Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics

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 and 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 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 and 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.

The BSDF requires 41 hours in the major beyond the University of College core requirements. The courses required in the program are listed below.

RequirementsHours
CJ 210Introduction to Digital Forensics3
CJ 331Criminal Procedure 3
CJ 402Computer Forensics 3
CJ 410Criminal Justice Ethics 3
CJ 415Investigating Online Crimes3
CJ 437Cybercrime and Forensics 3
CJ 499Internship and Capstone in Criminal Justice 3
MA 125Calculus I4
or MA 225 Calculus I - Honors
CS 103Introduction to Computer Science in Python4
CS 203Object-Oriented Programming4
CS 250Discrete Structures3
CS 330Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming3
CS 334Networking3
CS 423Network Security3
Total Hours45
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 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.