About the Program

The College of Engineering and Computer Science Digital Forensics degree program covers a wide range of knowledge, including forensic accounting and the criminal justice aspects of forensics, but puts primary emphasis on deep knowledge of computer science subjects, such as data structures, algorithms, software engineering, database management, computer networks, web technology, operating systems, and security.

About the Field

Digital Forensics is the area of computer science concerned with the examination and analysis of computer hard drives, storage devices, cell phones, tablets, or any electronic device that may hold evidence which could be used in a court of law. The device could be as simple as a cell phone or as complex as a main server for a large corporation. The digital forensics analyst uncovers and preserves data for later use as legal evidence, and analyzes the data in light of a particular crime or criminal or civil investigation. This may involve determining how hackers or unauthorized persons gained access to information or computer systems as well as where and how they navigated within the system.

Digital forensics specialists recover files and emails or other electronic correspondence that have been deleted or erased. They also recover data after hardware or software failure, and develop means to harden computer, cyber, and data security against loss, corruption, sabotage, or external attack.

The tasks of a digital forensics specialist include:

  • Conduct computer forensic investigations and electronic discovery requests for various clients
  • On-site collection of data at client facilities
  • Verify, analyze, and transfer secure data sets from field investigators
  • Use off-the-shelf and proprietary data collection, analysis, and reporting tools
  • Develop security tools and methodologies to incorporate into current business practices and processes

Curriculum Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 123 credits and earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Digital Forensics. Students in the Computer and Information Science department's Digital Forensics program are advantaged by graduating from one of the few such computer science-heavy programs in the country.  See the full requirements here.

Please note that beginning in Fall 2015, all freshmen must follow the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) requirements. 

Program Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the coursework in the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program:

  1. Our graduates will be qualified for employment in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance related fields or other career paths, including industrial, academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, or will be successful graduate students in a program preparing them for such employment;
  2. Our graduates will be qualified to lead and participate in culturally diverse teams
  3. Our graduates will be able to continue professional development by obtaining continuing education credits, professional registration or certifications, or post-graduate study credits or degrees.