The Digital Forensics Major prepares students for the world of technology by introducing them to a variety of current hardware and software technologies. This major provides sufficient background and experience in problem solving enabling students to learn and adapt to new technologies they will meet in the workplace. Students pursuing the Digital Forensics major gain hands-on experience with software used by professional forensic examiners and explore the legal aspects of the discipline. The coursework for this track prepares students for the ACE certification in Digital Forensics.
Major Courses for B.S. in Digital Forensics
- CMSC 190: Introduction to Computer Programming
- CMTC 180: Introduction to Microsoft Access
- CMTC 190: Introduction to Computer Hardware and Peripherals
- CMDF-200: Introduction to Digital Forensics
- CMDF-220: Legal Issues in Digital Forensics I
- CMDF-260: Legal Issues in Digital Forensics II
- CMDF-300: Advanced Digital Forensics
- CMDF 311: Research Methods in Digital Forensics – (Writing Intensive)
- CMDF-320: Legal and Technical Writing in Digital Forensics
- CMDF-350: Cyber Security and Digital Forensics **
- CMDF 401: Internship in Digital Forensics
- CMDF 481: Special Topics
- CMDF 498: Seminar in Digital Forensics
- CMSC 210: Programming in Java OR
- CMTC 330: Introduction to Visual Basic Programming
- CMTC 230: Introduction to Data Communications
- CMTC 260: Applied Operating Systems
- CMTC 280: Database Design
- Any mathematics course above Math 100
- CRJU 122: Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJU 225: Criminal Procedure
All students in the Department participate in an internship that enables them to apply their academic knowledge and gain experience in the workplace. Students work closely with the Director of Experiential Learning in Career Services and the Department internship advisor to complete the internship process.
Sample Course Descriptions
CMDF-200 Introduction to Digital Forensics
Provides an introduction to Digital Forensics from a theoretical and practical perspective and an introduction to investigative tools and techniques used in the field. Personal computer operating system architectures and disk structures are reviewed and the proper use of available computer forensic hardware and software tools are examined. Other topics include the importance of digital evidence controls, the method of processing crime and incident scenes, the details of data acquisition, and the requirements of an expert witness. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands-on activities and assignments that emphasize both the theory and the practical application of computer forensic investigations.
CMDF-220 Legal Issues/Digital Forensics I
Provides students with an introduction to the laws of search and seizure and the civil and criminal laws pertaining to computers and the seizure of computer evidence. Students will examine cases and statutes from appropriate sources including the United States Constitution and Federal and State laws pertaining to Internet and email records, ECPA , search warrants and probable cause.
CMDF-300 Advanced Digital Forensics
Provides a more in-depth understanding of Digital Forensics and the investigative tools and techniques used in the field. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands on assignments that teach about theory as well as the practical application of computer forensic investigations. Topics covered in this course include: Case Reporting & Working with PRTK, Windows Registry and Registry Viewer, Link and Spool Files, Encrypted File System, Forensic Analysis, Forensic Duplication, File System Analysis, Internet and E-mail Usage Analysis, and ID Theft. The proper use of automated digital forensics tools will also be discussed. Cell phone forensics will also be explored, providing the proper software can be obtained.
CMDF-320 Legal and Technical Writing in Digital Forensics
Provides practical applications in legal and technical report writing in the area of Digital Forensics. In particular, students will examine what is involved in drafting complaint evaluations, witness statements, ECPA orders, search warrants and affidavits. Students will also examine data mapping in civil discovery, the use of reports in evaluating an investigation, the importance of e-discovery rules and the process of conducting a search.
CMTC-190 Intro to Computer Hardware/Peripherals
Provides a challenging introduction to technology for students interested in a major or minor in computer and information technology or related fields. Topics include elements of computer architecture and peripherals. Upon the completion of this course students should be prepared to take the A+ Certification Examination.
CMTC-230 Introduction to Data Communications
Provides an introduction to computer networks and data communications, data and signals, using conducted and wireless signals. Students consider local information exchanged through global networking. Additional topics incorporate the study of communications hardware and software and the ethical and moral issues emanating from the communications explosion.
Lisa Olivieri, SSJ, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
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