Specializations

Focused Areas of Study For Computer & Digital Forensics Majors

Through curriculum offerings in specialized areas of study, you can tailor your Computer & Digital Forensics major to gain a high degree of specific, marketable technical expertise. Specializations are a required part of your Computer & Digital Forensics major and may be taken in tandem with other elective Computer & Digital Forensics courses. Students may opt to obtain a minor instead of a specialization.

Your faculty advisor in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals. Please see an overview of each specialization below—you can click on the specialization title to learn more.

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The important skills and understanding you develop through the Computer Science specialization at Champlain College will give you a tremendous advantage in the marketplace when you begin your job search. Through our 12-credit specialization, you'll gain the programming background needed to write your own code, scripts, and programs for automated analysis, helping employers streamline their digital forensics processes.

Through the Computer Science specialization, you will:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of programming—a significant element in the collection and process of digital forensics.
  • Receive an introduction to basic and advanced programming methods, and learn some of the most important concepts of mathematics that are necessary for the software engineer.
  • Be able to participate and contribute to malware investigations and file systems forensics.
  • Be able to create a computer program to automate digital forensics processes that are typically handled manually.

Courses in this specialization include:

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Cyber Investigation is an exploding area of digital forensics worldwide, and the Cyber Investigation specialization will give you the specialized skills needed to succeed in the field. Through this 12-credit specialization, you'll be an asset to law enforcement and public safety officials by:

  • Gaining an understanding of the theory and fundamentals of criminal investigation, from the crime scene to the courtroom.
  • Learning principles and practices of investigative interviewing, and delving into previous cases of criminal and white-collar crime.
  • Being able to conduct a cyber investigation and crimes that involve technology, such as the Cloud and mobile phones.
  • Evaluating cyber crime scenes and recommending proper courses of action for digital forensic investigators.

Courses in this specialization include:

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Managing risks related to the use and transmission of information or data is the fundamental concept behind cybersecurity. The information stored on networks is a valuable asset to governments and corporations. Companies need to react quickly to a security breach or leak, and must work to prevent them in the future. That's where you come in.

When a hacker compromises a network, digital forensics investigators and examiners are there to figure out how the threat happened, when and where it took place, and the damage it created. In this 12-credit specialization, you'll learn how to:

  • Gain the foundational knowledge to secure a network and enhance your skills as an examiner.
  • Analyze the rationale and necessity for securing computer systems and data networks as well as methodologies for implementing security, security policies, best current practices, and security testing.
  • Identify risks and threats that may cause significant impact to an information system.

Courses in this specialization include:

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Begin taking master's level courses in Computer Digital Forensics while you are still an undergraduate with Champlain College's 4+1 combined bachelor's/master's degree program.

During your junior year, you can apply for Champlain's Master of Science program in Digital Forensic Science. Take courses alongside industry professionals who have been in the field for over ten years. Examine the mission of digital forensics from the perspectives of public and private sectors, including internal corporate investigations, policy auditing, and anti-terrorism information gathering. Enhance your technical skills for data recovery and digital investigations.

Through this unique program, you will be able to take as many as four master's level courses while completing your undergraduate degree. Those course credits count toward both your undergraduate degree—as your specialization—and your graduate degree.

Program topics include:

    • Different principles behind the science of digital forensics, with the goal of implementing scalable and sustainable solutions to investigate digital crimes.
    • Digital investigation principles that are specific to civil and criminal litigation. You'll examine case studies of public sector digital investigations to compare with private sector methodologies.
    • The strategic and tactical functions of business that merge traditional topics with Champlain's Reflective Integrated Practice model.

Upon completion of this specialization, students will be able to create and recommend solutions to businesses dealing with enterprise-level malware attacks.

Graduate-level courses may include:

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