The bachelor of science in digital forensics (BSDF) is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for a professional career in the field of digital forensics and cyber security. The focus of the program is an understanding of the procedures and processes necessary to discover, recover, analyze, and present in court information that has been stored on digital devices, including mainframe and personal computers, cellular telephones, tablets, gaming and other devices used during illegal activities. Students graduating with the BSDF degree will be prepared to fill entry- and advanced-level positions with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; with public and private sector non-profit companies; and with private sector for-profit companies. Students completing the program will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies (master’s and doctoral-level) in computer science, criminal justice, information systems, and information technology or pursue law school.
The courses in the BSDF are a mixture of criminal justice and computer science. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools they need in computer programming and operations to work effectively within a computer environment, and also the skills needed to understand the behavior of those who may be a threat to computer systems and/or engage in cybercrime. Additionally, graduates will have an understanding of the legal systems and processes necessary to gather digital evidence and support a computer investigation in court if necessary.
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Digital Forensics
The BSDF requires 41 hours in the major beyond the University of College core requirements. The courses required in the program are listed below.
or MA 225
|Calculus I - Honors|
|Criminal Justice Courses|
|CJ 210||Introduction to Digital Forensics||3|
|CJ 230||The Judicial Process in America: An Overview||3|
|CJ 402||Computer Forensics||3|
|CJ 410||Criminal Justice Ethics||3|
|CJ 419||Investigating Online Crimes||3|
|Digital Media Forensics|
and Digital Media Forensics Lab
|Computer Science Courses|
|Introduction to Computer Science in Python|
and Introduction to Computer Science in Python Lab
and Object-Oriented Programming Lab
|CS 250||Discrete Structures||3|
|CS 330||Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming||3|
and Systems Programming Laboratory
|Digital Forensics Internship and Capstone 1, 2|
or CJ 493
|Internship and Capstone for Digital Forensics Practitioners|
All students graduating with the BSDF will be required to complete an internship. These internships will place students in a law enforcement or intelligence agency at the federal, state, or local level; or in a cybersecurity related position within a business industry such as banking (Regions, Wells Fargo), finance (Visa, Deloitte), computers (Facebook, Google), or retail (Walmart, Target). Students will gain practical experience in their future employment, and will be able to test the skills they developed in the program.
A grade of C or better is required in all courses. Students must have a 2.3 cumulative GPA prior to applying for their Internship. Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.