Computer and Digital Forensics

Investigate cyber breaches by gathering and examining digital evidence and preparing evidence for court following forensic processes.

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Skills
  • Ethics
  • Hacking
  • Digital analysis
  • Investigation techniques
  • Forensic report writing
Careers
  • Consultant
  • Cyber investigator
  • Incident response analyst

Requirements

  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (18 units)
Core requirements (12 units):
  • ITP-125L “From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security” (2 units)
  • ITP-375 “Digital Forensics” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-475 “Advanced Digital Forensics” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
  • ITP-479 “Cyber Law and Privacy” (3 units)
Electives (6 units):
  • ITP-325 “Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-445 “Macintosh, OS X, and iOS Forensics” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
  • ITP-446 “Cyber Breach Investigations” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
  • ITP-447 “Mobile Device Security and Forensics” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
  • ITP-448 “Cyber Litigation Support” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]
Substitutions:

The following courses are also pre-approved electives for the minor. If you enroll in one of the following courses, please email our academic advisors so that they can update your STARS report. Substitution courses are not automatically applied to your minor requirements, so you will need to ask our academic advisors to make the change for you.

  • ITP-499 “Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis" (2 units)

Specialization (9 units)
Core requirements (9 units):
  • ITP-125L “From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security” (2 units)
  • ITP-375 “Digital Forensics” (3 units) [prerequisite: ITP-125]
  • ITP-475 “Advanced Digital Forensics” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-375]

Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major advisor about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

-Lauren Donaghy, Psychology "I signed up for “From Hackers to CEOs: Introduction to Information Security” and loved it. I then pivoted into focusing on a career in cybersecurity while continuing to major in a non-technical area. The information I learned from USC ITP formed my foundational cybersecurity knowledge that I use on a day-to-day basis in my career even 6+ years later." -Lauren Donaghy, Psychology Class of 2013 -Andrea Sotelo Gasperi, Neuroscience "ITP opened my eyes to fields, jobs, and careers that I had not encountered as a Neuroscience major. If it had not been for this minor I would not have discovered my interest in pursuing a career in Risk Management, Cyber Law, and Privacy, and I would not have found my current job." -Andrea Sotelo Gasperi, Neuroscience Class of 2020 -Ayman Siraj, Chemical Engineering "I had two free units one semester and took ITP125 and loved it. I wouldn't have my current job (Cybersecurity Associate) if I hadn't completed my ITP minor. ITP offers skills that employers value directly." -Ayman Siraj, Chemical Engineering Class of 2018 What our students and alumni say
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