Digital Forensics


The Digital Forensics program provides a sound educational foundation for the performance of professional activities within the digital forensics discipline. A sequence of courses is offered which will enable students to: (1) develop a knowledge base about computer crime, digital evidence and technological investigations; (2) adopt a set of professional values; and (3) develop skills related to best practices in the field of digital forensics. Students completing the Digital Forensics program will be prepared to engage in digital forensic analysis in public or private sector environments as digital forensics analysts or examiners, digital evidence technicians, consultants and expert witnesses, litigation support and e-discovery specialists, and members of incident response teams in cyber security. Individuals working in Digital Forensics or a related field will enhance their current knowledge and skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Explain how computers, networks, and digital technology are used in cyber-crimes, civil wrongs, and policy violations.
  • Recognize, identify and properly collect digital media, network data, and digital storage devices.
  • Conduct forensic acquisition, verification, and authentication of digital media and network data for use in court.
  • Analyze artifacts from computer systems, networks, and digital storage media with value in civil, criminal, or internal investigations.
  • Employ legal, ethical, and best practice methodologies in performing digital forensics duties, laboratory management, and case documentation.

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 convictions.

Credit for Prior 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 Digital Forensics curriculum coordinator.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Digital Forensics, the student must complete a minimum of 62 prescribed credit hours and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
JUS 101 - Survey of Criminal Justice   3 credits  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 credits Mathematics
ENGL 115 -  Public Speaking   3 credits Humanities

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
CIS 150 - Network Technology   4 credits  
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation JUS 101 3 credits  
DF 101 - Introduction to Digital Forensics PLS 101 or  JUS 101 3 credits  
JUS 241 - Criminal Law JUS 101 or PLS 101 3 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure JUS 101 3 credits  
DF 201 - Digital Forensics II DF 101 3 credits  
DF 203 - Networking and Forensics DF 101CIS 150 3 credits  
BIOL 104 - Forensic Biology or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
FNMT 118 or higher placement 3 or 4 credits Natural Science
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 credits Social Sciences
Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 credits  
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems   3 credits  
DF 220 - Intrusion Response DF 101CIS 150 3 credits  
DF 250 - Digital Forensics Case and Laboratory Management DF 201 3 credits  
ENGL 112 - Technical Writing   3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.

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