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Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) (Honours)
Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) (Honours)

Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) (Honours)

  • ID:SC010067
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • ​English, Grade 12


  • Any Grade 12 science or Grade 12 Computer Science or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology
  • Any Grade 12 mathematics
  • Three other Grade 12 credits
  • Minimum 65% overall average


  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% overall average

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 88 (21L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 570 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 88 (21L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.9

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6.5 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 60 – Overall Minimum Score (57L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English: First), 176 – Cambridge English Scale or FCE A

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 – Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency), 200 – Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 75%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.5 – Listening Band 4.5 – Reading Combined Band CLB 8 - Writing

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

  • Sheridan is pleased to provide an Entrance Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program.

Course Information

The explosion of Internet traffic has created enormous demand for information systems security professionals.

Get a head start on your career

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) program provides outstanding preparation for a rewarding career in this rapidly growing field. Our one-of-a-kind degree program has a stellar reputation among employers. With a Sheridan Information Systems Security degree, you'll be prepared to join this exciting profession – and to get ahead in it.

Gain practical experience

This degree program includes an internship (up to 28 weeks long) in the form of a field placement in a real-world workplace.

A curriculum for the real world

You'll advance from fundamental computer science principles to more specialized courses covering all aspects of information systems security, including:

  • Computer security

  • IS Intrusion detection and prevention

  • Network security

  • Ethical hacking

  • Database security

Additional information

Sheridan's Information Systems Security degree program includes an internship of up to 28 weeks between Years 3 and 4. You'll acquire workplace skills and professional contacts while gaining real-world information systems security experience.

The classroom environment simulates workplace conditions via mobile computing. You'll work on a laptop and enjoy online access to lecture notes, assignments, and other subject material at all times, from any location. Students use mobile computing to collaborate on group projects, conduct web-based research and visit chat rooms.

Transfer students may be eligible to enter Year 2 or Year 3 of this program.

Honours Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (BAISc) Information Systems Security degree courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Manage the security lifecycle of computer systems, databases and networks, which includes analysis, design and maintenance.

  • Develop, secure and maintain computer systems and networks to meet user requirements.

  • Use computer architecture and operating systems design principles, and theory of algorithms and data structures in security related projects.

  • Create secure software applications using object-oriented, structured, scripting and low-level programming techniques and software engineering methodologies, which pertain to development, testing and documentation activities.

  • Perform code analysis and testing for security weaknesses.

  • Apply security and threat analysis and auditing procedures and perform security vulnerability assessments.

  • Solve information systems security problems through the development and implementation of security policies and techniques.

  • Implement formal information systems security protocols and methodologies.

  • Evaluate the strength and quality of cryptographic components using cryptographic algorithms and techniques.

  • Perform digital forensics analysis and collect electronic evidence respecting all best practices in the field including proper maintenance of the chain of evidence for investigation purposes.

  • Perform network intrusion detection and penetration testing using software tools that integrate to create an Intrusion Detection System (IDS).

  • Demonstrate professionalism and the highest ethical standards and criteria in their professional practice.

  • Reframe information, ideas, and concepts using narrative, visual, numerical and symbolic representations.

  • Communicate effectively in a format appropriate to the needs of diverse audiences and subject matter.

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Semester 1


  • INFO10111, Systems Loss Prevention Methodologies, 3

  • PROG12974, Intro to Programming, 6

  • MATH14998, Computer Math 1, 4

  • TELE16048, Intro to Communication Networks, 3

  • SYST18713, Intro to Unix Operating Systems, 3

  • ENGL17889GD, Composition and Rhetoric, 3

  • TOTAL:, 22

Semester 2


  • INFO16529, Security Threats and Risk Assessment, 3

  • PROG23199, Object-Oriented Programming 1, 4

  • MATH24178, Computer Math 2, 4

  • DBAS14444, Structured Database Modelling, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 20

Semester 3


  • PROG36859, Object-Oriented Programming 2, 6

  • MATH26367, Statistical Methods, 3

  • PROG20025, Algorithm Development and Data Structures, 4

  • DBAS17370, Database Implementations and Management, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 19

Semester 4


  • INFO37721, Information Systems Forensics and Investigation, 3

  • PROG43431 , Multi-Tier Programming, 4

  • SYST27198, CPU Architecture & Assembly Programming Language, 4

  • TELE29599, Internetworking, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 20

Semester 5


  • INFO39207, Adv. Info. Systems Forensics & Elec. Discovery, 3

  • SYST45713, Software Engineering, 4

  • TELE30004, Network & Distributed Systems Security, 3

  • SYST44288, Operating Systems Design & UNIX Systems Prog., 4

  • DBAS35738, Database Security, 4

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 6


  • INFO33921, Intro to Cryptology, 4

  • PROG38263, Secure Software Development, 4

  • INFO30004, Information Systems Security Auditing, 4

  • INFO40025, Information Age Ethics, 3

  • INFO46206, Information Systems Intrusion Detection & Prevention, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • COWT10023 , Cooperative Education Forum,

  • TOTAL:, 21

  • 28 Weeks Paid Internship, ,

Semester 7


  • INFO43921, Malicious Code: Design and Defense, 4

  • MATH36206 , Advanced Cryptology, 4

  • SYST44998, Wireless Security, 3

  • INFO36206 , ISS Graduation Project (Phase 1), 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 20

Semester 8


  • INFO47721, Computer Security, 4

  • INFO40051, Advanced Topics in Information Security, 3

  • INFO49402, ISS Graduation Project (Phase 2), 6

  • INFO40587, Ethical Hacking, 4

  • , Breadth Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 20

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Demand for professionals who hold an information systems security degree has more than doubled since 2000.

Recent graduates have moved into the following careers:

  • Cyber Security Consultant

  • Digital Forensics and E-discovery Professional

  • Identity Management Expert

  • Information Technology Risk Analyst

  • IS Security Analyst

  • IS Security Consultant

  • IS Security Vulnerability Researcher

  • Network Security Engineer

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Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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