Computer & Digital Forensics Curriculum

Our award winning program allows you to begin taking your Computer & Digital Forensics classes beginning in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major!

As part of the curriculum, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through interning at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation. You'll learn skills needed to succeed in your field right on campus while working on real-live cases and investigations.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Computer & Digital Forensics faculty built the curriculum so you can spend the fall semester of your third year studying abroad without getting behind on required courses for your major.

Computer & Digital Forensics Curriculum 2014-2015


First Year

First Semester

Cyber Crime - Criminal & Civil Investigations
(FOR 100)

Introduction to Networking/Security
(CIT 130)

Criminal Law
(CRJ 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Intro to Forensic Science with Lab
(SCI 170)

Introduction to Computer Theory
(CIT 135)

Systems Software
(CIT 140)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Digital Forensics
(FOR 240)

Law of Digital Evidence
(CRJ 225)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Digital Forensic Tool Evaluation
(FOR 260)

Anti-Forensics & Network Forensics
(FOR 270)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

First Semester* (semester can be spent abroad)

Mobile Device Forensics
(FOR 310)

Computer Forensics Internship
(FOR 490) OR
Technical Elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

 Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

General Elective

Second Semester

File System Forensics
(FOR 320)

Operating System Forensics
(FOR 340)

Communication and Ethics
(COM 220) OR
Global IT & Ethics
(CSI 320)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

E-Discovery & Data Analytics
(FOR 420)

Advanced Practice in Digital Investigations
(FOR 430)

Specialization 1

Specialization 2

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Specialization 3

Specialization 4

General Elective

General Elective


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