Digital Forensics is the area of computer science concerned with the examination and analysis of computer hard drives, storage devices, cell phones, PDA’s, 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 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.
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.
Students complete a minimum of 123 credits and earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Digital Forensics.
Students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science Digital Forensics program are advantaged by graduating from one of the few such computer science-heavy programs in the country.
- Our graduates will be successfully employed in digital forensics–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;
- Our graduates will lead and participate in culturally diverse teams, becoming global collaborators;
- Our graduates will continue professional development by obtaining continuing education credits, professional registration or certifications, or post-graduate study credits or degrees.
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices;
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
In addition to completion of the Dearborn Discovery Core, the following courses are required to earn a BS degree in Digital Forensics from UM-Dearborn.
|POL 101||Intro to American Government||3|
|SOC 200||Understanding Society||3|
|CRJ 363||Crim Justice Syst and Policy||3|
|CRJ 465||Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz||3|
|CRJ 474||Cyber Crimes||3|
|CRJ 475||Digital Evidence||3|
|ACC 298||Financial Accounting||3|
|ACC 304||Auditing&Forensic Examinations||3|
|OB 354||Behavior in Organization||3|
|MATH 115||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 116||Calculus II||4|
|CIS 275||Discrete Structures I||4|
|MATH 217||Intro to Matrix Algebra||2-3|
|or MATH 227||Introduction to Linear Algebra|
|IMSE 317||Eng Probability and Statistics||3|
|Laboratory Science Sequence|
|Two courses, 8 credits, in one sequence from:||8|
|Intro Org and Environ Biology|
and Intro Molec & Cellular Biology
|General Chemistry IA|
and General Chemistry IIA
|Gen Chemistry IB|
and General Chemistry IIB
and Historical Geology
|Introductory Physics I|
and Introductory Physics II
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
|Digital Forensics Core|
|Eight computer and information science courses are required of Digital Forensics concentrators:||35|
|Computer Science I|
|Computer Science II|
|Computer Org and Assembly Lang|
|Data Struc and Algorithm Anlys|
|Software Engineering I|
|Database Mgmt Systems|
|Comp Networks and Dis Process|
|Computer Science Senior Design Seminars|
|CIS 4951||Design Seminar I||2|
|CIS 4952||Design Seminar II||2|
|Digital Forensics Courses|
|CIS/ECE 387||Digital Forensics I||4|
|CIS/ECE 467||Digital Forensics II||4|
|Choose two courses from the following:||6|
|Intro Computr & Ntwrk Security|
|Digi Content Protec|
|Total Credit Hours||108-109|