Computer & Digital Forensics Major Curriculum

Our award-winning program allows you to begin taking your Computer & Digital Forensics classes beginning in your first semester. As part of the curriculum, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by interning at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI). You'll learn the skills needed to succeed in your field right on campus while working on real live cases and investigations.

You will develop expertise in:

  • computer and digital forensics

  • android/iPhone/iPad mobile device forensics

  • the digital forensic tools used by government/private companies

  • cybersecurity

  • operating system, file system, and network forensics

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

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Computer & Digital Forensics Curriculum 2019–2020

First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Cybercrime & Digital Forensics
(FOR 100)

Systems Fundamentals
(SYS 140) 

Criminal Law
(CRJ 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Network Fundamentals
(NET 150)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Computer & Network Security
(SEC 250) 

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

Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Digital Forensic Analysis
(FOR 240)

Python Programming
(CSI 160)

System Admin & Network Services I
(SYS 255)

200-level COR course

200-level COR course

Second Semester

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

Advanced Python
(CSI 260)

Network Protocols
(NET 215)

200-level COR course

200-level COR course

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.

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 or Minor 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 or Minor Course

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

Fourth Year

First Semester

ITS Capstone Design
(CCC 410ITS)

ITS Capstone Reflection
(CCC 411)

Technical Writing
(WRT 231)

Malware Analysis & Incident Response
(FOR 430)

Specialization or Minor Course

Digital Forensic Practicum
(FOR 480)

Second Semester

ITS Capstone Senior Project
(CCC 412)

Specialization or Minor Course

General Elective

General Elective

Forensics Internship
(FOR 490) OR
Technical Elective