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Undergraduate Online Program:
Border Security (B.B.S.)

  • Introduction

    The Bachelor of Border Security (B.B.S.) is meant to increase students’ awareness and understanding of current issues in border security within the wider realm of homeland security. Courses will increase your critical thinking and analytical skills across the diverse fields of homeland security, criminal justice, emergency management and associated legal issues. 

    This program is designed for students who have completed their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). Other students who do not have a degree from the CCAF will follow the B.S.S. in Border and Homeland Security degree plan.

    Degrees in the AU-ABC program allow students to transfer all 64 credit hours of their A.A.S. from CCAF into the course requirements. Students are only required to complete 60 additional credit hours at ASU to complete the B.B.S. degree.

  • Applying
    1. Complete and submit the Undergraduate Admission Application and pay the $35 application fee online.

    Note: If you pay the $35 fee before you submit your application through the website, you will not have to mail in your payment or make a payment in person. Students are advised to pay their application fee through Apply Texas before they submit their application.

    When applying online through ApplyTexas, you will need to fill out your profile information first:

        • Under My Applications, select “Create a New Application Now.” 
        • Click on “Create a New 4-Year University Admissions Application.”  
        • Select Angelo State University as your Target University.
        • Under Application Type, select “Transfer, U.S.”
        • Choose the semester that you want to start.
        • Under First School Choice, select “AU-ABC program.” You can leave the second school choice blank.
    1. Mail official transcripts from all colleges attended to the Admissions Office. Transcripts should be mailed to:

    Angelo State University
    Office of Admissions
    ASU Station #11014
    San Angelo, TX 76909-1014

    For more information regarding admission procedures, please visit the ASU Office of Admissions website.

    Once admitted, please follow the steps for admitted students to set up your access accounts, sign up for courses, apply for financial aid, etc.

  • Degree Plan
    Academic Major
    Courses Hours
    Border Security 3101, 3307, 3340, 4351, 4354, 4389 16
    Border Security (advanced) 15
    Major Support Courses
    Courses Hours
    Cultural Competence 2323 3
    Mathematics 1332, 1342 3
    Core Curriculum
    Courses Hours
    Core Curriculum. Students should be aware that some majors specify particular courses to meet core-curriculum requirements when options are available. 42
    Courses Hours
    Electives 51
  • Courses
    • BOR 4389 Seminar in Homeland and Border Security (3-0). This capstone course ties together the wide-ranging issues associated in the discipline of Homeland Security, focusing students in conducting research into issues associated with securing the nation’s borders from a variety of transnational threats in a dynamic environment.
      Prerequisite: Senior status.

    • BOR 4354 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice Agencies (3-0). The study of theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values, and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice. Included will be such topics as police corruption, brutality, and methods of dealing with such practices, as well as the concept of profession and professional conduct. This course is for Border Security majors and minors only. (Credit may not be earned for this course and for Criminal Justice 4354.)
      Prerequisite: Senior status.

    • BOR 4351 Critical Infrastructure Protection (3-0). The evolution and prin­ciples of critical infrastructure, in both the private and public sectors, vital to their community, state, or the nation are identified. Risk assessments are performed and students address risk mitigation plans and appropri­ate countermeasures to a variety of threats from an all-hazards perspec­tive. Includes instruction in homeland security policy, critical infrastructure policy, threat assessment, physical security, personnel security, operational security, contingency planning, case analyses of specific industries and systems, redundancy planning, emergency and disaster planning, security systems, and intelligence operations.

    • BOR 3340 Legal Issues in International Relations (3-0). Students receive an in-depth overview of laws, policy, strategy, organization, and plans for deal­ing with various natural, accidental and premeditated threats to homeland security. Students review the respective and relative roles and responsibili­ties of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens for U.S. national security. Students discuss various policy and strat­egy issues, including balancing security and civil liberties and information sharing and protection and the USA Patriot Act. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 3340.)

    • BOR 3307 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3-0). This course introduces stu­dents to the wide range of modern communications technologies. Use of these technologies by government and business entities for intelligence gathering, their limitations, and vulnerabilities are introduced to students. An overview of the history of computer hacking is covered. Additionally, a brief overview of law and policy concerning cyber communications are discussed beginning with the National Security Act of 1947. 

    • BOR 3101 Introduction to Homeland Security (1-0). Students focus on a com­prehensive, up-to-date overview of homeland security from an all-hazards perspective. They examine threats to homeland security, including natu­ral and technological disasters, as well as intentional threats of domestic and international terrorism, including weapons of mass destruction. The processes whereby strategic intelligence is gathered and disseminated are analyzed and accompanied with practical assignments where students gather and assess open-source and subscription open-source intelligence on one topic of their choice. This project is presented along with analysis and recommendations within a class portfolio context. Students review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government orga­nizations, and individual citizens in homeland security. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3301.)

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