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Digital Forensics

The Digital Forensics program provides a sound educational foundation for the performance of professional activities within the computer forensics arena. A sequence of courses is offered which will enable students to: (1) develop a knowledge base about computer crime, computer evidence and computer investigation; (2) adopt a set of professional values; and (3) develop skills related to professional activity in the field of computer forensics. Students completing the Digital Forensics program will be prepared to enter the field of computer forensics in a public or private environment as computer crime investigators, computer crime analysts, computer forensics investigators, computer forensics technicians, computer forensics analysts, Internet security technicians and Internet security analysts. Individuals currently working in this or a related field will substantially enhance their knowledge and skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply criminal investigation techniques to basic computer forensic investigations.
  • Conduct analyses of digital media and recover digital evidence.
  • Explain the concept of intrusion and describe the techniques that intruders use to penetrate and damage networks.
  • Employ surveillance methods to prevent intrusions.
  • Uncover digital evidence of criminal activity in networks.

Program Entry Requirements:
Students entering the curriculum are required to demonstrate competency in basic skills by acceptable performance on the College's placement tests (English 101 placement). Some students, as part of the curriculum, may be required to complete appropriate developmental English and mathematics courses.

Students will also be required to submit to a criminal record check and may be excluded from the program for felony convictions.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Computer Forensics, the student must complete a minimum of 62 prescribed credit hours and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Credit for Previous Academic Experiences:
Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 101, Justice 221, Justice 241 and Justice 261. For more information, contact the Computer Forensics curriculum coordinator.

Digital Forensics Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
JUS 101 - Survey of Justice   3  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 Mathematics
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance   4  

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
CIS 150Network Technology  CIS 105 4  
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation JUS 101 3  
DF 101 - Introduction to Digital Forensics CIS 105 and PLS 101 or  JUS 101 3  
JUS 241 - Criminal Law JUS 101 or PLS 101 3  

Third Semester

JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure JUS 101 3  
DF 201 - Digital Forensics II DF 203 3  
DF 203 - Networking and Forensics DF 101, CIS 150 3  
Natural Science Elective   3/4  Natural Sciences
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences

Fourth Semester

Social Science Elective   3 Social Science
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
DF 220 - Intrusion Detection and Prevention DF 101, CIS 150 3  
DF 250 - Digital Forensics Case and Laboratory Management DF 201 3  
General Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 62

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010