Embry-Riddle Prescott adds new degree programs

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will launch three new degree programs in the spring of 2013: Astronomy, Cyber Intelligence and Security, and Software Engineering with an emphasis in Cybersecurity.

“The new programs reflect our commitment to expanding the diversity of our programs and focusing on our commitment and vision to providing quality education,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Prescott Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. “We are especially pleased to offer two cybersecurity-specific programs that directly focus on a vital national security need.”

B.S. in Astronomy: This degree program leverages the experience of world-class faculty astronomers, and offers undergraduate students unlimited access to an on-campus optical observatory and radiotelescope array. The opportunity to study astronomy in the clear night sky of the Northern Arizona mountains, home of many of the nation’s best astronomical observatories, is a highlight of the program.

“This program is a testament to our focus on creating capable astronomers and researchers,”said Dr. Archie Dickey, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The growing demand for physicists, mathematicians and research analysts in the industry has enabled the university to broaden our educational programs and meet those demands.”

B.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security: This degree program enhances Embry-Riddle’sĀ  Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree programs. Students will conduct hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art cybersecurity laboratory, learning how to protect vital national and corporate cyber resources. The program’s multi-track management approach offers tactical strategies, policies and counter-operational plans to collect, analyze and protect military intelligence and personnel threats in a global environment.

“Cybersecurity is in every aspect of our daily lives,” said Dr. Richard Bloom, Associate Vice President for Academics.”Graduates of this program will be fully capable of protecting public and military personnel based on the state-of-the-art tools and technologies used in this program.”

B.S. in Software Engineering with emphasis in Cybersecurity: This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers developing and modifying large-scale software specializing in strengthening network security. Designing and building computer systems resistant to cyber attacks will be at the core of this program, which builds on the success of the university’s award-winning engineering tracks.

For more information: Prescott.ERAU.edu or 800-888-ERAU [3728].




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