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2018-2019 Online Catalog 
2018-2019 Online Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cyber Forensics, A.A.S.

Program Description

The Cyber Forensics degree program prepares students with competencies in the collection, preservation and analysis of digital evidence for presentation in criminal or civil court. Effective oral, written, and visual communication of scientific, analytical, and technical information are emphasized throughout the digital forensics courses. This career-oriented program provides students with the skills required to uncover relevant information discoverable through scientific and forensics analysis of various types of digital evidence. Students also study national and international laws applicable to cyber investigations, cyber crimes, intellectual property, and digital privacy. Using professional, court-approved investigative software in a dedicated computer classroom, students gain valuable hands-on experience with proper procedures for gathering electronic evidence while maintaining the legal chain of custody. An emphasis is placed upon professional codes of ethical conduct required for careers in cyber forensics.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Conduct digital forensics investigations as members of a collaborative team that conform to accepted professional standards and are based on the investigative process: identification, preservation, examination, analysis and reporting;
  • Effectively communicate the results of a cyber forensic analysis verbally, electronically, visually, in writing, and in presentations to both technical and lay audiences;
  • Investigate potential security breaches of computer data that suggest violations of legal, ethical, policy or societal standards;
  • Critically evaluate relevant technical and legal information and emerging industry trends;
  • Examine professional and ethical codes of conduct with respect to cyber forensics.

After Union County College

Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce and apply for middle-skill career positions in the field of cyber forensics.

Recommended Sequence

First Year

Semester Total: 14

Semester Total: 14

Second Year

Total Program Credits: 61-62

*Any CST course except CST 100.

Milestone Courses

The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information