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 (LCDI). 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 2017–2018


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Cybercrime & Digital Forensics
(FOR 100)

Introduction to Networking & Security
(NET 130)

Criminal Law
(CRJ 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

TCP/IP
(NET 215)

Systems Software
(CIT 140)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Introduction to Statistics (MTH 180) OR
Calculus I (MTH 230) OR
Discrete Mathematics (MTH 270)


Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Digital Forensics Analysis
(FOR 240)

Python Programming
(CSI 160)

System Admin & Network Services I
(NET 255)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

The Law of Searching, Seizing and Using Digital Evidence
(CRJ 225)

Advanced Python
(CSI 260)

Computer & Network Security
(SEC 250)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester* (semester can be spent abroad)

Mobile Device Forensics
(FOR 310)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

 Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization Course

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*

(COR 330)

Introduction to Forensic Science with Lab
(SCI 170)

Second Semester

File System Forensics
(FOR 320)

Operating System Forensics
(FOR 340)

Specialization Course

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Capstone Design
(CCC 410ITS)

Capstone Reflection
(CCC 411)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Malware Analysis & Incident Response
(FOR 430)

Specialization Course

Digital Forensic Practicum
(FOR 480)

Second Semester

ITS Capstone Senior Project
(CCC 412)

Specialization Course

General Elective

General Elective

Forensics Internship
(FOR 490) OR
Technical Elective