Become a digital crime-solver
Bachelor of Science - Digital Forensics (120 credits minimum)
Learn the tools and techniques to be a forensic investigator specializing in digital forensics when you earn your bachelor of science in digital forensics at Davenport University. Davenport is one of only 16 schools recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE).
Take classes on Davenport’s W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids from world-renowned faculty experts who pioneered software that’s used extensively in digital forensics. You could even earn full-tuition National Science Foundation scholarships that will help you land a forensic investigator or other guaranteed job through the NSF, DoD or other high-profile employers.
What is forensic science?
Forensics involves solving crimes by applying scientific methods and processes to criminal investigations. Digital forensics is a subspecialty of forensics and encompasses the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices. Earning degrees in digital forensics can lead to rewarding careers in this exciting and in-demand field.
Explore classes for Davenport’s digital forensics degree
Davenport’s curriculum for the digital forensics degree aligns to industry certification exams and tests so you’re ready for your next career step. You’ll take courses such as reverse engineering malware, mobile device forensics and network forensics. Through courses and hands-on experiences woven into your degree in digital forensics, you’ll learn to collect, process, preserve, analyze and present digital-related evidence.
Foundations of Excellence
|ACES100 or OPEN||Achieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective||3|
|MATH120 or MATH125||College Mathematics or Intermediate Algebra||3|
|MATH135/150/215||College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus I||3-4|
|SOSC201||Diversity in Society||3|
|SOSC301||Global & World Diversity||3|
|STAT220||Introduction to Statistics||3|
Foundations of Business
|ACCT200 or ACCT201||Accounting Basics for Managers or Accounting Foundations I||3-4|
Foundations of Digital Forensics
|BITS211||Microcomp Appl Spreadsheet||3|
|GPMT287||Principles of Project Mgmt||3|
|NETW101||PC Operating Systems||3|
|NETW141||MS Client and Server OS||3|
|NETW217||UNIX Operating Systems||3|
|IAAS256||Windows Digital Forensics||3|
|IAAS370||Mobile Device Forensics||3|
|IAAS375||File & Oper Systems/Data Recov||3|
|IAAS420||Reverse Engineering Malware||3|
|IAAS450||Adv Topic in Digital Forensics||3|
|IAAS460||Digital For Analy/Rep Writ EL||3|
|LEGL300||Evidence & Criminal Procedures||3|
|NETW151 or NETW220||Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks||3|
|NETW201||PC Maintenance and Management||3|
|NETW235||UNIX/Linux Server Admin||3|
|TECH497||College of Technology Capstone||3|
Open Electives - Apply MATH125 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr) here if required. Recommended Electives:
|IAAS490||Information Assur/Secur Intern||3|
Which class should I take? When should I take it?
See our Recommended Program Sequences:
Why study digital forensics at Davenport University?
At Davenport you’ll learn from faculty who are foremost experts in digital forensics. You’ll gain the knowledge, tools and techniques to recover and secure information from operating systems, file systems, networks and mobile devices. You’ll conduct real-world examinations through hands-on learning opportunities and national competitions, such as digital forensics challenges through Davenport’s Cyber Defense Organization.
Experience the Davenport difference:
Credit for your experience
Get credit for already earned industry certifications to reduce needed classes and cost.
Davenport’s rare CDFAE designation by the DoD highlights our commitment to excellence in digital forensics.
Full-tuition NSF scholarships available
Earn full-tuition National Science Foundation scholarships and guaranteed jobs through NSF or DoD Cybersecurity initiatives.
Prepare for success in digital forensics through a curriculum aligned to industry certification exams and tests.
Nearly 95% of Davenport students are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.
Prepare for careers in forensic science
Solve digital crimes in business, industry or government, from forensic investigator to information security analyst.
Get started on your digital forensics degree
Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your digital forensics degree.