The undergraduate degrees in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) at OLLU are certified by the National Security Agency (NSA). In addition, NSA and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized the University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. It is one of an elite group of universities nationwide to receive this designation.
The programs prepare graduates for the wide ranging field of information technology through hands-on experience with emerging technologies in the areas of:
- Computer and Network Security Foundations
- Database Management
- Information Assurance and Security
- Network Administration
- Operating Systems
- Systems Analysis and Design
CISS programs offer students three options:
- Business Focus: Emphasizes the business aspects of CISS through the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in CISS degree, which prepares students to serve in a liaison role between the Information Technology and other business functions of an organization.
- Technology Focus: For a degree focused on the technological components of CISS, students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) in CISS degree. To pursue a BAS, students must have significant prior experience.
- Educational Focus: Students can prepare for teacher certification through a Bachelor of Science in CISS-Education and teach technology applications to children in grades 7-12.
Within each of the degree plans, students may also choose an elective track that specifically suits their career goals:
- Security Track
- Web/System Administration Track
- Custom Track
Computer Information Systems and Security degree plans and course descriptions
Bachelor of Applied Studies
The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) is offered at OLLU's Rio Grande Valley campus, located in La Feria, Texas. The program, certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) is designed for IT professionals, and technical school and community college students with an associate's degree in Information Technology or Telecommunications.
Credit from your associate's degree in an IT field will be applied to the bachelor's degree, and additional credits will be completed through OLLU's weekend program. Students must have earned 18 or more credit hours in a specific CIS-related technical field prior to being enrolled at OLLU to be eligible for the BAS program.