Computer and Digital Forensics

Cyber threats and vulnerabilities pose a serious global economic hazard. There is high demand for students with practical cyber security and digital forensic skills. Students in the Digital Forensics program will study various areas of cyber investigations, including digital evidence gathering, reporting, examinations, and court presentations. Computer forensic skills provide an excellent way to gain government or law enforcement employment at the local, state, or federal level, or within the private sector. This field provides immediate career opportunities with some of the highest paying jobs in today’s market.

Skills Learned

critical thinking, communication skills, problem solving

Popular With

Viterbi, Marshall, Economics, Accounting, Psychology students, & more

Companies That Have Hired

Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, FBI, Crowdstrike, Stroz Friedberg, Mandiant, Rapid7, Cisco

How Do I Apply?

Make an appointment with an ITP advisor! Please call the ITP Office at 213-740-4542 to schedule a meeting or Contact Us.

Minor Requirements

Minimum units: 18 (Four core courses and two electives)

Required courses:
All of the following courses (12 units):

• ITP 125 – From Hackers to CEOs: An Introduction to Information Security (2 units)
• ITP 375 – Digital Forensics (3 units)*
• ITP 475 – Advanced Digital Forensics (4 units)**
• ITP 479 – Digital Law and Privacy (3 units)

Prerequisite notes:
* Students must take ITP 125 prior to taking ITP 375.
** Students mus take ITP 375 prior to taking ITP 475.

Electives:
Choose two courses for a minimum of 6 units:

• ITP 325 – Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense (3 units)
• ITP 445 – Macintosh, OSX, and iOS Forensics (3 units)
• ITP 446 – Cyber Breach Investigations (3 units)
• ITP 447 – Mobile Device Forensics (3 units)

Prerequisite notes:
* Electives have prerequisites from the required course list.

Important Minor Catalogue Rules:

Students must take at least 16 units that are unique to the minor (i.e. not required to fulfill the student’s major, another minor, or general education requirements). 

Specialization Requirements

Specializations are a great alternative for students who are interested in gaining experience in a subject area but do not have space in their schedule to complete a full minor program. While specializations are not a formal part of a degree program, certificates are available upon completion of required coursework.

Minimum units: 9 (Three required courses)

Required courses:
All of the following courses (9 units):

• ITP 125- From Hackers to CEOs: An Introduction to Information Security (2 units)
• ITP 375- Digital Forensics (3 units)*
• ITP 475- Advanced Digital Forensics (4 units)**

Prerequisite notes:
* Students must take ITP 125 prior to taking ITP 375.
** Students must take ITP 375 prior to taking ITP 475.

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