Equip yourself to be skilled at solving computer crimes
Bachelor of Science - Digital Forensics (120 credits minimum)
Be at the leading edge of innovation by developing your digital forensics and investigative skills with a Bachelor or Science in Digital Forensics. In this program, you are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to collect, process, preserve, analyze and present computer-related evidence. You will learn to use tools and techniques to recover and secure information from computer operating systems, file systems, networks and mobile devices. Whether it be in detecting fraud, finding and assessing network vulnerabilities, assisting in a criminal investigation or in counter-intelligence activities, the hands-on learning and solid theoretical knowledge provided in this program poise you to seize a variety of professional opportunities in multiple business, industry and government sectors.
Hands-on experience conducting investigations to define and analyze intrusion methodologies in digital devices, media, and networks provides application-based experience to excel in the professional setting. Study evidence collection techniques and courtroom presentation procedures for testifying in a court of law.
In addition, Davenport is one of only 15 schools in the nation designated by the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Digital Forensics (CDFAE) highlighting a commitment to excellence in the field of Digital Forensics.
Which class should I take? When should I take it?
See our Recommended Program Sequences:
Foundations of Excellence
|SOSC301||Global & World Diversity||3.0|
|MATH135/150/215||College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus I||3-4|
|SOSC201||Diversity in Society||3.0|
|STAT220||Introduction to Statistics||3.0|
|ACES100 or OPEN||Achieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective||3|
Foundations of Business
|ACCT200 or ACCT201||Accounting Basics for Managers (recommended) or Accounting Foundations I||3-4|
Foundations of Digital Forensics
|GPMT287||Principles of Project Mgmt||3.0|
|NETW217||UNIX Operating Systems||3.0|
|BITS211||UNIX Operating Systems||3.0|
|NETW101||PC Operating Systems||3.0|
|NETW141||MS Client and Server OS||3.0|
|IAAS370||Mobile Device Forensics||3.0|
|IAAS375||File & Oper Systems/Data Recov||3.0|
|IAAS420||Reverse Engineering Malware||3.0|
|NETW201||PC Maintenance and Management||3.0|
|IAAS450||Adv Topic in Digital Forensics||3.0|
|LEGL300||Evidence & Criminal Procedures||3.0|
|IAAS460||Digital For Analy/Rep Writ EL||3.0|
|NETW235||UNIX/Linux Server Admin||3.0|
|TECH497||College of Technology Capstone||3.0|
|NETW151 or NETW220||Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks||3|
|IAAS256||Windows Digital Forensics||3.0|
Open Electives - Apply MATH125 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr) here if required. Recommended Electives:
|IAAS490||Information Assur/Secur Intern||3.0|
Certification Course Credit
Davenport offers course credit for specific certifications you may hold. Obtaining a certificate demonstrates your knowledge in a specific technology area. In addition, it also indicates your dedication and motivation to professional development. For these reasons, certification exams are highly recommended after completing certificate related courses in Davenport's technology programs. See our certification page for additional information.
The BS in Digital Forensics can be completed in-seat only to provide you with the necessary hands-on experience required to prepare you for professional opportunities in this field.
Digital Forensics Challenge
Our Cyber Defense Organization also offers additional opportunities for competitions and networking. In 2013 and 2015, Davenport’s cyber defense team took 1st place at the Michigan State Competition.
Through the digital forensics challenges, you will help create better methods for digital forensics, multimedia lab services, while increasing cyber technical training, researching, testing, and evaluating the capabilities of those supporting cyber counterintelligence and counter-terrorism for the Department of Defense.