Computer Information Systems - Information Assurance Associate in Applied Science

This program has been discontinued or temporarily suspended. Currently enrolled students may complete their program of study, but new students will not be admitted.

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Faculty Contact
Marrci Conner: 313-317-4021,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-162J

Program Description


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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. 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
  2. Explain the importance of personal responsibility and security in a technological world, including copyright laws, netiquette, ethics, privacy issues, and security threats
  3. Explain networking standards, protocols, transmission media, and hardware
  4. Describe the fundamentals of information security, the various threats to business continuity, and legal, ethical and professional issues relative to Information Security
  5. Develop a comprehensive security plan, including risk analysis, legal, regulatory, physical, data and personnel threats
  6. Describe the role of various disciplines in Information Assurance in the development of comprehensive security measures and guidelines
  7. 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
  8. Analyze situations as to technological, policy and educational vulnerabilities and develop solutions and recommendations
Career Opportunities
  • Law Enforcement
  • Secure Software Engineering
  • Language Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist

General Education

Category 7
Complete any additional General Education course.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Course name Credit Hours
CRJ-131: Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 3.00
CRJ-132: Police Administration – Staff and Line Operations 3.00
CRJ-134: Criminal Investigation 3.00
CRJ-234: Criminalistics: Criminal Investigation Laboratory Techniques 3.00
ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing 3.00
Credit Hours: 27

Students should consult with an adviser before course selection. The 6 credit hour requirement is intended for concentration in world language, networking, software engineering or criminal justice.

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.