparative Politics

This course will introduce students to the field of comparative politics by examining classification of political systems according to institutional and developmental characteristics. Causes and costs of political stability and instability will be explored. Comparison will be made between contemporary political institutions and processes in various countries.

Prerequisite: American/U.S. National Government

Course ID: G401
Credits: 4

Work and Family

This course focuses on the overlapping worlds of work and family. It examines both the nature of the links that exist between the two major social institutions as well as the issues and problems that result from the combination of individuals' work and family responsibilities. An emphasis is placed on female labor force participation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G425
Credits: 4

Lower Division

English Composition (Required course)

English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 Course)

English Composition 2

This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G126A
Credits: 4

Introduction to Communication

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G141
Credits: 4

Oral Communication

This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G227
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 Courses)

Humanities

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G125
Credits: 4

Film Appreciation

Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G145
Credits: 4

Art Appreciation

Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G147
Credits: 4

Creative Writing

This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G201
Credits: 4

Introduction to Critical Thinking

A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G224
Credits: 4

Introduction to Literature

This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite: none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4

Conversational Spanish

This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (*Required, Select 1 additional course)

College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233*
Credits: 4

Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

Scientific Literacy

In this course students will explore the role that science plays in the world. Students will survey different natural sciences such as: biology, health sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology; as well as analyze specific case studies from these fields. Throughout the course students will develop their scientific reasoning skills. They will learn about the scientific method as well as how to detect common fallacies and misuses of science.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G152
Credits: 4

General Education Mathematics

This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G180
Credits: 4

Introduction to Human Biology

Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem. Students will complete laboratory exercise coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G215
Credits: 4

College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4

Introduction to Astronomy

Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation, and the origin and evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G239
Credits: 4

Introduction to Geology

Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G245
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 Courses)

Principles of Economics

Introduction to national income theories, price theories and behavior of the firm under varying economic conditions. Includes the economic roles of business, government and households; economic fluctuations and growth; money and banking; and international economics.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G123
Credits: 4

Introduction to Sociology

This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G142
Credits: 4

Human Geography

This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G146
Credits: 4

General Psychology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G148
Credits: 4

Technology and Society

Students will examine the relationships, benefits, historical significance, and effects technology has on society. This course will investigate the local, national and global impact of technology on both individual and global cultures. This course introduces students to basic diversity and technology terms and concepts. Students will examine the influences that emerging technologies have on diversity awareness, the digital divide, and intercultural knowledge.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G149
Credits: 4

Understanding Cultures

This course is a comparative study of societies and cultures around the world and the cultures within the United States, focusing on the effects of ethnicity and race on African Americans, Latino, Asian American and Native Americans living in the United States. Topics include family, marriage, power, religion, values, inequality, social organization, language, social stratification, economic processes, conflicts and cultural and social change over time. Examples will be drawn from Africa, South America, North America, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G200
Credits: 4

Macroeconomics

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of macroeconomics, which deals with the economy as a whole. An overview of the American economy will be explored through a study of basic supply and demand analysis and a review of fiscal and monetary policy to phases of the business cycle. Unemployment, inflation, GDP, and policy decisions which affect the American economy at home and abroad will be covered.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G203
Credits: 4

Microeconomics

Students will be introduced to the field of microeconomics in this course, including theories of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries. Other topics may include industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G204
Credits: 4

American/U.S. National Government

This course presents the development and evolution of the American national government with emphasis on the structures and processes of our representative democracy, including its ties to culture, politics and policies, political parties, and state and local governments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G242
Credits: 4

United States History: 1900 to the Present

This course provides an overview of the history of the United States during the 20th century up until the present day. The political, social, and economic aspects of this time will be explored amid a variety of human cultures, values, and perspectives within the United States.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G270
Credits: 4

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits

Lower Level General Education Credits: 32

Upper Level General Education Credits: 24

Lower Level Major and Core Credits: 59

Upper Level Major and Core Credits: 67

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits: 182*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

**NOTE: N208 Linux Administration and N201 Cisco Routing and Switching are prerequisite to courses contained in the Information Security BS degree program. Students that continue into the Information Security BS degre program must complete N208 prior to taking N437 Linux Security Strategies and must complete N201 prior to taking N314 Advance Cisco Network Security - CCNA.

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