Computer & Digital Forensics Major

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How do you search for evidence on confiscated devices or investigate the cloud for data breaches? What happens when a multi-national network is compromised? How are drug traffickers using unexpected platforms to communicate? Each technological advancement brings new threats and criminal enterprises.

Learn to unlock these secrets, preserve evidence, and uphold the law.

Champlain's award-winning Computer & Digital Forensics Bachelor of Science program is the leading destination in the country for those who want to enter this exciting field. You'll spend all four years developing a deep skill set in digital forensics, starting in your first semester.

Why Study Computer & Digital Forensics at Champlain?

  • Champlain College is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the National Institute of Justice, and the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center as a premier institution for digital investigation and cyber defense. 
  • The early experience you gain through our Upside-Down Curriculum gives you opportunities to take on internships and professional work that most undergraduates wouldn't be qualified for. From day one at Champlain, you're taught by industry experts; you use the same tools and techniques that businesses and government agencies are using for their investigations.
  • You can opt for a concentration to specialize your expertise—and the 4+1 concentration allows you to graduate with a master's degree in Digital Forensics after just one additional year of study.
  • Champlain maintains close relationships with companies throughout Burlington and the world, giving you access to exciting, relevant internships in addition to our those in our renowned Leahy Center.

LEADING INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL FORENSICS

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National Recognition

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Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Gain unparalleled experience working in the Senator Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, Champlain's fully-equipped, state-of-the-art, digital forensics laboratory.

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside professional investigators and law enforcement officials conducting actual investigations. For example, our students involved in the Leahy Center were some of the first people in the country working on the digital forensics of Google Glass.

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Concentrations

concentration or a minor is a required part of your Computer & Digital Forensics education. Your faculty advisor will help you map out the best path to reach your desired career or graduate studies goals. Available concentrations:

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Investigation
  • Cybersecurity: Threats & Mitigation
  • 4+1 Digital Forensic Science (a BS/MS five-year program)

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The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

THE MOST


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.

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Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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