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Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations A.S. Degree

  • CT to AS to BAS
  • Careers in computer forensics

    Our programs prepare you to work in the growing field of computer and digital forensics as:

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  • Become an expert in solving computer crimes

    AS iconThe number of cybercrimes seems to grow every day: internet fraud, online identity theft, illegal downloading of music and movies. Even crimes that don't use a computer can leave an electronic footprint. Our Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations A.S. Degree teaches you how to recover and investigate evidence and material from all kinds of digital devices.

  • What you will learn

    Our programs in computer related crime investigations and digital forensics teach you:

    • Computer research and investigative tools and techniques
    • How to track hackers, pedophiles and internet stalkers
    • How to conduct identity theft and internet fraud investigations
    • How to combat computer software piracy and copyright infringement
    • Legal aspects of computer related crime investigations
  • Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations
    Associate in Science

    DIGFORN-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -
    Kevin Thomas, Lead Instructor, AC, (727) 341-4540
    Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503
    Sharon Setterlind, Dean, 7273414677

    Program Summary

    This is a professional training program which will provide the student with skills in researching, investigating, using computer software, interpreting laws, and using the Internet as an investigative tool. The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for careers in corporate computer security investigation or similar careers in computer security and law enforcement. Also the courses have been aligned with industry certifications.

    The prerequisites for entry to the curriculum are permission of the Dean; attend an interview session; and basic computer use skills: editing files, navigating a file system, and browsing the internet. The courses include tasks that will enhance the student's ability to obtain and interpret data from various sources. The student will also be provided with scenarios and case histories to explore and gain experience.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Psychology (Select 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
    PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES

    CCJ 1020Introduction to Criminal Justice3
    CJE 1669Identity Theft Investigations3
    CJE 1680Introduction to Computer Related Crime Investigations3
    CJE 1681Internet as an Investigative Tool3
    CJE 1682Tracking and Profiling Hackers, Pedophiles and Internet Stalkers3
    CJE 1683Internet Pornography Investigations3
    CJE 1684Internet Fraud Investigations3
    CJE 1685Legal Aspects of Computer Related Criminal Investigations3
    CJE 1686Forensic Computer Related Crime Investigations3
    CJE 1687Computer Software Piracy and Copyright Infringement3
    CET 1171CComputer Repair Essentials3
    CIS 1358Operating System Security3
    CET 1172CComputer Support Technician3
    CIS 2352Ethical Hacking3
    CTS 1120Network Security Foundations3
    Total Credits63