Digital ForensicsComputers and other digital devices hold a wealth of information including text,digital images, audio and video, which can serve as key evidence for solving crimes. Forensic software programs can be used to image digital storage media and the images can be analyzed using a variety of investigative software programs. Mobile phone forensics is an area that is emphasized in the forensic science courses, as well as investigation of computers and gaming devices. The opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences with investigative tools allows students to participate in mock investigations in preparation for careers in this exciting discipline. For the Digital Forensics area of emphasis, the student must complete the following courses in addition to the core curriculum:

FSC 605 Forensic Digital Imaging
Introductory course in digital image processing.  Covers techniques used in forensic laboratory to enhance, analyze, and catalog digital images.  Instruction in a laboratory setting
3
FSC 609 Network Forensics
Teaches the basics of how computers and networks function, how they can be involved in crimes as well as a source of evidence
3
FSC 676 Advanced Digital Evidence Detection & Recovery
This course will provide an overview of the advanced procedures and techniques used by investigators working with digital evidence.  The course will be taught as a combination of lectures, laboratory and practical exercises.
2
FSC 634 Digital Evidence Search & Seizure
Topics covered in this course expand upon material coveredin FSC 632.  Additional areas include affidavits and warrants, national information security concepts, evidence collection, transport and preservation, computer networks, e-mail traces, imaging of original evidence, introduction to forensic tools, Windows registry, malware and spyware, virtualization and hand held devices.  Classes are presented in a lecture format and culminates with a mock, digital crime scene exercise.
3
Emphasis Credit Hours 11
Total Credit Hours (with Core Courses) 49

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