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Information Security Systems Minor

The information security systems minor is designed to provide students with a foundation related to the principles of information security.

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Program Overview

The information security systems (ISS) minor, offered by the School of Computing and the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies, is open to all students. This minor is designed to provide you with a foundation related to the principles of information security in a theoretical and practical application related to how a comprehensive information security program will contribute to protecting organizational information assets.

Why Study Information Security Systems at Grand Valley?

  • By choosing this minor, students can further tailor their degrees to fit their individual interests and career goals related to systems security.
  • Expert faculty members with experience in the industry, and competent advisors are available to all students.
  • State-of-the-art computer labs for hands-on experience.
  • Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and industry experience.

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Location & Format

Students in this program study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The ISS minor requires 24 to 26 credit hours. Only 12 credits maximum may apply to both the criminal justice major and ISS minor. Required:

  • CJ 315 - Principles of Security
  • CJ 464 - Security Management

Select one course from each of the six groupings.

Group 1:

  • CJ 201 - Criminology
  • CJ 302 - Criminal Law

Group 2:

  • CJ 311 - Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 408 - White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Group 3:

  • CIS 160 - Programming with Visual Basic
  • CIS 162 - Computer Science I
  • CIS 163 - Computer Science II

Group Four:

  • CIS 233 - Concepts of Database Systems
  • CIS 333 - Database Management and Implementation
  • CIS 358 - Information Assurance

Group Five:

  • CIS 237 - Introduction to Network Management
  • CIS 337 - Network Systems Management
  • CIS 457 - Data Communications

Group Six:

  • CIS 430 - Computer and Cyber Forensics
  • CIS 458 - System Security


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