Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Concentration

Students earning the B.S. Computer Science major may or may not also elect to complete a Concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics broadly covers the intersecting fields of computer programming, information security, networking, hardware data retrieval and criminal justice.  In our modern interconnected society bad actors are constantly attempting to steal valuable information off of network connected devices.  It is the job of the cybersecurity professional to attempt to identify, prevent, and catch these bad actors while at the same time defending the network connected devices from these attacks.  Additionally, we are seeing that nearly every crime had a digital component and it is the job of the digital forensics professional to find the evidence contained on these digital devices.

This Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics concentration offers students the ability to learn relevant issues, technologies, and principles related to the field of cybersecurity and digital forensics. The concentration will prepare students to enter the high demand field of cybersecurity and digital forensics.

The requirements to complete the Concentration in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics include all of the requirements for the B.S. Computer Science major. In addition to the requirements for the B.S. Computer Science major, students must complete the following 15 credits with an average grade of C or higher in each course:

Required Courses:

Course Number

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

CSC 220

Introduction to Cybersecurity

CSC 117

3

CSC 343

Introduction to Digital Forensics

CSC 2XX-Introduction to Cybersecurity

3

CSC 345

Computer Forensics

CSC 3XX Introduction Digital Forensics

3

CSC 443

Network Forensics

CSC 243 Digital Communications and Networks
CSC 3XX Introduction to Digital Forensics

3

CSC 465

Selected Topics in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

To be announced with each topic.

3

 

Total: 15 credits

 

Notes: In order to successfully complete the cybersecurity concentration students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course.

This concentration can be completed on either the St. Thomas or St. Croix campus.

Examples of selected topics are: Information Security, Ethical Hacking, Web-based Security, Penetration Testing, Cryptography, and Malware Analysis.