The Bachelor of Science in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s cyber threats. Digital forensic and information assurance skills are in high demand in law enforcement, business, government, defense, intelligence, and the private sector. The program has a solid foundation in science, technology, and communication skills. Students learn to conduct forensic analysis on a variety of devices and systems, defend a network, testify in court, and conduct penetration tests among other skills.
Hands-on labs and experiences are a central part of the program. Students are exposed to a wide array of professional tools including hardware and software. As part of the curriculum, students will sit for the AccessData Certified Examiner test. This provides students with the opportunity to leave the university with a degree and a sought-after real world credential.
Students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple internship opportunities that afford them the chance to gain even more hands-on experience.
Emphasis is placed on hands-on training and ability to utilize modern tools to find electronic evidence for the purpose of civil litigation and law enforcement and to defend computer networks from intrusion. In addition to those courses required within the IST Department, required courses include: IST 163, 261, 263, 362, 363, 447, 448, 449, 462, 463, 464, 467; MGT 320; CJ 326; ENG 354; and MIS 420.
Transfer students with prior college experience can receive equivalent credit for required courses. A minor in a relevant field of study such as Business or Criminal Justice would be recommended.
Prior to entering their junior year, students are required to pass a background check (no arrests or convictions) and supply two letters of reference that attest to the student’s character. Under certain very limited circumstances, this requirement may be waived. That decision will be made by a review committee comprised of the university digital forensic and information assurance faculty along with the IST department chair. The background check is done at the student’s expense.