Computer Forensics & Digital Investigation


Earn your computer forensics certificate online at Champlain College and enter this career field with a credential employers will respect.

Our 18-credit online computer forensics certificate includes:

  • The essential rationale underlying criminal law such as the nature of jurisdiction, the criminal act, the criminal state of mind and matters affecting responsibility for criminal conduct;
  • An in-depth coverage of computer crime statutes, management of evidence, and industry best-practices for examining computers that might contain crime-related information as well as how to prepare computer evidence for courtroom testimony;
  • Techniques used to investigate crimes perpetuated over the Internet and other telecommunications networks. Crimes such as auction fraud and social engineering, e-mail scams and phishing will be analyzed;
  • Insight into the motives behind white-collar crime and methods used by white-collar criminals to pursue their criminal endeavors, and the enforcement strategies and techniques applied in these cases;
  • Specialized areas of digital forensics, namely, information hiding, anti-forensics, and network forensics. Data hiding and anti-forensics will be explored with a specific concentration on cryptography (secret writing) and steganography (hidden writing).
  • Basic principles of digital media presented in order to understand how digital images, audio, and video can be manipulated and how such manipulation can be detected.


Note: Some courses in this certificate program may have prerequisites. Please click on the course name for a description and prerequisite information. If prerequisites are listed that are not currently part of the certificate program please call a CPS Counselor at 888-545-3459 for more information.

Course #TitleCredits
CRIM 120 Criminal Law 3
CFDI 270 Anti-Forensics and Network Forensics 3
CFDI 240 Digital Forensics Investigation Techniques 3
CFDI 345 Operating System Forensics 3
Plus Two Of The Following:
CFDI 310 Mobile Forensic Analysis 3
CFDI 350 White Collar Crime 3
CFDI 360 Cybercrime 3
CFDI 320 File Forensics 3

Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. government's Gainful Employment Program regulations provide students with the information they need to make informed educational choices including total program costs, loan repayment rates, and career outlooks. As part of the recent regulations on information disclosure for Gainful Employment (GE, 2011), eligible institutions must make available a standard group of information for all programs defined by the GE regulation. For Champlain College, a private, not-for-profit post-secondary institution, all certificate programs fall under the GE definition.

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