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]

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 adviser about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our advisement team with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.


Next steps

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