Digital Forensics

"Cyberattacks take an immense toll on the global economy, costing up to $575 billion per year." -- TIME

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Analyzing Evidence in a Digital World

Our Computer Forensics program will teach you how to recover evidence in civil and criminal investigations. You will learn the characteristics of networks, routers and various operating systems; principles of networking and intrusion prevention; techniques for adapting to new computer forensics software; guidelines for discovering and preserving forensic evidence; and legal and ethical aspects of computer investigation. Further, you will work with faculty experienced in the field, experience courses on investigating civil and criminal matters and information science, and participate in hands-on problem solving activities related to real-life scenarios.

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Security Manager – est. salary $85,085*
Forensic Science Technician – est. salary $46,867*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.



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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Digital Forensics degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3 credits  Complete ENGL 098/099 or place into ENGL 101  ENGL 101
JUS 101 - Survey of Justice 3 credits JUS 101 is a prerequisite for subsequent required JUS courses.
Students who place into ENGL 098/099 or ENGL 098/099 ESL may enroll in JUS 101
Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 101. For more information, contact the Digital Forensics curriculum coordinator.
 Major Course
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits   Social Sciences, Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, American/Global Diversity Elective
CIS 150 - Network Technology 4 credits Prerequisite for DF 220 Major Course
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 credits Placement Test Mathematics

Students must maintain a “C” average in all program specific courses.

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
DF 101 - Introduction to Digital Forensics 3 credits DF 101 is a prerequisite for subsequent required DF courses.  Major Course
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits     Tech Competency
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3 credits Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 261. For more information, contact the Digital Forensics curriculum coordinator. Major Course
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits   Humanities

Students must maintain a “C” average in all program-specific courses.

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
DF 201 - Digital Forensics II 3 credits Prerequisite: DF 101 Students must maintain a “C” average in all program specific courses. Major Course
DF 220 - Intrusion Response 3 credits Prerequisite: DF 101 & CIS 150 Major Course
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation 3 credits Prerequisite: JUS 101 Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 221. For more information, contact the Digital Forensics curriculum coordinator. Major Course
ENGL 112 - Report and Technical Writing 3 credits Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Major Course
BIOL 104 - Forensic Biology or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
4 credits Prerequisite: FMNT 118 Natural Science

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
DF 203 - Networking and Forensics 3 credits Prerequisite: DF 101 & CIS 150 Major Course
DF 250 - Digital Forensics Case and Laboratory Management 3 credits Pre-Requisite: DF 201 Students must maintain a C average in all program specific courses. Major Course
JUS 241 - Criminal Law 3 credits Prerequisite: JUS 101 or PLS 101 Persons who have graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy may be eligible to receive academic credit for Justice 241. For more information, contact the Digital Forensics curriculum coordinator. Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits Prerequisite: ENGL 101 requirement ENGL 102 Info Literacy
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems 3 credits   Humanities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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