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Digital Forensics and Incident Response, BS

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Melbourne Campus, Online Division

Digital Forensics and Incident Response is the sector of Information Security that applies forensic methodology and processes to examine data breaches, malware infestations, and other cyber-crimes. DF(IR) professionals are needed worldwide to detect compromised systems, discover how and when an attack occurred, understand what data was taken or changed, and quickly contain and remediate cyber incidents.

Program Objectives

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Digital Forensics and Incident Response program are to produce graduates whom:

  • To assist students in becoming proficient in the use of information technology security tools and basic forensic techniques for the collection, preservation, analysis, and reporting of digital network evidence.
  • To enhance students’ ability to plan for, detect, respond to, and recover from incidences that require network forensic activity.
  • To provide students with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and communication skills needed in the field of Digital Forensics and Incident Response.
  • To equip students with the skills needed to analyze the legal considerations for investigating and prosecuting computer crimes to develop a forensic process that is defensible in court.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Forensics and Incident Response, students must complete 120 credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 40 months (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Digital Forensics and Incident Response Major Courses (36.0 credit hours)
Data Forensics I 3.0 credit hours
Data Forensics II 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Computer Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Information Security 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Investigations 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Cyber Investigations 3.0 credit hours
Programming for Cybersecurity 3.0 credit hours
Supporting Client Operating Systems 3.0 credit hours
Essentials of Networking 3.0 credit hours
Multi-User Operating Systems (Linux) 3.0 credit hours
Networking Software, Security & Admin 3.0 credit hours

Lower Division General Education Courses (27.0 credit hours)

Credit hours in parentheses indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline.

Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1877 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Philosophy 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Digital Forensics and Incident Response Major Courses (36.0 credit hours)
Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Malware Analysis 3.0 credit hours
Network Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Computer System Forensic Analysis 3.0 credit hours
Network Defense and Countermeasures 3.0 credit hours
Windows Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Corporate Security Policy and Preparedness 3.0 credit hours
Analytic Forensic Case Studies 3.0 credit hours
Cyber Crimes 3.0 credit hours
Internet of Things Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Image & Video Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Applications in Information Security 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Intermediate Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Elective Course (12.0 credit hours)
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